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Mariam Batsashvili joins Warner Classics

11:10, 10th May 2019

Georgian pianist Mariam Batsashvili has joined the roster of Warner Classics. Her debut album for the label, featuring works by Liszt and Chopin, will be released in August 2019.

Batsashvili gained international recognition in 2014 when she won the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. Still in her mid-20s, she has given recitals in more than 30 countries and appeared as a concerto soloist with major orchestras and conductors. In 2015 she was awarded the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize and spent the 2016-17 season as a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). She is currently a member of the BBC’s high-profile New Generation Artist scheme.

Born in Tbilisi, Batsashvili studied with Natalia Natsvlishvili at the Georgian capital’s Evgeni Mikeladze Central Music School before moving to Weimar in Germany to become a student of Professor Grigory Gruzman at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. She decided at the age of seven that she wanted to make a career as a musician.

The programme for Batsashvili’s upcoming Warner album juxtaposes pieces by Liszt and his contemporary Chopin. The two composers are ‘very different in the way they express themselves,’ says Batsashvili, ‘but I can hear in their music that they respected each other very much.’

Batsashvili will also give her BBC Proms debut in August, performing Clara Schumann’s piano concerto with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare.

www.mariam-piano.com

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