Artist in Residence: Lisa Batiashvili and the Karajan Academy

Lisa Batiashvili (photo: Stefan Höderath)

Working with talented young musicians is a top priority for violinist Lisa Batiashvili. Thus, our Artist in Residence is particularly looking forward to this concert with the scholars of the Karajan Academy, during which she will appear as soloist and leader. The programme includes Antonín Dvořák’s charming Serenade for Winds and Peter Tchaikovsky’s elegant Souvenir de Florence. The Georgian composer Giya Kancheli strikes melancholy tones in Chiaroscuro, a work for violin and chamber orchestra that ideally displays Lisa Batiashvili’s expressive artistry.

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Lisa Batiashvili violin and direction

Antonín Dvořák

Serenade for winds in D minor, op. 44

Gija Kantscheli

Chiaroscuro for violin and chamber orchestra (Oscar Jockel conductor)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

String Sextet in D minor, op. 70 ”Souvenir de Florence” (Version for String Orchestra)

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Lisa Batiashvili

A glorious, nuanced tone characterises Lisa Batiashvili’s playing, and this is no coincidence. She says: “Many musicians think that beauty of sound is less important than expression. You need that, too. But for me, the sound of the violin – like the human voice – reflects the soul of the musician.” There is no doubt about it: Lisa Batiashvili, who studied under Mark Lubotsky in Hamburg and Ana Chumachenko in Munich, is one of the world’s most acclaimed violinists. She regularly works with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and she has also been a regular guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2004. The partnership will deepen in the 2023/24 season, when Lisa Batiashvili will appear as the orchestra's Artist in Residence, both as a soloist and in chamber music. The Georgian-born German musician, who received an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki in 2018, established her own Foundation in 2021, committed to supporting young, highly talented musicians from Georgia. Lisa Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri "del Gesu" violin from 1739, and her recordings – among them her latest releases, Secret Love Letters and City Lights - have received prizes such as the Echo Klassik and the Midem Classical Award. Musical America magazine named her "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2015.


Karajan-Akademie (photo: Peter Adamik)

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