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Khatia Buniatishvili has been described by The Independent as "the young Georgian firebrand." At only 24 years old, this Tblisi-born pianist has already achieved an exceptional maturity of interpretation and a distinctive artistic approach that make her playing unmistakable. For her second album on Sony Classical, Khatia now releases Chopin, and the album encompasses five works superbly showcasing the breadth of her skills as a pianist. Chopin's Sonata No. 2, op. 35, in formal and pianistic terms, is one of the most consummate works of the post-Beethoven period and above all known for its fascinatingly, strangely scurrying finale, which Robert Schumann compared to the mocking smile of a sphinx. The unprecedentedly lavish Ballade No. 4, op. 54 is extremely demanding, both technically and artistically. Waltz No. 2, op. 64, is suffused with Slavic heavyheartedness, while Mazurka No. 4, op. 17 concludes enigmatically, as if with an open question. This Polish folk dance is also the basis for the finale of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2.
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Khatia Buniatishvili explores quiet corners of the psyche on 'Labyrinth' / blogcritics
Khatia Buniatishvili, a pianist knows for both introspection and romanticism, explores quiet corners of the psyche on her new album, Labyrinth. A collection of mostly well-known pieces by a broad variety of composers – from Baroque through contemporary, Couperin through Philip Glass – it's an album to listen to with a glass of wine or two. Billed as a concept album, Labyrinth is a collage...
Khatia Buniatishvili plays the Liszt 'Piano Concerto no. 2 in A Major' with fury and craftmanship at Kravis Center / Palm Beach Daily News
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra opened a promising Sunday evening at the Kravis Center. Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili took the stage to perform Franz Liszt's "Piano Concerto no. 2 in A Major," S125. Benjamin Mellefont on clarinet had gorgeous moments with brief soloistic passages. A homogeneous violin section expertly blended every pitch and dynamic swell. It was a pleasure to witness the precision of ar...
Khatia Buniatishvili to perform in Music Worcester debut at Tuckerman Hall / the telegram
World-renowned pianist Khatia Buniatishvili will perform a program of Schubert and Liszt April 19 at Tuckerman Hall. The concert marks Buniatishvili's first time in the city, and is one of only two American performances on her 2019 tour. "I'm always excited to go for the first time somewhere, to discover the new culture, to share my emotions and physical experience with people that I've never met be...
Khatia Buniatishvili makes Modest Mussorgsky sound anything but bashful / RT
With a toss of the hair and a playful lip bite, Khatia Buniatishvili makes Modest Mussorgsky sound anything but bashful – and the otherwise stuffy world of classical music just can't get enough. The long-dead composers she plays might have written some jazzier rhythms if they knew they'd be brought to life by a woman whose whole body sways and bounces with every arpeggio. The tension builds as ...
Khatia Buniatishvili with Israel Philharmonic set for Georgia's Tsinandali Festival / Agenda.ge
Israel's leading symphony orchestra and award-winning Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili will play for audiences in Georgia later this year as a preview of the country's upcoming Tsinandali Festival of classical music. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by its musical director and conductor Zubin Mehta, will team up with Buniatishvili to present the classical show in September. The concert will be...
Khatia Buniatishvili - Liszt PC2: blu-ray release has fire and sensitivity / Texas Public Radio
There's moment in the middle of Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 2," newly available on Blu-ray, when pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is deep into a solo cadenza. The Israel Philharmonic is silent, and conductor Zubin Mehta, looking out at the orchestra with a hundred-yard-stare, turns the page in his score so flippantly and forcefully it's picked up on mic with a great "flap!" sound. Within a few seco...
Khatia Buniatishvili named TF1 - musician of the year / Agenda.ge
Award-winning Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili has claimed another international prize - last week Europe's most viewed television channel TF1 named her Musician of the Year. On December 9, the French TV channel held its annual awards ceremony honouring artists, sportspeople and media personalities of 2016. Buniatishvili was at the awards ceremony and collected the special prize before addressin...
Listen to dramatic reading of Khatia Buniatishvili's bio / WFMT
If you're a music lover, you've likely read your fair share of artist biographies in program notes, liner notes, or artist websites. But you've never read an artist bio quite like Khatia Buniatishvili's, which contains choice lines such as, "nothing can be imposed on this young lady of the air whose wing-beats pollinate works and who sprinkles a musical cloud of golden powder to the four winds." Luc...
Khatia Buniatishvili - Paris Match feature
Khatia Buniatishvili, Georgian pianist dazzles with his musical genius as far as a sex appeal she emphasizes. That day, she had to play for the vast Martha Argerich. "A genius and my favorite pianist. I felt a mad joy and a lot of pressure at the same time, remembers Khatia. A few days before, visiting an Orthodox church in Vienna, someone inadvertently burned my hair with a candle. I had to shave my hea...
Khatia Buniatishvili - Kaleidoscope wins ECHO Klassik Award / AGENDA.GE
Acclaimed Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili has added another prize to her growing list of accolades after collecting the prestigious ECHO Klassik 2016 Award from Germany's Music Industry Association this week. Promoted by its founders as "one the most important and renowned music awards worldwide", the German prize has been granted to reveal "the most successful and outstanding achievements of G...
