Coming up for Musica Viva: Khatia Buniatishvili
Musica Viva is very excited to be welcoming Khatia Buniatishvili for her debut Australian appearances at the Musica Viva Festival. Appearing solo and with artists including Pekka Kuusisto and the Goldner String Quartet, this is a fantastic opportunity to witness this young star up close in the intimate Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
At just 23, Khatia has been awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, been chosen for the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme and signed with Sony Classical. A protégé of Stephen Kovacevich and Martha Argerich, she was recommended to Musica Viva by violinist Gidon Kremer and is already attracting a following, including at least one blogger.
As a performer, Khatia is individual, a risk-taker, an approach perhaps best summed up by Jessica Duchen’s recent review in Standpoint Magazine:
Next up in the Brahms & Liszt first part, Stephen and Martha’s latest protegee and Borletti-Buitoni Trust wonder, Khatia Buniatishvili, 23, from Tblisi, Georgia. Liszt B minor Sonata – completely mesmerising, redefining the whole meaning of ‘virtuosity’. There wasn’t a safe moment in it: by turns theoretically too fast, too loud and too soft, yet throughout completely, hynotically overwhelming. There’s no point playing Liszt if you’re going to be safe about it, and Khatia seemed to turn herself inside out, giving more than you would imagine one person could ever give and be able to stand at the end.