Lisa Batiashvili

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Lisa Batiashvili
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Background information
Birth name Elisabeth Batiashvili
Born 1979
Genres Chamber music, classical music
Occupations Musician, Composer
Instruments Violin
Labels Sony Classical Records, Deutsche Grammophon
Website Official site

Lisa Batiashvili (Georgian: ლიზა ბათიაშვილი) (born Elisabed Batiashvili,[1] in 1979) is a Georgian violinist, the daughter of a violinist father and a pianist mother. Her father was her first teacher from age 4. She later studied at the Hamburg Musikhochschule.[2] In 1995, she was a prize winner in the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.

She was one of the first of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, from 1999 to 2001.[3] She has collaborated in chamber music and concerto performances with cellist Alban Gerhardt and pianist Steven Osborne, both BBC New Generation Artists exactly contemporary with Batiashvili.[4][5][6][7][8] She has also worked with a later BBC New Generation Artist, Ashley Wass, in recital.[9] She has also been a soloist at the BBC Proms in 2000[10] and 2002.[11][12]

In 2006, she was the soloist in the first performances in the United States (August, world premiere) and in Sweden (October, European premiere) of the violin concerto of Magnus Lindberg, which Lindberg wrote for Batiashvili.[13][14] She has recorded the Lindberg concert as part of her recording contract with Sony Classical, which she signed in 2007.[15] Batiashvili and her husband, oboist François Leleux, commissioned from Giya Kancheli the double concerto Broken Chant, which they premiered in February 2008 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.[16]

Batiashvili and Leleux reside in France[17] with their two children. She plays the 1709 Engleman Stradivarius on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.


  1. ^ (Georgian) ელისაბედ ბათიაშვილს ლეონარდ ბერნსტაინის სახელობის პრემია მიენიჭა RFR
  2. ^ Michael Church (2005-12-05). "Preview: Lisa Batiashvili, Wigmore Hall, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Archives". New Generation Artists. BBC. 
  4. ^ Erica Jeal (2001-09-11). "Prom 66: BBCSSO/ Vanska". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Soloists do what comes naturally". Telegraph, 11 September 2001.
  6. ^ Martin Anderson (2001-09-12). "Prom 65, 66, Royal Albert Hall, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  7. ^ David Fanning, "Edinburgh reports: panache and authority". Telegraph, 2 September 2002.
  8. ^ Matthew Rye, "Explosive coupling". Telegraph, 6 June 2003.
  9. ^ Geoffrey Norris, "Playing with fire". Telegraph, 6 June 2001.
  10. ^ Rob Cowan (2000-08-16). "Sublime performance from Batiashvili". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  11. ^ Tom Service (2002-09-12). "CBSO/Oramo (Royal Albert Hall/Radio 3)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  12. ^ Ivan Hewett, "Prom 70: questions go unanswered" Telegraph, 12 September 2002 (Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1).
  13. ^ Allan Kozinn (2006-08-24). "At Mostly Mozart, Mostly Magnus, in a Concerto and Chamber Pieces". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  14. ^ Hilary Finch (2006-10-11). "Magnus Lindberg Premiere". The Times. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  15. ^ Kevin Shihoten (2007-07-06). "Sony BMG Masterworks Signs Violinist Lisa Batiashvili". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  16. ^ Annette Morreau (2008-02-25). "BBC SO/Bringuier, Barbican, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  17. ^ Deutsche Grammophon

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