Lisa Batiashvili returns to Vienna’s Musikverein to make her highly anticipated debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker on 20 May, 21 and 22. The performances, led by Christoph Eschenbach, feature Brahms’ Violin Concerto, along with Beethoven's Egmont Overture, and Schumann's Symphony No.2. The performance on 20 May is part of Wiener Festwochen.

 

The next weeks mark the end of a busy season for Lisa. On 22 and 23 June she returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker for performances of Bartok’s Violin Concerto No.1 at the Philharmonie and of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto at the annual open air concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne. Both programmes are conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

 

Lisa recorded the Brahms Concerto with Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann for a release on Deutsche Grammophonin 2013 – the album is available for purchase via Amazon and iTunes.

Lisa Batiashvili can be seen in performance at some of Europe's most renowned venues this month, on a chamber music tour across the continent. Ms. Batiashvili is joined by an acclaimed roster of colleagues, which includes cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, violist Antoine Tamestit, and pianist Jonathan Biss. The programme features much loved highlights from the chamber music repertoire: three works by Schumann - his Three Romances Op. 94; Marchenbilder for viola and piano, Op. 113; and the Piano Quartet Op. 47. The concerts will also include Martinů's Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H. 157. Performances take place on May 12 at the historic Schloss Elmau; May 13 at the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; and May 17 at London's Wigmore Hall. Please note there is extremely limited ticket availability for these not-to-be-missed events.

Lisa Batiashvili embarks upon a tour with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet to several European cities, under the direction of Lionel Bringuier - Chief Conductor and Music Director of the orchestra.

 

Lisa is the Artist-in-Residence at the orchestra this season and performs Brahms’ Double Concerto, together with Gautier Capuçon on cello, during the tour. Performances take place at the Wiener Konzerthaus (11 April), in Heidelberg (16), Dortmund (17), Stuttgart (20) and Frankfurt (21). In between these concerts Lisa also performs Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the orchestra in Munich on 19 April.

 

Some of the programmes in this tour also include the piece Con Brio by Jörg Widmann, the Creative Chair at the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for 2015/16.

 

To mark the end of her residency, Lisa’s final concerts with the orchestra this season will be in Zürich on 16 and 17 June, playing Dvořák’s Romance and Mazurka.

This week Lisa Batiashvili starts a series of European performances celebrating the 100th birthday of composer Henri Dutilleux, with the first concert taking place on 9 December at Wiener Musikverein. Lisa, along with Valeriy Sokolov, Gérard Caussé, Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley perform chamber music by Dutilleux as well as Ravel, Debussy and Schubert.

 

After Vienna they perform at Tonhalle Zürich (13 December) as part of Lisa’s Tonhalle residency, Philharmonie 2 (Cité de la musique) in Paris (22 January), Concertgebouw Amsterdam (23 January) and London’s Wigmore Hall (24 January).

This week Lisa Batiashvili, Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra embark upon a tour of Europe, having just performed together in Stockholm last week.

 

The tour starts with two concerts at Wiener Musikverein on 18 and 19 November, and then continues with performances at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (20 November), Philharmonie Luxembourg (22 November), Kölner Philharmonie (23 November) and Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle (24 November).

 

The programmes feature Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 and works by Anders Hillborg and Wilhelm Stenhammar.

 

These concerts mark a special occasion for Lisa, as it is the 20th anniversary since her debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra playing the same concerto.

 

HarrisonParrott is delighted to manage the performances on 20, 22, 23 and 24 November.

The 2015/16 season sees Jörg Widmann and Lisa Batiashvili serve as Creative Chair and Artist in Residence of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. As well as performing at the orchestra’s season opening concerts on 16 and 17 September, both artists will appear with them at numerous occasions throughout the year.

 

The season features a comprehensive overview of the orchestral and chamber music of Creative Chair Jörg Widmann, who will also appear as a clarinettist and conductor. The appointment culminates in three play/direct performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Widmann’s own Messe für grosses Orchester, and will also see the world premiere of his Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano.

 

As the orchestra’s Artist in Residence, Lisa Batiashvili returns to Zürich in three separate programmes. She also joins the orchestra’s European tour in spring 2016 and performs in a special chamber music programme marking the 100th anniversary of Henri Dutilleux.

 

The orchestra’s season opening on 16 September, conducted by Music Director Lionel Bringuier, is broadcast live on Mezzo TV and will subsequently be made available on Radio SRF 2 Kultur. The programme features Widmann’s Con brio, Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello played by Batiashvili and Gautier Capuçon, Widmann’s Clarinet Concerto performed by the composer, and Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy.

