Lisa Batiashvili sits at a table with sheet music
Lisa Batiashvili | Picture: Stefan Höderath
Daniel Harding
Daniel Harding | Picture: Julian Hargreaves

    Concert information


    Lisa Batiashvili has enjoyed international success as the soloist in Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto. However, she has never played the piece with the Berliner Philharmoniker before. To perform the concerto as part of her residency is therefore a special event; “There is a great Brahms tradition here, characterised by a warm, dark sound and precise articulation,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in the Brahms sound of the orchestra.” The conductor is Daniel Harding, standing in for an indisposed Daniel Barenboim. Harding will also conduct Beethoven’s Fifth, a symphony that epitomises classicism in music.


    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding conductor (replacing Daniel Barenboim)
    Lisa Batiashvili violin


    Franz Schubert
    Die Zauberharfe, D 644: Overture

    Johannes Brahms
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 77


    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

    Main Auditorium

    37 to 103 €


    Series M: Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Main Auditorium

    37 to 103 €


    Series W: Artist in Residence

    The Best of Friends
    Johannes Brahms and Joseph Joachim

    Joseph Joachim, 1899 | Picture: Wilhelm Dreesen (artist), Public Domain, Albertina Austria via Europeana

    Without the violinist Joseph Joachim, Brahms would probably never have written his Violin Concerto. The work is the result and the expression of a long-standing friendship. 


    Daniel Harding

    Daniel Harding has been principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007 – a remarkably long partnership. "It's very satisfying to build something up slowly," he says. The English conductor, who will lead the orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome from October 2024, also works with top international orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and leading orchestras in the USA.

    Harding attracted attention early in his career as assistant to Sir Simon Rattle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by an assistantship with Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker, where Harding conducted for the first time in 1996. In the same year, he made his debut at the BBC Proms in London - as the youngest conductor in the history of the festival. By the time he was 30, Harding had conducted every major orchestra in the world. In 2011, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra appointed him Honorary Conductor for Life. He was Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris from 2016 to 2019 and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2017. But Daniel Harding has another passion: he has also been working as a pilot since 2018. For him, making music and flying complement each other: "I wanted to find something that would challenge other areas of my brain."

    Lisa Batiashvili

    Lisa Batiashvili's playing is acclaimed for its wonderful, nuanced tone, and the praise is well-founded. She says: "Many musicians think that the beauty of the sound is less important than the expression. You need that, too. But for me, the sound of the violin - like the human voice - reflects the soul of the musician." Lisa Batiashvili, who studied with Mark Lubotsky in Hamburg and Ana Chumachenco in Munich, is without a doubt one of the world's most renowned violinists. 

    She regularly works with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and has also been a regular guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2004. The partnership will be further intensified in the 2023/24 season when Lisa Batiashvili appears as the orchestra's Artist-in-Residence, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. The German-born Georgian musician, who received an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki in 2018, set up her own foundation in 2021, in which she is committed to supporting young, highly talented Georgian musicians. Lisa Batiashvili plays a violin from 1739 by Joseph Guarneri "del Gesu". Her recordings - Secret Love Letters and City Lights are her most recent albums - have won numerous prizes, including the Echo Klassik and the Midem Classical Award.