Khatia Buniatishvili releases new Sony Classical disc - Kaleidoscope
Classical pianist Khatia Buniatishvili has astounded her audiences around the world with her virtuosic performances of the classical piano repertoire. From Lizst to Chopin to Bach and Part, she has celebrated the works like a breath of a young soul. With her most recent release, Kaleidoscope, she presents her very personal approach to each composer with accomplished reading of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at a...
BBC Music Magazine revisits interview with Khatia Buniatishvili
In the November 2010 issue of BBC Music Magazine, we interviewed pianist Khatia Buniatishvili for our 'Rising Star' series. Now, six years on and fully risen, the flamboyant Georgian is still making waves and in our March 2016 issue, out now, speaks to Jessica Duchen about why she believes risk-taking is an essential part of an artist's life. But here, in the meantime, we revisit that first i...
Khatia Buniatishvili joins Armenian musicians wearing ?Forget-me-not? badges@Al Bustan International Festival
On March 4 the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia performed a concert of classical music within the framework of the Al Bustan International Festival. The program included compositions by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, and Khatia Buniatishvili performed as a soloist. All the performances of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia at the Al Bustan International Festival are dedicated to the 100th a...
Renaud Capucon | Khatia Buniatishvili play Chamber Music San Francisco / San Francisco Examiner
From the start, violinist Renaud Capuçon and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili have had a musical relationship that was utterly natural. The virtuosos, performing together in San Francisco for the first time this week in a Chamber Music San Francisco presentation, are playing a program featuring César Franck's Violin Sonata. The melodic, sensuous, light-filled piece has special meaning for t...
Khatia Buniatishvili makes her Abu Dhabi debut / The National
Khatia Buniatishvili is one of the most highly rated young pianists in the world, but she still feels herself to be a person out of time. The 27-year-old Georgian, who makes her Abu Dhabi debut at Manarat Al Saadiyat on January 7, describes herself as a "20th-century person", harking back to a time when she feels the world of classical music had more scope for idiosyncrasy. "Individuality and persona...
Khatia Buniatishvili plays with Toronto Symphony Orchestra / National Post review
We all need caressing. This is why I rate the professional prospects of Khatia Buniatishvili rather high. On Thursday night the 27-year-old Georgian played Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in a manner that turned Roy Thomson Hall into a flower-laden sitting room and all the listeners (and there were plenty at this Toronto Symphony Orchestra subscription concert) into intimate f...
Khatia Buniatishvili - Motherland is a WFMT 'New Release of the Week'
Following the success of her Chopin album on Sony Classical, Khatia Buniatishvili now reveals a new, highly personal side on her album Motherland. The CD encompasses music from Bach to Pärt and from Brahms to Kancheli. Spanning a broad stylistic and historical range, the album celebrates the works that have accompanied Buniatishvili through her career, including pieces from her Georgian ho...
Khatia Buniatishvili - Motherland / KDFC: Download Of the Week
Each week KDFC - San Francisco members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music, only at KDFC.com Following the success of her Chopin album on Sony Classical, Khatia Buniatishvili now reveals a new, highly personal side on her album ‘Motherland'. The CD is an intimate quest encompassing solo piano works from Bach to Pärt and from Brahms...
Khatia Buniatishvili - Motherland / ClassicaLite review
Aggregating web articles about Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, you may find that the piano virtuoso has some sort of, well, complex. Whether it be unremitting self-indulgence or excessive pride, can you knock someone who's an undeniable talent? And, to no surprise, the latest from Norman Lebrecht (entitled "Another Georgian artist with gender issues") speaks to these truths about Khatia and he...
Khatia Buniatishvili concert review / San Francisco Classical Voice
On Sunday night at Le Petit Trianon in San José, the Steinway Society of the Bay Area presented the young Georgian-born, Paris-based pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, who played quite an ambitious program. How about Liszt's colossal B-Minor Sonata as a warm-up piece? Then follow it with Ravel's preposterously difficult transcription of his symphonic poem La Valse? Fortunately, in both of these pie...
Khatia Buniatishvili makes her playing unmistakable in 'Chopin'
Khatia Buniatishvili has been described by The Independent as "the young Georgian firebrand." At only 24 years old, this Tblisi-born pianist has already achieved an exceptional maturity of interpretation and a distinctive artistic approach that make her playing unmistakable. For her second album on Sony Classical, Khatia now releases Chopin. The album encompasses five works superbly showca...
Khatia Buniatishvili celebrates Franz Liszt's 200th birthday this fall with an album devoted to the composer
The extremely gifted young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is devoting her debut album on Sony Classical, available July 5, to Franz Liszt in celebration of the composer's 200th birthday this fall. Although Buniatishvili sees herself as belonging truly to the 21st century, like the Romantics she looks for greatness in small things and for the universal in the individual. In ...