Khatia Buniatishvili

Music 26 November 2021 – 8:30pm

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gaël Cornier


Georgian by birth but naturalised as a French citizen in 2017, Khatia Buniatishvili found success in 2008 when she won the Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv. Nicknamed the “Beyoncé of the piano”, her energy and charm has led to greater heights of achievement ever since.

With this concert, she uses the works of emblematic composers to present a musical panorama of the history behind her instrument. Romantic music is the pillar of her performance: the sweet melancholy of Schubert and the ardour and virtuosity of Liszt complement the finesse of Chopin’s Polish melodies. But the Baroque era is far from forgotten. The genius of Bach, grandiose in both its rigour and its profound expressiveness, rubs shoulders with some enigmatic Miniatures by Couperin. Couperin’s musical gems are polished to perfection, and perhaps served as inspiration for Érik Satie’s inimitable poetry, which is so beautifully expressed in his Gymnopédies.

This concert will be delay broadcast on Radio Classique and on the website of the Fondation.

The artist

Khatia Buniatishvili

Born in Georgia in 1987, Khatia Buniatishvili began playing the piano at the age of three, gave her first concert with the Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was just six and first performed abroad when she was ten. She studied in Tbilisi with Tengiz Amiredjibi and furthered her training in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg.


She made her US debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2008 and has since performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the iTunes Festival, the BBC Proms and many other international festivals, including Salzburg, Verbier, Gstaad Menuhin, La Roque d’Anthéron, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and “Progetto Martha Argerich”. Larger venues, as well, have hosted her talents: Carnegie Hall in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Festival Hall in London, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, La Scala in Milan, the Hollywood Bowl, Venice’s La Fenice, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona,  Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Tonhalle in Zurich, Rudolfinum in Prague, the Shanghai Grand Theater, Beijing NCPA , Mumbai NCPA, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Singapore Esplanade Theater, and other great halls.


She has collaborated with artists of international renown, such as Maestro Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo, Kent Nagano, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustavo Dudamel, Jaap Van Zweden, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, Philippe Jordan, Long Yu, Francois-Xavier Roth and Leonard Slatkin. She has also played with the most prestigious orchestras: Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, São Paulo State Symphony, China Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Filarmonica della Scala, Vienna Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orchestre National de Lyon, Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and more.


Ms Buniatishvili has been involved in a number of projects in recent seasons: a charity concert for Syrian refugees for the United Nations’ 70th anniversary, another in Kiev for wounded persons in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone, “To Russia with Love” – a concert in Berlin to speak out against human-rights violations in Russia –, and the DLDWomen conference in Munich. In the world of pop-rock music, she worked with Coldplay on the group’s album “A Head Full Of Dreams”.


Discography: As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, her discography includes Franz Liszt (2011) and Chopin with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi (2012), Motherland (2014) and Kaleidoscope (2016). She also recorded Piano Trios with Gidon Kremer and Giedre Dirvanauskaite (ECM, 2011) and a CD for violin and piano sonatas with Renaud Capuçon (Erato, 2014).


Ms Buniatishvili has twice won Berlin’s ECHO Classik award, in 2012 and in 2016, for her Franz Liszt and Kaleidoscope albums, respectively.


Her latest releases are a recording of Rachmaninov’s Concertos 2 and 3 with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Paavo Järvi and Schubert in 2019, both on Sony Classical.

The programme

Éric Satie
Gymnopédie n°1
Frédéric Chopin
Prélude n°4 op. 28, Scherzo n°3 en ut dièse mineur op. 39
Jean-Sébastien Bach
Suite orchestrale n°3 BWV 1068, Air sur la corde sol
Franz Schubert
Impromptu n°3 en sol bémol majeur op. 90
Franz Liszt
Sérénade S.560/7 d’après Ständchen de Franz Schubert
Frédéric Chopin
Polonaise en la bémol majeur op. 53 / Mazurka en la mineur n°4 op. 17
François Couperin
Les barricades mystérieuses
Jean-Sébastien Bach
Prélude et Fugue pour orgue BWV 543 (transcription pour piano de Franz Liszt)
Franz Liszt
Consolation n°3
Franz Liszt
Rhapsodie Hongroise n°2