Khatia Buniatishvili was born in Batumi in 1987. She began studying piano at the age of five and gave her first concert with the Chamber Orchestra in Tbilisi at the age of six. At the age of ten she began to perform internationally. She studied in Vienna under Oleg Maisenberg. She has won the Tbilisi International Piano Competition and Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition, among others.
She regularly performs at major festivals: Saratoga (Philadelphia Orchestra), Aspen, Ravinia, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Verbier, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Lockenhaus, Salzburg, Kronberg, Ruhr, Bad Kissingen, Rheingau, MDR Leipzig, Tbilisi Autumn Festival, Stresa, St Petersburg, La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Folles Journées Nantes and Tokyo, Saint Denis, Montpellier, Menton, Strasbourg, and the London Proms.
In 2008, she made her Carnegie Hall début with Chopin’s Concerto No. 2. She has performed with the Israel Philharmonic and Kent Nagano and Zubin Mehta; St Petersburg Philharmonic; Russian National Orchestra (V. Petrenko); Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica (in Japan, Europe and Istanbul); Toulouse Orchestra and Tugan Sokhiev; Bordeaux Orchestra; Radio France Philharmonic in Madrid and Myung-Whun Chung; Orchestre de Paris with A. Boreyko and Paavo Järvi; Orchestre National de France and D. Gatti; Lyon National Orchestra and E. Inbal; London Symphony Orchestra and A. Orozco-Estrada; London Philharmonia Orchestra and Paavo Järvi; BBC Symphony Orchestra with K. Karabits and J. Bělohlávek; RAI Orchestra in Turin and Juraj Valcuha; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; La Scala in Milan (G. Noseda); Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (P. Inkinen); Lucerne Symphony; Verbier Festival Orchestra and Neeme Järvi and Charles Dutoit; Zurich Chamber Orchestra; NDR Sinfonie-Orchester Hamburg; Basel Chamber Orchestra (Kristjan Järvi); Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and Paavo Järvi; Munich Philharmonic; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester; Munich Philharmonic (S. Bychkov); Sinfonia Varsovia with Maxim Vengerov; Vienna Symphony and P. Jordan and G. Noseda; Rotterdam Philharmonic with Andrey Boreyko; Finnish Radio Symphony; China Philharmonic; Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra; NHK Symphony Orchestra; Shanghai Symphony and Mikhail Pletnev; European Youth Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with Jaap van Zweden and Vladimir Jurowski; Los Angeles Philharmonic with K. Urbanski; Seattle Symphony Orchestra with L. Morlot; Toronto Symphony Orchestra with D. Zinman, and Philadelphia Orchestra with Larry Foster.
Buniatishvili also gives recitals in Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Baden-Baden, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Dortmund, Florence, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vancouver, Warsaw and Vienna, among other cities.
She plays chamber music with Renaud Capuçon, Truls Mørk, Sol Gabetta, Gidon Kremer, Emmanuel Pahud and Edgar Moreau, and duets on piano with her sister Gvantsa.
Buniatishvili won a scholarship from BSI bank. She was named a BBC New Generation Artist and regularly plays with all of the BBC orchestras. She won a BBT Award in London in 2010, was named a Rising Star for the 2011/2012 season by Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, and won the Echo Award in Berlin in 2012.
Discography: in trio with Gidon Kremer and Giedre Dirvanauskaite (ECM); in recital with Renaud Capuçon (Erato). Exclusive to Sony: a Liszt recital; a Chopin album (Concerto No. 2) with the Orchestre de Paris/Paavo Järvi; Motherland recital. The Kaleidoscope recital is her latest release.
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Franz Liszt - Vladimir Horowitz
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
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