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, Tbilisi International Piano Competition, etc.
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 – New York, 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, NHK Symphony Orchestra, 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 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 is on tour with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with Paavo Jarvi, with London Symphony Orchestra (A. Orozco-Estrada), with Vienna Symphony (P. Jordan), Kremerata Baltica in Japan and Europe, Orchestre Chamber de Bale (Kristjan Jarvi), Russian National Orchestra (V. Petrenko), and in US (which include concert series with San Francisco Symphony under Vladimir Jurowski). She as well gives concerts with Philharmonia Orchestra (P. Jarvi), Vienna Symphonic (G. Noseda), Orchestre de Paris (A. Boreyko), Orchestre National de France (D. Gatti), Orchestre National de Lyon (E. Inbal), Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra (P. Inkinen), Mai Musical Florentine, Scala in Milan (G. Noseda), Los Angeles Philharmonic (K. Urbanski), Seattle Symphony (L. Morlot), Toronto Symphony (D. Zinman), Munich Philharmonic (S. Bychkov), etc. She performs in a trio with Gidon Kremer in Naples, Siena, Venice, Florence, Berlin, etc. and gives recitals in Paris, London, Munich, Stuttgart, Dortmunt, Baden-Baden, Barcelona, Tokyo, Luxembourg, Prague, etc.
A BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for 2009-2011, Khatia regularly collaborates with BBC orchestras. In 2010 she received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, has been nominated by Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus as a Rising Star for the 2011/2012 season and received ECHO Price 2012 in Berlin. She was supported by BSI scholarship.
Discography: With Sony Classical, she recorded a Liszt recital, a Chopin CD (Concerto Nr.2) with the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Jarvi, the Motherland recital. Last release: The Kaleidoscope recital with solo works of Mussorgsky, Ravel and Strawinsky.
Source: Sony Classical