Born in 1987 in Batumi, Georgian pianist KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI was introduced to the piano at the age of five, gave her first concert with the Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was six, and appeared internationally at age ten. She studied in Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg and is a winner of numerous international competitions, including the Arthur Rubinstein Competition and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition.
Buniatishvili is regularly invited to festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne, Ravinia, Aspen, Gstaad, Amsterdam, Bad Kissingen, St. Petersburg, BBC Proms, Montpellier, Saratoga, Salzburg, Kronberg, MDR Leipzig, Folles Journées in Nantes and Japan, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Progetto Martha Argerich, and many more.
In 2008 she made her U.S. debut at Carnegie Hal, performing Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. Since then, she has performed with the Israel Philharmonic with Kent Nagano and Zubin Mehta, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica (La Scala, Rome, Pavia, Istanbul), Sinfonia Varsovia with Maxim Vengerov, NDR Sinfonie-Orchester Hamburg, Verbier Festival Orchestra under Neeme Järvi and Charles Dutoit, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic with Andrey Boreyko, Finnish Radio Symphony, China Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony, Shanghai Symphony with Mikhail Pletnev, Philadelphia Orchestra under Lawrence Foster, San Francisco Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Tugan Sokhiev, BBC Symphony with Kirill Karabits and Jiří Bělohlávek, European Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the Philharmonique de Radio France under Myung-Whun Chung.
Buniatishvili has performed worldwide in a trio with Gidon Kremer and has given recitals in Amsterdam, Athens, Birmingham, Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Florence, Prague, Warsaw, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Luxembourg, London, Singapore, and Vancouver. In chamber music, she has also collaborated with Renaud Capuçon, Truls Mørk, and Sol Gabetta, and in a piano duo with her sister Gvantsa.
She has toured with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with Paavo Järvi, the London Symphony Orchestra (Andrés Orozco-Estrada), the Vienna Symphony (Philippe Jordan), Kremerata Baltica in Japan and Europe, Basel Chamber Orchestra (Kristjan Järvi), Russian National Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko), and in the U.S. (including a concert series with San Francisco Symphony under Vladimir Jurowski). She has given concerts with Philharmonia Orchestra (Paavo Järvi), Vienna Symphony (Gianandrea Noseda), Orchestre de Paris (Andrey Boreyko), Orchestre National de France (Daniele Gatti), Orchestre National de Lyon (Eliahu Inbal), Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra (Pietari Inkinen), Mai Musical Florentine, Scala in Milan (Noseda), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Krzysztof Urbanski), Seattle Symphony (Ludovic Morlot), Toronto Symphony (David Zinman), and Munich Philharmonic (Semyon Bychkov).
A BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2009-2011, Khatia regularly collaborates with BBC orchestras. In 2010 she received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award; she was nominated by Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus as a Rising Star for the 2011/2012 season, and she received a 2012 ECHO Prize in Berlin. She was supported by a BSI scholarship.
Her discography includes a trio recording with Gidon Kremer and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (ECM). For Sony, she recorded a Liszt recital, a Chopin CD (Concerto No. 2) with the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, and Motherland, a collection of solo piano works. Her most recent release is a recording of works by Franck, Grieg, and Dvořák with violinist Renaud Capuçon (Erato).