Picture: Stephan Rabold


On 2 May, on Shota Rustaveli Avenue in front of the opera in Tbilisi, thousands of Georgians demonstrate peacefully for the European idea. The Georgian national anthem and the final chorus from Beethoven's Ninth can be heard from loudspeakers. Inside the concert, the whistles and cheers can be heard only faintly in the backstage area. But the spirit of political change can also be clearly felt in our second concert, especially when guests in the audience unfurl the European flag during the final applause and shout, “Yes to Europe!”

The enthusiastic audience also hears and sees the great significance of these two days for Artist in Residence Lisa Batiashvili at this second concert in her home country -  Brahms’ Violin Concerto and the encore, Georgian Miniatures by Sulchan Zinzadze, clearly transmit her emotions to the entire hall. We will be talking about our first guest performance in Georgia, at such a historically significant moment, for a long time to come.

The Europakonzert is kindly supported by: Deutsche Postcode Lotterie, Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker e. V. and Siemens AG.