Nine HarrisonParrott artists have been shortlisted for the 2015 Gramophone Awards across the Chamber, Contemporary, Orchestral and Opera categories. Paavo Järvi is one of the ten artists nominated for the Artist of the Year award.

 

Martin Fröst's recording of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet on BIS (which features Janine Jansen) has been nominated in the Chamber category, and Hannu Lintu’s recording of Berio’s Sinfonia, Calmo and Ritirata Notturna di Madrid with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on Ondine has been shortlisted for the Orchestral award.

 

Three HP artists feature on this year’s Contemporary shortlist. This includes Deutsche Grammophon’s disc of Unsuk Chin’s Three Concertos with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, which features Alban Gerhardt’s recording of Chin’s Cello Concerto – a work that was written for the cellist. Also shortlisted is Lisa Batiashvili’s recording of Harrison Birtwistle’s Chamber Music on ECM and Sakari Oramo’s world premiere recording of Per Nørgård’s Symphonies Nos.1 and 8 with Wiener Philharmoniker on Dacapo.

 

Shortlisted for the Opera award is not only La Monnaie’s DVD of Berg’s Lulu on Bel Air Classiques, which features 2014 Gramophone Award winning soprano Barbara Hannigan in the title role but also Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s recording of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer with Russell Thomas and Christopher Ventris.

 

The winners of the recording categories will be announced on 27 August and the special award winners (including Artist of the Year) will be announced at the Gramophone Awards ceremony on 17 September.

 

The full list of artists shortlisted for the Awards can be found in Gramophone’s digital magazine.

Lisa Batiashvili and I,CULTURE Orchestra, to play on Madain Square in Kiev

 

Lisa Batiashvili and the I,Culture Orchestra created by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011 and conducted by Kirill KArabits will perform a concert in Kiev on Maidan square in the Ukrainian Independence day on August 24th. Lisa Batiashvili and the ICO’s contribution comes in two parts. The programme will open with a concert at the National Opera House of Ukraine, where the musicians will perform the Ukrainian national anthem, Ukraine has not yet died; Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19; by internationally acclaimed violinist Lisa Batiashvili and Leoš Janáček’s Taras Bulba; in the second part of the performance at the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti).

 

Lisa Batiashvili said prior to the concert: “I think music IS the language that brings peoples and nations together more than any other language. Working, traveling and performing together will certainly bring the participants of the I, CULTURE Orchestra closer, as they will get to know each other’s personalities better and better each day… This is the best basis for friendship between all these countries on the highest cultural level.”

 

The I, CULTURE Orchestra is a team of very talented young musicians from Poland and Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, created by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011. The mission of the I, CULTURE Orchestra is to support positive changes in cultural and social development of Central European and South Caucasus countries by implementing initiatives of highest artistic value. The Orchestra is based on universal values of solidarity, integration, and freedom. As an educational project, the ICO enables young talents to change the perspective on the artistic reality and improve their skills under the guidance of distinguished instrumentalists from the world’s leading orchestras. The ICO was established in 2011 as a flagship project of the International Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the EU.

 

The ICO has completed 4 residencies as well as 29 concerts in 22 cities in 15 countries

Lisa Batiashvili will be the featured soloist at the annual Staatsoper für alle event in Berlin, held on June 21. This free concert takes place on the historic Bebelplatz, and also features the Staatskapelle Berlin and State Opera Choir, led by Daniel Barenboim. She will play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, reuniting with the Staatskapelle and Barenboim following their recent “electrifying” performance of the work at London’s Royal Festival Hall: “Lisa Batiashvili was the ferocious soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, intense in the first movement, luminous and heartfelt in the second, scintillating in the quickfire finale. It was a faultless performance, enthralling and electrifying . . . Batiashivili played as if singing an aria.” (The Guardian)

 

In addition to Tchaikovsky, the evening programme includes Wagner’s “Einzug der Gäste” from Tannhäuser and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor. The concert will be streamed live online via the Staatsoper’s site, with an archive of the stream available via ARTE Concert for 90 days following the event.

Lisa Batiashvili joins The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on a European tour starting on 21 May.

Lisa performs Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.1, first at Philharmonie Luxembourg, then continuing to Cologne, Berlin, Dortmund, Vienna, Amsterdam, and finishing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 5 June. The other soloist on the tour is Emanuel Ax.

 

The tour follows Lisa's "searing" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) performance of the same concerto in Philadelphia on 13, 15 and 16 May. She and Nézet-Séguin are frequent collaborators, and will work together again this summer at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1