Lisa Batiashvili

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Lisa Batiashvili
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Background information
GenresChamber music, classical music
LabelsSony Classical Records, Deutsche Grammophon

Elisabeth Batiashvili (Georgian: ელისაბედ ბათიაშვილი; born 5 March 1979), professionally known as Lisa Batiashvili, is a prominent Georgian violinist active across Europe and the United States. A former New York Philharmonic artist-in-residence, she is acclaimed for her "natural elegance, silky sound and the meticulous grace of her articulation."[1] Batiashvili makes frequent appearances at high-profile international events; she was the violin soloist at the 2018 Nobel Prize concert.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Lisa Batiashvili was born in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, to a violinist father and a pianist mother. She began learning violin with her father from age four. The family left Georgia in 1991 when she was 12 years old, and settled in Germany.[3][4] She later studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Mark Lubotsky, her teacher in Hamburg, had been a student of David Oistrakh, for whom Shostakovich wrote his violin concertos.[5][6] Later, Lisa Batiashvili also studied with Ana Chumachenco.

In 1995, aged 16, she won the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki.[7]



Batiashvili was one of the first of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, from 1999 to 2001. 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.[8][9][10][11][12] She has also worked with a later BBC New Generation Artist, Ashley Wass, in recital.[13] She made her BBC Proms debut in 2000.[14]

Dedications and commissions[edit]

Magnus Lindberg dedicated a violin concerto to her, which she gave its world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall, New York, on August 22, 2006 and European premiere in Sweden in October.[1][15][16] Batiashvili and her husband, oboist François Leleux, commissioned from the Georgian composer Giya Kancheli the double concerto Broken Chant, which they premiered in February 2008 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.[17] She also commissioned a solo violin encore from her compatriot Igor Loboda for solo violin, "Requiem for Ukraine", which was meant to be a statement against conductor Valery Gergiev's cozy relationship with the regime of Vladimir Putin.[1]

Artist in residence[edit]

Batiashavili became artist-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic for the 2014/15 season, and with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia for the 2017/18 season.[18][19] In parallel, she has an artist residency with the NDR Symphony Orchestra.[20]

Commercial recordings[edit]

Her commercial recordings include Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto No. 1 as part of her recording contract with Sony Classical, which she signed in 2007. And more recently, she has recorded several albums with Deutsche Grammophon, including in 2016, a much acclaimed album of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos and in 2017, an album of Prokofiev's works including his Violin Concertos 1 and 2.[21]


She plays a 1739 Guarneri del Gesu violin (Cozio 61377) lent to her from the private collection of an anonymous German collector.[1]

Private life[edit]

Batiashvili is married to French oboist François Leleux. They have resided in both Munich and France with their two children.[20][6]



  1. ^ a b c Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim Politics Is Personal, and Professional: Lisa Batiashvili on Violins, Ukraine and Valery Gergiev, The New York Times, 31 January 2015
  2. ^ Lisa Batiashvili, violin, soloist at the 2018 Nobel Prize Concert, Retrieved: 3 January 2019
  3. ^ a b Lisa Published by EuroArts, 2016, Waldbühne – Czech Night, Live performance with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  4. ^ Peter Culshaw (2007-07-21). "Lisa Batiashvili went from Tbilisi to the top". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  5. ^ Michael Church (2005-12-05). "Preview: Lisa Batiashvili, Wigmore Hall, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  6. ^ a b c Deutsche Grammophon, 2011, Echoes of Time Lisa Batiashvili plays Arvo Pärt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Giya Kancheli and Dmitri Shostakovich. Batiashvili with Hélène Grimaud and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen
  7. ^ a b EMI Classics, Works For Violin And Piano 2001, Elizabeth Batiashvili, Brahms, Bach, Schubert
  8. ^ Erica Jeal (2001-09-11). "Prom 66: BBCSSO/ Vanska". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  9. ^ David Fanning (2001-09-11). "Soloists do what comes naturally". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  10. ^ Martin Anderson (2001-09-12). "Prom 65, 66, Royal Albert Hall, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  11. ^ David Fanning (2002-09-02). "Edinburgh reports: panache and authority". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  12. ^ Matthew Rye (2003-06-06). "Explosive coupling". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  13. ^ Geoffrey Norris (2001-06-06). "Playing with fire". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  14. ^ Rob Cowan (2000-08-16). "Sublime performance from Batiashvili". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  15. ^ Allan Kozinn (2006-08-24). "At Mostly Mozart, Mostly Magnus, in a Concerto and Chamber Pieces". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
  16. ^ Hilary Finch (2006-10-11). "Magnus Lindberg Premiere". The Times. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  17. ^ Annette Morreau (2008-02-25). "BBC SO/Bringuier, Barbican, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  18. ^ "Lisa Batiashvili". Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  19. ^ "Lisa Batiashvili, this season's Artist in Residence with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, speaks up for music's power to heal divisions and unite". classicalsource. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  20. ^ a b Verena Fischer-Zernin (2014-09-09). "Ich fühle mich verantwortlich für Georgien". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  21. ^ Kevin Shihoten (2007-07-06). "Sony BMG Masterworks Signs Violinist Lisa Batiashvili". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  22. ^ EuroArts, 01 May 2007, European Concert from Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, Truls Mork, Lisa Batiashvili
  23. ^ Sony Classical, 2007. Lisa Batiashvili and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo: Jean Sibelius & Magnus Lindberg.>
  24. ^ Lisa Sibelius / Lindberg Published by Sony Classical, 10 September 2007, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo: Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto & Magnus Lindberg Violin Concerto No. 1
  25. ^ Lisa Mozart Published by Sony Classical, 16 December 2008, Oboe Quartet in F, K370, and 3 Arias from The Magic Flute
  26. ^ Sony Classical, 2008, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven – Violin Concerto / Tsintsadze – 6 Miniatures
  27. ^ Lisa Beethoven / Tsintsadze Published by Sony Classical, 3 March 2009
  28. ^ Deutsche Grammophon : Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen, music by Arvo Pärt, Rachmaninoff, Giya Kancheli and Shostakovich, performed by Lisa Batiashvili and Hélène Grimaud.
  29. ^ 15 February 2011 Deutsche Grammophon, Echoes of Time, Lisa Batiashvili plays works by Arvo Pärt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Giya Kancheli and Dmitri Shostakovich, with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  30. ^ Deutsche Grammaphon, 2012, Brahms & Clara Schumann, Lisa Batiashvili & Staatskapelle Dresden & Alice Sara Ott & Christian Thielemann
  31. ^ Lisa, Deutsche Grammophon, 8 January 2013, Brahms & Clara Schumann. By the Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann; Alice Sara Ott and Lisa Batiashvili.
  32. ^ Lisa, Deutsche Grammophon, 20 September 2013, Tchaikovsky: Pathétique by Lisa Batiaashvili
  33. ^ Deutsche Grammophon, 2014, Lisa Batiashvili, Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
  34. ^ Lisa, Deutsche Grammophon, 16 September 2014, Bach : Lisa Batiashvili plays works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  35. ^ Deutsche Grammophon, 2016, Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim. Lisa Batiashvili plays Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto & Sibelius Violin Concerto.
  36. ^ Lisa, Deutsche Grammophon, 14 November 2016, Tchaikovsky / Sibelius : Lisa Batiashvili with the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim
  37. ^ Digital Concert Hall, EuroArts 2016, Lisa Batiashvili, Berlin Philharmonic, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, works by Dvořák and Smetana
  38. ^ Discogs. Published by EuroArts, 2016, Lisa Batiashvili, Berlin Philharmonic, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, works by Dvořák and Smetana

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