SATURDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 | 20:15


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Rondo in A minor KV511

Joseph Haydn
Sonata in D major Op.30/3 (Hob.XVI:37)

Franz Schubert
Impromptu in F minor Op.142/1 (D.935)

Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C-sharp minor S.244/12

Frédéric Chopin
Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brilliante Op.22

Franz Liszt
Fantasy on Themes from Mozart’s Figaro and Don Giovanni S.697 (completed by Leslie Howard)

Mariam Batsashvili, winner of the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, will grandiosely inaugurate the International Holland Piano Series with a varied programme that will include Liszt’s seldom performed Fantasy on themes from Mozart’s Figaro and Don Giovanni.

At just 24 years old, Mariam Batsashvili already ranks as one of the most promising pianists of her generation. Born in 1993 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Mariam first studied with Natalia Natsvlishvili at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in her home town before continuing at the Hochschule for Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Professor Grigory Gruzman. In 2011 she won the First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for young pianists. She gained international recognition at the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, 2014, where she won First Prize as well as the Junior Jury Award and the Press Prize. “Winner Batsashvili turns every phrase into something special”, headlined Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, and the international Jury called her a “complete artist” with a “tremendous touch” and “sincere emotion”. In 2015 she received the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Award.

Mariam has performed with leading symphony orchestras, including the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Brussels Philharmonic as well as giving recital in more than 30 countries, among them China, South Korea, Brazil, the USA, South Africa, Norway, the Baltic countries, Benelux and Germany. She has also been the guest of many international festivals, such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Pianofortissimo Festival Bologna and the Delft Chamber Music Festival.

In 2017 Mariam Batsashvili was announced as a ‘BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist’ and as a result will perform at major festivals and concert venues across the UK. She was nominated by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) as ‘Rising Star’ for the 2016/17 season, and performed in the most significant concert halls throughout Europe, including the Philharmonies of Paris, Cologne and Luxembourg, the Vienna Musikverein, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Müpa Budapest, L’Auditori in Barcelona, the Stockholm Concert Hall, the Southbank Centre in London, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and returned to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She was enthusiastically received at London’s Wigmore Hall and gave her debut at the Piano City festival in Milan. She performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen under Norichika Iimori in Munich’s Herkulessaal, and Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne under Gábor Takács-Nagy.

Mariam Batsashvili is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She has been an official Yamaha Artist since 2017.