2014 Lisztconcours. Utrecht. Tivoli Vredenburg.Photo: Allard Willemse

Mariam Batshashvili, piano

On November 8th, 2014, Georgian pianist, Mariam Batsashvili, became the first female in history to win the First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Netherlands.  As winner she will embark on an extensive concert tour, taking her to more than twenty countries. Already the morning after the finals in Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg, she made her debut in the sold-out main hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw performing with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan.

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.  In her young but impressive career,Mariam has already managed to win many awards including First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar in 2011, Second Prize at the María Herrero International Piano Competition in Granada in 2012, and has performed in countries all over the world including Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Israel, South Africa, Indonesia, and China.

“Above all a player with the greatest refinement and taste. It’s the sort of playing that brings out the best in Liszt’s music.” – Jury of the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition

Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt
Liszt Competition Solo Final
Paganini/Liszt La Campanella