Khatia Buniatishvili (Georgian: ხატია ბუნიათიშვილი; born June 21, 1987) is a Georgian-born French concert pianist.
Early life and education
Khatia Buniatishvili began studying piano under her mother at the age of three. She gave her first concert with the Chamber Orchestra in Tbilisi at the age of six. From the age of ten she gave concerts in Europe, Ukraine, Armenia, Israel and the USA. She graduated from the Tbilisi Central Music School, then entered the Tbilisi State Conservatory in 2004 (with Prof. Tengiz Amirejibi). From 2006 Khatia studied with Prof. Oleg Maisenberg at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.
Buniatishvili made her U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall, in 2008. Since then, she has performed at Hollywood Bowl, iTunes festival, BBC Proms, Salzburg festival, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, La Roque d'Anthéron Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, « Progetto Martha Argerich », at the great halls: New York Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, London Royal Festival Hall, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Milan La Scala, Venice Teatro La Fenice, Barcelona Palau de la Música Catalana, Geneva Victoria Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Prague Rudolfinum, Shanghai Grand Theater, Beijing NCPA, Mumbai NCPA, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Singapore Esplanade Theatre, Etc.
Among Khatia's musical partners are world leading conductors such as Maestro Zubin Mehta or Plácido Domingo, Kent Nagano, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, Philippe Jordan etc. and famous orchestras: Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, São Paulo State Symphony, China Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Filarmonica della Scala, Vienna Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, etc.
During the last seasons, Khatia was engaged for different projects: 70th anniversary of United Nations - Charity concert in favor of Syrian refugees, Global Citizen festival Hamburg 2017, Charity Concert in Kiev in favor of wounded persons in ATO area, "to Russia with Love" concert against violation of Human Rights in Russia, United Nations Climate Change Conference - Marrakech Climate Show, participation in DLDWomen conference. She is the ambassador of the development and humanitarian organisation “Plan International” and the nonprofit Organization “Fondation Cœur et Recherche”.
Khatia is an exclusive artist of SONY Classical. Her discography includes Liszt Album 2011, Chopin Album 2012, "Motherland" 2014, "Kaleidoscope" 2016, Rachmaninoff album 2017. She is a two-time ECHO Klassik Award winner (2012 and 2016), which is one of the very few most important classical awards in the world. In 2015 Khatia collaborated with rock group Coldplay for their last album "A Head Full Of Dreams”. Khatia speaks 5 languages fluently: Georgian, French, English, German, Russian.
In 2010, Buniatishvili signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical Records. Her 2011 debut album marked Liszt’s 200th anniversary, and included his Sonata in B minor, Liebestraum No 3, La Campanella, Hungarian Rhapsody No 2, and Mephisto Waltz.
Classic FM stated in its review of the album that "Buniatishvili is a young artist with a huge temperament and technique that puts one in mind of the young Martha Argerich".
In 2012 her second album was devoted to Chopin, combining solo piano works with Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, accompanied by the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi. The Guardian reported "This is playing straight from the heart from one of today's most exciting and technically gifted young pianists".
In 2014, Buniatishvili released her third album on Sony Classical, titled Motherland. Rather than being devoted to one particular composer as her previous albums were, Motherland was an assortment of personally significant pieces, including music from her homeland Georgia. She dedicated the album to her mother.
Her fourth album, Kaleidoscope, was released on 5 February 2016. It featured selected pieces from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky including : Promenade; No. 2 The Old Castle; No. 3 Tuileries (Children's Quarrel after Games); No. 5 Ballet of Unhatched Chicks; No. 6 Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle; No. 7 The Market at Limoges (The Great News); No. 8 Cum Mortuis in Lingua Mortua (Catacombs); No. 9 The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba Yaga); No. 10 The Heroic Gate (The Bogatyr Gates in Kiev). It also featured La Valse by Maurice Ravel and excerpts from Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky - Russian Dance and The Shrovetide Fair.
Her fifth album Rachmaninoff was released on 10 March 2017. It comprised Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and his Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Järvi (Sony Classical).
Prizes and awards
Buniatishvili has received the following prizes and awards:
- Special prize of the Horowitz Piano Competition in Kiev in 2003 and the first prize of the Elizabeth Leonskaya Scholarship
- The 3rd Tbilisi International Piano competition (2005): Second Prize winner along with Special Prize “for Artistry” and Special Prize “Best Georgian young pianist”
- 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition (2008): Third Prize winner along with a Special Prize “Best Performer of a Chopin piece” and “Audience Favorite” Prize in Eilat”
- A Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010
- Newcomer of the Year (Piano) ECHO Klassik Award 2012
- ECHO Klassik Award 2016
- 2011 - Franz Liszt Solo Piano album (Sony Classical)
- 2012 - Chopin with the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Paavo Järvi (Sony Classical)
- 2014 - Motherland Solo Piano album (Sony Classical)
- 2016 - Kaleidoscope Solo Piano album (Sony Classical)
- 2016 - DVD/BLUE-RAY Liszt Beethoven with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta (Sony Classical)
- 2017 - Rachmanonoff with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Järvi (Sony Classical)
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