To celebrate the New Year, Lisa Batiashvili joins the Staatskapelle Berlin and Maestro Daniel Barenboim for two performances at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. Ms. Batiashvili plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 on December 31 and January 2. The concert programme also include's the composer's Suite from "The Nutcracker," Op. 71 and the Tchaikovsky/Duke Ellington "The Nutcracker" Jazz Suite with trumpeter Till Brönner. Please note the New Year's Eve performance has limited ticket availability, and the January 2 date is now completely sold-out.


Her recent Deutsche Grammophon album release of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Concertos with Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin has recently been honored on The Guardian, Presto Classical, and iTunes "Best of 2016" lists.


On January 5 Lisa again plays Tchaikovsky, now with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano at the Kölner Philharmonie, followed by a performance at Amsterdam's Het Concertgebouw on January 8. Other works featured on these concerts include Ljadov's The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62 and Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 ("From the New World").

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Zu Gast: Die Geigerin Lisa Batiashvili

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Lisa Batiashvili performs her first concerts as Artist in Residence with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with whom she will feature as soloist and chamber musician throughout the 2016/17 season in Amsterdam and on tour.

Lisa Batiashvili ist deutlich jünger als ihre beste Freundin, man sieht die beiden kaum ohne einander. Auch zu unserem Fototermin kommen sie gemeinsam, die Geigerin und ihre Geige, eine Guarneri del Gesù aus dem Jahr 1739, es ist das Jahr, in dem Händels Oratorium Saul in London uraufgeführt wurde, zehn Jahre danach wurde ein Mann namens Goethe geboren. Lisa Batiashvili gehört nicht nur zu den ganz großen Solistinnen unserer Zeit, sie äußert sich auch immer wieder furchtlos zu politischen Themen.

Despite 30-some years of violin playing, and despite growing up in the Soviet Union, Lisa Batiashvili only just started learning the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto a few years ago.


Born in Tbilisi in 1979, "I was hearing this concerto all the time during my first 11 years in Georgia, traveling also for the Soviet Union and doing various competitions. That was the piece that everybody wanted to play. I just thought, I want to do other concerti."


"I heard a lot of Oistrakh, Heifetz, Milstein," Batiashvili said. "I had to step away from it because I knew I would get too influenced by other people; it was just impossible not to."


In 1993 she moved to Munich, and still, "there were other pieces that I really wanted to learn with my teacher Ana Chumachenko," she said. It was always there, but "I needed to find the moment when I was very keen on playing this concerto."


In recent years, with so much other repertoire under her belt, she finally felt a desire to take a look at the Tchaikovsky, a concerto she'd spent a lifetime avoiding. Last week Batiashvili released a new recording of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius concertos, with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin. It was Barenboim who finally convinced her to look at the piece.


Barenboim, who had not recorded the Tchaikovsky concerto before, heard Batiashvili for the first time during a television broadcast of the Sibelius Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He immediately called her and asked if she's like to perform the piece with him. What followed was a series of performances together with the Staatskapelle Berlin (Berlin State Opera Orchestra), four years in row at its annual end-of-season concert.


"It was very interesting, at this stage of my playing, to start learning a piece that everybody knows by heart," Batiashvili said. "If you hear the piece for years and years and you don't actually know what is written in the score, you can get very surprised," she said. "You realize how much people do because of habit and tradition."

Lisa Batiashvili and the Staatskapelle Berlin, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, present a spectacular album release of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos on Deutsche Grammophon, available for purchase worldwide on November 4. The works are two of the most beloved, passionate, and demanding pieces ever written for violin and orchestra.


The album also celebrates the continued collaboration of one of the finest violinists of our times with one of the most acclaimed orchestras in the world, along with the legendary pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.


Ten years ago Daniel Barenboim launched Berlin's Open-Air State Opera for All concert on the historic Bebelplatz. With more than 40,000 spectators each year, it attracts a larger audience than any other classical concert in Germany. In each of the past four years the guest soloist has been Lisa Batiashvili, who on each occasion has performed one of the repertoire's great concerti: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky in 2015, and most recently the Sibelius concerto.

Lisa Batiashvili performs the world premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No.2 on 20 and 22 October with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo.


Written specifically for Lisa, the concerto has been co-commissioned by Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Lisa performs the concerto again on 22 October with RSPO before playing it with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Alan Gilbert on 27 and 28 October.


The world premiere of Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No. 2 will be broadcast on Swedish National Radio.


Next month Lisa gives performances of Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Gautier Capuçon and Staatskapelle Dresden, conducted by Christian Thielemann (11, 12 & 13 November).

Lisa Batiashvili joins conductor Lionel and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich for performances this October, in Zurich and Buenos Aires. Ms. Batiashvili plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major on October 5 & 6 at Zurich's Tonhalle, on a programme that also features Mahler's Symphony No. 1 ("Titan").


She reprises her performance of the Tchaikovsky on October 10 at the historic Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the first concert of the TOZ's fall tour, on an evening that includes Eötvös' The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6. Lisa again plays the Tchaikovsky on the second tour concert on October 11 at the Colón, on a programme that also highlights Mahler's "Titan.”

Lisa Batiashvili looks forward to a season filled with performances and special events as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's 2016/17 Artist-in-Residence. As part of her residency, Ms. Batiashvili will play three of the most important Russian violin concerti with the RCO. Her first concert series, led by RCO Chief Conductor Daniele Gatti, takes place December 14, 15 & 16 with a programme featuring Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63, in addition to Stravinsky's Jeu de cartes and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2. Lisa returns on January 5 to play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 with Sir Antonio Pappano and the RCO, on an evening that also includes Ljadov's The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62 and Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World").


For her final RCO residency concerts, Ms. Batiashvili performs Shostakovich's powerful Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77 on March 16, 17 & 19, under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. Lisa has shared that the Concerto is "very dramatic music which is close to my heart because I grew up with it in Georgia. I can still feel the fear and loneliness of the people in the Soviet Union. You never forget what you experienced as a child." This not-to-be-missed concert series also highlights Bruckner's Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.


Additional season events include a Close-Up chamber music event with Royal Concertgebouw musicians on December 18 featuring works by Tchaikovsky and more, as well as a Club Night with Georgian jazz pianist Beka Gochiashvili in March (details TBA).

Lisa Batiashvili is featured in performance at a New York Fashion Week VIP fundraiser on September 8, titled "The Language of Fashion." This Gala event takes place on Madison Avenue, with a programme highlighting Ms. Batiashvili as the soloist for "Primavera" from Piazzolla's Four Seasons, as well as selected Miniatures by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze. A premiere ensemble of artists from the New York Philharmonic is also featured in this performance. The event also launches a Madison Avenue installation featuring collaborative works from School of Visual Arts students and established designers, displayed from September 8-18. Funds raised from the Gala will directly support scholarships at SVA.