Warner Classics has added Mariam Batsashvili to its prestigious roster of pianists, where she joins the likes of Beatrice Rana, Piotr Anderszewski and Martha Argerich. The young Georgian-born artist will make her label debut with a solo album of Liszt and Chopin, due for release in August 2019.
Liszt has been a significant composer in her career to date: Batsashvili won the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht in 2014, having already triumphed in the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar three years earlier. ‘Franz Liszt definitely has a special place in my life,’ she said. ‘His music is so complete, so perfect … Every single emotion and thought about life can be found in his music. He is very daring in the way he uses the entire piano to express himself.’
In 2015 Batsashvili received the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize and she spent the 2016-17 season as a ‘Rising Star’ of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). She is currently a member of the BBC’s New Generation Artist scheme and will be performing Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms on August 18.