Beautiful building on bricks surrounded by trees and a meadow

May 01, 2024, 11 a.m.

Tsinandali, Georgia

with Daniel Harding and Lisa Batiashvili

to over 80 countries

Tsinandali Estate, Georgien | Picture: Tsinandali Estate

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s annual Europakonzert has been held since 1 May 1991. Always given at a place of cultural and historical significance in Europe, the concert is a tribute to the diversity of the continent’s countries and cultures, and also commemorates the founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 1 May 1882. This year, the orchestra will perform in Georgia. Works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven will be played in the amphitheatre in Tsinandali under the baton of Daniel Harding, who steps in for Daniel Barenboim. The soloist for Brahms’ Violin Concerto is Lisa Batiashvili, our Artist in Residence this season. The concert will be broadcast live in the Digital Concert Hall.

This is the Berliner Philharmoniker’s first visit to Georgia, a candidate country for EU membership. The performance aims to initiate closer cooperation between the country’s rich classical music scene and leading orchestras and cultural institutions in Europe. At the same time, it is a sign of solidarity in the context of the Ukraine conflict.

“I believe this concert will be the highlight of my life,” says violinist Lisa Batiashvili. “I am overjoyed that the people of Georgia will be given the opportunity to hear such a great orchestra, so steeped in tradition, performing live in their country. Of course, this concert also has political significance. Georgia has been fighting for many years to be a part of the European family. Culturally, it has long been part of Europe. This concert should make that clear.”

Lisa Batiashvili | Picture: Stefan Höderath

The programme

Franz Schubert
Die Zauberharfe, D 644: Overture

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

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


in over 80 countries around the world

Television and streaming

  • Digital Concert Hall (live, 11:00)
  • Arte Concert (live, 11:00)
  • (live, 11:00)
  • Arte TV (16:00)
  • Mezzo TV (21:00)

as well as other international TV channels, including Georgian television

Further broadcast

  • ZDF: Monday, 20 May, 11:10

Radio, live at 11:00

  • radio3 (formerly rbbKultur)
  • BR Klassik
  • NDR Kultur
  • Italy: RAI Radio 3 – Radiotelevisione Italiana
  • Bulgaria: Balgarsko Nationalno Radio
  • Portugal: Radio e Televisao de Portugal
  • Spain: Katalonien Música
  • South Korea: KBS FM1

Following the Europakonzert, the Berliner Philharmoniker will give another concert in the opera house of the Georgian capital Tbilisi on 2 May.

We would like to thank the participants of the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie, the Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker e. V. and Siemens AG for supporting the concerts in Georgia.