Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili has released a new album with the music of J.S. and C.P.E. Bach on Deutsche Grammophon. The program consists mostly of Johann Sebastian with a Trio Sonata by Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Elizabeth Batiashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her father was a violinist and her mother a pianist. Before she turned three Batiashvili was playing a miniature violin. From age eight, she studied music at a Tbilisi music school for gifted children.
When her family moved to Munich, Germany, Batiashvili studied music at the Hamburg Musikhochschule and the Munich Musikhochschule. At 16, Batiashvili captured second prize at the Helsinki-based Sibelius Competition. In 1999-2001 she was a BBC New Generation Artist, debuting at the 2000 BBC Proms.
Since then, Batiashvili has been touring all over the world and recording highly-praised performances. Her new Bach album was recorded with the Bavarian Radio Chamber Symphony Orchestra.
Despite being born and raised in Scotland, Nicola Benedetti’s discovery of Scottish music came later in life. Her new album explores one of the most well-known Scottish classical works (by a German, no less), and plenty of Robert Burns tunes and other Scottish folk music.
This Saturday, March 15th at the Brown Theatre, the Louisville Orchestra will play an all-Mozart concert led by Tito Muñoz and featuring soloists from within the orchestra. Concertmaster Michael Davis and principal horn John Gustely sat down with Alan Brandt to talk about the concert and their roles in the orchestra.
From the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, this week’s From the Top (Sunday at 6pm), features a local 12-year-old pianist playing one of Aaron Copland’s most playful pieces, a talented 15-year-old cellist performing Schumann, and the fantastic Junior Division winners of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competition performing from Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2.
Here’s a taste of last Sunday’s show. Try this: hit play then close your eyes. You won’t believe your ears…