10th SJE Arts International Piano Series
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Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, ‘Appassionata’
Liszt Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude, No. 3 from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173
Liszt Vallée d’Obermann, No. 6 from Années de pèlerinage 1, S. 160
Liszt Fantasy on themes from Mozart’s ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ S. 697
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody S. 244, No. 10
We are delighted to have Georgian pianist Mariam Batsashvili to open our 10th SJE Arts International Piano Series. First prize winner at the 2014 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Mariam has received critical acclaim for her interpretations of Liszt’s music. Tonight, her programme leads us from Beethoven to Liszt, and begins with Beethoven’s stormy Sonata in F minor, ‘Appassionata’. Liszt admired all Beethoven’s piano sonatas and ‘Appassionata’ was one of the ones that he performed most frequently.
As a BBC New Generation Artist 2017-2019, Mariam appeared widely in the UK, making her debuts at Cheltenham Festival and at the BBC Proms with the Ulster Orchestra and Rafael Payare. More recent performances have included her recital debuts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Fundación Juan March, Madrid and Edinburgh Festival and concerto engagements with Munich Symphony Orchestra and Finnish orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta.
Signed by Warner Classics, Mariam Batsashvili released her first album, ‘Chopin, Liszt’ in 2019 and her second, ‘Romantic Piano Masters’ in 2022.
‘Her technical prowess and ability to negotiate Liszt’s showy grandeur is a given, but her sense of his inner world, his wistful, nonchalant poetry…sets her apart as one to watch.’ Fiona Maddocks, The Observer