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Mariam Batsashvili

Name Mariam Batsashvili Prize First Prize
Nationality Georgia Birth year 1993

 “Above all a player with the greatest refinement and taste. It's the kind of playing that brings out the best in Liszt's music." – from the jury report

On 8 November 2014 Mariam Batsashvili (Georgia, 1993) won First Prize at the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. She received her prize in the main hall of TivoliVredenburg, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima. “Winner Batsashvili turns every phrase into something special”, was the headline in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Batsashvili also took home the Junior Jury Award and the Press Prize. The International Press Jury called her a “complete artist” with an “amazing touch” and full of “heartfelt emotion”.

Batsashvili is the first female First Prize winner of the Liszt Competition. As a winner she will embark on an extensive concert tour, taking her to more than 25 countries. As early as the morning after the Finals in Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg she made her debut to a sold-out audience in the main hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Together with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan, she performed Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 in E flat major once again.

Mariam Batsashvili studied successively at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in Tbilisi with Natalia Natsvlishvili and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Grigory Gruzman. She won prizes from various competitions in Georgia, Germany and Spain. Aside from her native country, Mariam has performed in such countries as Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, South Africa, both in recital and with orchestra. She was a soloist with the Erfurt Philharmonisches Orchester and with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on numerous occasions.

Mariam Batsashvili has been selected as a ‘Rising Star’ by ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) for the season 2016/17. As a Rising Star she will perform a concert tour across 21 of the most prestigious venues of Europe, including Musikverein Wien and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Mariam Batsashvili is a scholarship holder of Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

www.mariambatsashvili.com

IMPORTANT DATES & INTERNATIONAL SELECTION ROUNDS 2017

01
December

Deadline for application

07-08
February

Selection Rounds New York

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10-12
February

Selection Rounds Utrecht

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14-15
February

Selection Rounds Moscow

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17-18
February

Selection Rounds Tokyo

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06
March

The 14 Semi-Finalists will be announced

International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2017

08-09
October

Semi Finals I

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11-12
October

Semi Finals II

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14-15
October

Semi Finals III

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18
October

Finals Solo

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21
October

Finals Gala
with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

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22
October

Prize winners Concert
in The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam

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Prize winners of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition:

Martyn van den Hoek, Gregorio Nardi (1986), Enrico Pace, Wibi Soerjadi (1989), Sergey Pashkevich (1992), Igor Roma (1996), Masaru Okada, Yundi Li (1999), Jean Dubé (2002), Yingdi Sun, Christiaan Kuyvenhoven (2005), Vitaly Pisarenko, Nino Gvetadze (2008), Masataka Goto, Olga Kozlova (2011) en Mariam Batsashvili (2014).

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Besides the International Piano Competition held every three years, the Liszt Competition also hosts a number of other concerts and events.

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