When one thinks of a pianist to follow, the name of Khatia Buniatishvili pops up spontaneously. It must be said that this young Georgian artist has tumbled in the landscape of classical music by magic, with an exceptional recording of the Liszt Sonata. Since the legendary Martha Argerich, no one had heard such enthusiasm. Like her illustrious predecessor, she began studying the piano very early and gave her first concert at the tender age of 6.
Khatia Buniatishvili trained with Oleg Maisenberg and joins the program of the BBC New Generation Artists. She begins at the Wigmore Hall however it will be the Gstaad Festival, so important for young talent, which definitely marks the beginning of her international career. Since then, the beautiful pianist travels the world and with recitals and concerts. Some already beautiful meetings highlight the career of Khatia Buniatishvili, for example with Renaud Capuçon and Gidon Kremer. She sometimes plays in duo with her sister Gvantsa, also a pianist.
The possibilities seem limitless thanks to her virtuosity which opens a wide repertoire and a power that is wrongly believed to be reserved for male pianists. Appearances can mislead, under the beautiful and elegant silhouette of the pianist is hiding an incredible and impressive artist, certainly one to follow but especially to admire ...
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Born in 1987 in Batumi (Georgia) French-Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili discovered the piano at the early age of three and gave her first concert with Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was six. Since then, she has established herself as one of today’s most prominent classical music artists, at home on the world’s great stages and universally celebrated for her “authenticity, charisma, and persuasiveness” (NZZ) and “playing straight from the heart” (The Guardian).
Following her belief that humanity is at the center of all art, Khatia Buniatishvili is involved in numerous social rights projects, such as the DLDwomen13 Conference (2013) in Munich; “To Russia with Love” (2013), a concert in Berlin to speak out against the violation of human rights in Russia; “Charity Concert in Kiev” (2015) for wounded persons in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone; United Nations Climate Change Conference - Marrakech Climate Show; and the United Nation’s 70th Anniversary Humanitarian Concert (2015) in Geneva to benefit Syrian refugees. She is an ambassador of Plan International, a UK-based organization for children’s rights and equality for girls and the Paris-based “Fondation Cœur et Recherche” for cardiovascular research.
Khatia’s upcoming 2019-2020 season includes a United States tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Mark Wigglesworth, as well as performances with the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, and the London Philharmonic at Queen Elizabeth Hall with Robin Ticciati, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pablo Ferrández. She will also have a recital appearance at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Her 2018-2019 season included performances with the Seattle Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and RSO Vienna, as well as international tours with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich in Asia and Orchestre National de Lyon in Germany.
Khatia made her U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and has since then performed at the Hollywood Bowl, BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, La Roque-d ‘Anthéron Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and Progetto Martha Argerich.
Among Khatia's musical partners are conductors Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Long Yu, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, and Philippe Jordan. She has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, China Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Filarmonica della Scala, and Munich Philharmonic.
Khatia Buniatishvili studied in Tbilisi with Tengiz Amiredjibi and in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg.
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