There were goosebumps and standing ovations at this year’s Europakonzert in Tsinandali. From the very first notes of Brahms’ violin concerto, everyone understood that this day held tremendous musical and political significance for Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili. Look back with us at our first concert in the land of the Caucasus.

Daniel Harding, standing in for an indisposed Daniel Barenboim, lead the Berliner Philharmoniker through a rich musical programme: Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Franz Schubert’s Overture from The Magic Harp and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, performed in the atmospheric amphitheatre of Tsinandali.  Lisa Batiashvili and strings from the orchestra provided an intimate encore:  Sulchan Tsintsadze’s Georgian Miniatures.

For Lisa Batiashvili, the Europakonzert in Georgia as a miracle of sorts. Straight after the final applause, she talked to us about what the day meant to her. | Video: Adam Janisch

Our first concert in Georgia will live long in our memories!  Thanks to everyone, both onstage and behind the scenes, and of course to our wonderful audience around the world!

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