Mariam Batsashvili


Photo: Allard Willemse

Photo: Allard Willemse


On 8 November 2014 Mariam Batsashvili won First Prize, the Junior Jury Award and the Press 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”, headlined Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. The International Press Jury called her a “complete artist” with a “tremendous touch” and praised her “full, sincere emotion”.

Mariam Batsashvili, born in Georgia in 1993, is the first woman to win First Prize at the Liszt Competition. As winner she embarked on an extensive concert tour, taking her to more than 30 countries. The morning after winning the competition she made her debut in the main hall of Het Amsterdam Concertgebouw, performing Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan.

Mariam Batsashvili studied at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in Tbilisi, Georgia with Natalia Natsvlishvili and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Grigory Gruzman. She has won prizes from various competitions such as First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar in 2011 as well as the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award in 2015. Mariam has performed in over 30 countries including China (including NCPA, Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall), Brazil, the United States, South Africa, South Korea, the Baltic states, Indonesia, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands both in recital and with orchestra. She has been a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador and with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed at festivals such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Pianofortissimo Festival Bologna and Delft Chamber Music Festival.

Future engagements will see Mariam Batsashvili work with the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Württembergische Philharmonie. She will also make her debut at Wigmore Hall, London and perform in 20 other countries including the United States, China, South Africa, Russia, Spain, Germany and France.

Mariam Batsashvili is a scholarship holder of Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Nominated as an ECHO Rising Star by Bozar Brussels and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Performance dates

06.11.2016 – 4 pm
Kölner Philharmonie

13.11.2016 – 11 am
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

18.11.2016 – 7:30 pm
Müpa Budapest

29.11.2016 – 8 pm
Philharmonie Luxembourg

07.12.2016 – 8:15 pm
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

09.12.2016 – 7 pm
Bozar Brussels

15.01.2017 – 3 pm
Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris

28 or 29.01.2017
Sage Gateshead

03.02.2017 – 8 pm
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

13.02.2017 – 6 pm
Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham

19.02.2017 – 5 pm
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon

Konzerthaus Dortmund

19.03.2017 – 6 pm
Stockholms Konserthus

19.04.2017 – 7:30 pm
Musikverein Wien

21.04.2017 – 8:30 pm
L’Auditori Barcelona

13.05.2017 – 9 pm
Casa da Música Porto

15.05.2017 – 7 pm
Barbican Centre London