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Khatia Buniatishvili

Saturday, December 10, 2016 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Blockbuster repertoire is performed by a spectacular young pianist cited by London's Evening Standard for her “jaw-dropping virtuoso technique.” Khatia Buniatishvili returns to Carnegie Hall for Mussorgsky’s brilliantly evocative Pictures at an Exhibition and music by Liszt, including his Réminiscences de Don Juan, a deliciously entertaining work that is a set of variations on themes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Part of Mix and Mingle.


Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano


MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
LISZT Réminiscences de Don Juan
LISZT Etude No. 2 in F Minor, "La leggierezza," from Trois études de concert
LISZT Transcendental Etude No. 5 in B-flat Major, "Feux follets"
LISZT Etude No. 3 in G-sharp Minor, "La campanella," from Grandes études de Paganini
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor (arr. Horowitz)

BACH "Sheep May Safely Graze" from Cantata No. 208 (arr. Petri)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating before intermission.

At a Glance

Mussorgsky’s highly personal and innovative voice was long obscured by well-meaning editors and orchestrators who considered his unconventional harmonies and orchestrations crude. Pictures at an Exhibition (perhaps best known in Ravel’s brilliant orchestral transcription) and other masterpieces can now be heard in their original state, enabling audiences to see Mussorgsky not just as a Russian nationalist, but as an authentic genius who was decades ahead of his time.

A seminal figure in the Romantic movement, Liszt was also a musical visionary who prefigured many of the major compositional developments of the 20th century. His vast catalogue includes some 1,000 works in many genres, but he is best known for his dazzlingly virtuosic and often richly poetic piano music. The five pieces on this evening’s program range from Liszt’s highly dramatic “paraphrase” of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to one of his fiendishly difficult Transcendental Etudes.   


Khatia Buniatishvili

Born in 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili was introduced to the piano at age five, gave her first concert with the Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was six, and appeared internationally at age 10. She studied in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg, and she is a winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Ms. Buniatishvili is regularly invited to perform at festivals, including Verbier, Lucerne, Ravinia, Aspen, Menuhin (Gstaad), Amsterdam, BBC Proms, Montpellier, Salzburg, La folle journée, Piano aux Jacobins, and Progetto Martha Argerich.

In 2008, she made her US debut at Carnegie Hall in a performance of Chopin's Second Piano Concerto. Since then, she has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Kent Nagano, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica, Sinfonia Varsovia and Maxim Vengerov, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrey Boreyko, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Lawrence Foster, San Francisco Symphony and Jaap van Zweden, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits, European Union Youth Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-whun Chung.

Ms. Buniatishvili has performed recitals in Amsterdam, Athens, Birmingham, Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Florence, Prague, Warsaw, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Luxembourg, London, Singapore, and Vancouver. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Renaud Capuçon, Truls Mørk, and Sol Gabetta; in a trio with Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė; and in a piano duo with her sister Gvantsa.

Recent tours have included performances with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica in Japan and Europe, Basel Chamber Orchestra, and in the US with the San Francisco Symphony under Vladimir Jurowski. Ms. Buniatishvili also gives concerts with London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, and Munich Philharmonic. She performs in a trio with Gidon Kremer in Naples, Siena, Venice, Florence, and Berlin; and gives recitals in Paris, London, Munich, Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Barcelona, Tokyo, Luxembourg, and Prague.

A BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist between 2009 and 2011, Ms. Buniatishvili regularly collaborates with BBC orchestras. She received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award (2010), was nominated by Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus as a Rising Star (2011-2012 season), and won ECHO Klassik awards in 2012 and 2016. Ms. Buniatishvili's discography includes a trio recording with Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (EMC), a duo recital with Renaud Capuçon (Erato Records), and Chopin's Second Concerto with the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, a recital recording of Liszt, Motherland, and Kaleidoscope (Sony Classical).

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