One of today’s most prominent and sought-after classical musicians, Khatia Buniatishvili enthralls audiences across the globe with her unique blend of show-stopping virtuosity, probing musicality, and joyful charisma.
Born in Batumi (Georgia) Khatia discovered the piano at the early age of three and gave her first concert with Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was six. Since then, she has established herself as a regular presence at the world’s most important venues and festivals, including the BBC Proms, Philharmonie de Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
2019-20 highlights include a USA tour with the Royal Philharmonic and several European tours with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and Orchestra di Svizzera Italiana. Summer 2019 saw her return to the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; to the Salzburg Festival in recital; and to the Bastille Day concert under the Eiffel Tower.
Following her belief that humanity is at the center of all art, Khatia is involved in numerous projects for human rights and social change and has performed in the United Nation’s 70th Anniversary Humanitarian Concert in Geneva and in the UN Climate Change Conference-Marrakech. She is an ambassador for Plan International, a UK based organization for children’s rights and equality for girls.
An exclusive SONY classical artist, Khatia’s discography includes Franz Liszt (2011), Chopin (2012), Motherland (2014), and Kaleidoscope (2016), as well as Tchaikovsky Piano Trios with Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (2011) and Franck, Grieg, Dvorak Violin Sonatas (2014) with violinist Renaud Capuçon. She also collaborated with rock group Coldplay on their album A Head Full of Dreams”.
Khatia’s most recent recordings unite her with two close musical partners: Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic in concertos by Beethoven and Liszt (2016); Paavo Järvi and the Czech Philharmonic in Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 (2017). In 2019, Khatia released her first recording of the works of Franz Schubert, including the composer’s final Piano Sonata D. 960.
Khatia studied in Tbilisi with Tengiz Amiredjibi and in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg.
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