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Violinist LISA BATIASHVILI's worldwide schedule is characterized by invitations with the leading conductors of the day - including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Mikko Franck, Alan Gilbert, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Zubin Mehta, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Yuri Temirkanov. Debuts during 2004/05 with the London Symphony Orchestra/Lorin Maazel, the Berlin Philharmonic/Osmo Vänskä, and the New York Philharmonic/Lorin Maazel have each led to immediate reinvitations; and during 2005/06 she appears for the first time with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and at the Salzburg Festival - while making return visits to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the NHK Symphony, and the Orchestre de Paris. Chamber music also plays an important part in Batiashvili's schedule, with invitations from festivals such as Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Saratoga, Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade, and Kuhmo; in 2005 her commitment to new music was evidenced with two world premieres, including a new double concerto for violin, oboe, and chamber orchestra by Nicholas Bacri.
2001 was a landmark year for Georgian-born violinist Lisa Batiashvili - at that time one of the first BBC New Generation Artists: "outstanding debut of the year" and "one of the best CDs of 2001" were BBC Music magazine's reactions to her BBC Proms and EMI CD respectively; and just two years later she was named winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival's Leonard Bernstein Award. Now in her mid-20s, she has continued to make an indelible impression on the international music scene, with stunning successes throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and the Pacific Rim territories.
International awareness of this outstanding young musician was triggered by her unprecedented success in the 1995 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki where, as the youngest competitor (aged 16), she was awarded second prize. Since then an exceptional career has blossomed, alongside studies with Professor Ana Chumachenko at the Musikhochschule in Munich and with Professor Mark Lubotski at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg.
Munich has been Batiashvili's home city since 1994, and she now resides there with her husband Francois Leleux and their daughter Anna-Victoria. She plays the 1709 Engleman Stradivarius - kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.