Lisa Batiashvili commands her place among the world’s foremost artists with performances of great insight and expressive eloquence. The Germany-based Georgian violinist has been acclaimed by critics for her virtuosity, sensitivity, and charismatic power. She was named Musical America’s 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year, an accolade reserved for artists of the highest calibre, and also stands among the winners of Italy’s prestigious International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize. Batiashvili has developed close partnerships with many world-class orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Chamber Orchestra of Europe among them.
Born in Tbilisi, Lisa moved to Germany with her family at the age of eleven, where she studied with Mark Lubotsky and with Ana Chumachenco. The youngest-ever entrant in the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 1995, she made her breakthrough as winner of its second prize. She was named winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award in 2003 and awarded the 2006 Beethoven Ring Prize by the Beethoven Festival Bonn. She has since won a MIDEM Classical Award and a Choc de l’année, as well as three Echo/Opus Klassik awards, and in 2017 was one of ten nominees for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year. Highlights of recent years include critically acclaimed seasons as Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Münchner Konzertdirektion Hörtnagel, and her performance at the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm in 2018.
Frequently performing on international stages, Batiashvili has appeared at Georgia’s inaugural Tsinandali Festival; in Taipei and Tokyo with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and has toured with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle. She regularly appears with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa and Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has been an exclusive DG artist since 2010.
Batiashvili is the Artistic Director of the Audi Sommerkonzerte, Ingolstadt and founded the Lisa Batiashvili Foundation in 2021, committed to supporting young, highly talented musicians living on Georgian territory. She lives in Munich and plays a 1739 Guarneri "del Gesù" violin, generously loaned by a private collector.