Mariam Batsashvili (piano)


9 May 2020, 7.30pm

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Tonbridge

Mozart: Sonata No.8 in D major KV 311
Chopin: Six Polish Songs, Op.74 (arr. for piano by Franz Liszt)
Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole (Spanish Rhapsody), S.254
Ravel: Sonatine for Piano
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a (arr. for piano by M Pletnev)

Adults £20  Under-18s and Students in full-time education free  
Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult
This concert is also available as part of a mini-season membership (3 concerts for £50) or a full membership (5 concerts for £75)


The young Georgian pianist, Mariam Batsashvili has stunned, fascinated and touched audiences at the most renowned concert halls in Europe during her tour as a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). At just 25, she already ranks among the most promising young pianists of her generation. She gained international recognition at the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht 2014. With the start of the 2017/18 season, she became a BBC New Generation Artist and has performed at major festivals and concert venues across the UK as part of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, including debuts at the Cheltenham Festival, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. In the 2018/19 season, she returned to the Wigmore Hall to make her debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

“The young pianist has a superbly clear attack, and technically speaking plays perfectly, without being interested in perfection or making a show of it. No, she is interested in something quite different: in maintaining intimate contact with the accompanying orchestra, for example, not only with her playing, but also physically, with looks and gestures. She understands music making as concert-giving in the best sense – together. “
Egbert Tholl – Süddeutsche Zeitung,

Born 1993 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Mariam Batsashvili first studied with Natalia Natsvlishvili at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in her hometown, before continuing at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Professor Grigory Gruzman. In 2011 she won First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar, and received the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Award in 2015. 

Mariam gained her first experiences with leading symphony orchestras, including the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Liszt Piano Concerto No.1), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Rafael Payare (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1), the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2) and the MDR Symphony Orchestra under Dmitry Liss (Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 K.488). She has also given recitals in more than 30 countries – among these China, South Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, the United States, South Africa, France, Spain, Norway, the Baltic countries, Benelux and Germany. She has been the guest of many international festivals, such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Piano City festival in Milan and the Piano aux Jacobins festival in Toulouse.

She was nominated by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) as ‘Rising Star’ for the 2016/17 season, and performed in the most significant concert halls throughout Europe. In 2017-18 she gave performances at the Philharmonic Hall of St Petersburg, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Wigmore Hall and made her acclaimed debut at the Philharmonie Berlin as part of the series “Debüt im Deutschlandfunk Kultur”.

Mariam Batsashvili’s 2018/19 season was also peppered with exciting debuts. She made her debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Shelley (Liszt Piano Concerto No.1) and the Düsseldorf Symphony under Alexandre Bloch (Clara Schumann Piano Concerto). Her touring schedule saw her appearing in countries including Mexico and South Africa. As well as returning to the Wigmore Hall, she appeared in recital in Toronto, Rome, Naples and Ansbach.

Mariam Batsashvili is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and is supported by The Keyboard Charitable Trust. She has been an official Yamaha Artist since 2017.



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