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Khatia Buniatishvili

Born in 1987 in Batumi, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili was introduced to piano at the age of 5, gave her first concert with Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was 6 and appeared internationally at her 10. She studied in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg. Winner of numerous international competitions, such as Arthur Rubinstein Competition and Tbilisi International Piano Competition.

Khatia is regularly invited to festivals such as; Verbier, Lucern, Ravinia, Aspen, Gstaad, Amsterdam, Bad Kissingen, Saint-Petersburg, BBC Proms, Montpellier, Saratoga, Salzburg, Kronberg, MDR Leipzig, Folles Journées in Nantes and Japan,  Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Progetto Martha Argerich and many more.

In 2008 she made her US debut at Carnegie Hall, performing Chopin Second Piano Concerto. Since then, she performed with Israel Philharmonic with Kent Nagano and Zubin Mehta, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica (Scala de Milan, Rome, Pavia, Istanbul), Sinfonia Varsovia with Maxim Vengerov, NDR Sinfonie-Orchester Hamburg, Lucerne Symphonic, Verbier Festival Orchestra under Neeme Järvi and Charles Dutoit, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic with Andrey Boreyko, Finnish Radio Symphony, China Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony, Shangai Symphony with Mikhail Pletnev, Philadelphia Orchestra under Larry Foster, San Francisco Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, Franfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Tugan Sokhiev, BBC Symphony with K. Karabits and J. Bělohlávek, European Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, la Philharmonique de Radio France under Myung-Whun Chung.

Khatia performed recitals in Amsterdam, Athens, Birmingham, Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Florence, Prague, Warsaw, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Luxembourg, London, Singapore, Vancouver. In chamber music, she has collaborated with Renaud Capuçon, Truls Mork, Sol Gabetta, in a trio with Gidon Kremer and Giedre Dirvanauskaité, and in a piano duo with her sister Gvantsa.

She has toured with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Paavo Järvi), London Symphony Orchestra (Andrés Orozco-Estrada), Vienna Symphony (Philippe Jordan), Kremerata Baltica in Japan and Europe, Orchestre Chamber de Bale (Kristjan Järvi), Russian National Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko), and San Francisco Symphony (Vladimir Jurowski). She has appeared at concerts with Philharmonia Orchestra (Paavo Järvi), Vienna Symphonic (Gianandrea Noseda), Orchestre de Paris (Andrey Boreyko), Orchestre National de France (Daniele Gatti), Orchestre National de Lyon (Eliahu Inbal), Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra (Pietari Inkinen), Mai Musical Florentine, Scala in Milan (Gianandrea Noseda), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Krzystof Urbanski), Seattle Symphony (Ludovic Morlot), Toronto Symphony (David Zinman), and Munich Philharmonic (Semyon Bychkov).

She is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2009-2011 and as such has regularly collaborated with BBC orchestras. In 2010, she received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and was nominated by Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus as an ECHO Rising Star in 2011/12 season. She also received ECHO Price 2012 in Berlin and was supported by a BSI scholarship.

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