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Religious or Not, 'Bach Makes You Believe in Something,' Lisa Batiashvili Says in Preview of Apr. 8–11 Concerts

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"People are religious or not, but Bach makes you believe in something, and for sure," Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili told The New York Times.

She only recently recorded Bach — "after a long period of awe-struck distance." That's one reason her concerts on April 8–11, her final ones as Artist-in-Residence, will be special, because she will play Bach's sublime Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Another reason? The oboist is her husband, the "marvelous" François Leleux. They will also perform a new concerto, inspired by and quoting Bach's, by the French composer Thierry Escaich. Alan Gilbert conducts the concert, which closes with Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony.

Lisa's New York recital debut was last night, at Alice Tully Hall. Her partner was pianist Paul Lewis, who made his Philharmonic subscription debut last season. 

The New York Times wrote that the recital showed they were "perfectly matched .... Neither has a willful musical ego that needs to be tempered in a duo. Neither takes great liberties. Each has a subtle eloquence that never devolves into monotony or showmanship."

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Meet Lisa Batiashvili Feb. 3 at Insights at the Atrium

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“The New York Philharmonic has become my favorite musical family,” The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili said in a Playbill profile this past fall.

The feeling is, of course, mutual. Discover why on Tuesday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. at our next free Insights at the Atrium event, “An Evening with Lisa Batiashvili.”

Ahead of her performances of Barber's Violin Concerto — “This is the quintessential American violin concerto, so I wanted to play it here, with this great American Orchestra,” she said — Lisa will reflect on her collaboration with the Philharmonic, the repertoire she’s bringing to New York, and her musical upbringing.

Insights at the Atrium events are at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili Named Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year

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We couldn't agree more.

Congratulations, Lisa! Our 2014–15 Artist-in-Residence is the 2015 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, it was announced this morning. She will receive the award in New York on December 11.

"Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, the New York Philharmonic’s artist in residence, is known for her meticulous musicality and emotional power and is a frequent guest with major orchestras in Europe and in the U.S.," Musical America said in a statement. 

The other winners are: Peter Sellars (Artist of the Year), John Luther Adams (Composer of the Year), Gianandrea Noseda (Conductor of the Year), and Christine Goerke (Vocalist of the Year).

Learn more about Lisa, and explore her remaining performances with us this season.

Photos: Tour Concludes in Taiwan

The ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour came to a triumphant conclusion this week with a concert in Yokohama and two in Taipei. Joining Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic for brilliant concerto performances were new and longtime friends: jazz sensation Makoto Ozone; pianist Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic’s current Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who will succeed him next season. After two weeks, ten concerts, six cities, and three countries, the Orchestra headed back to New York to resume performing for their hometown audience.


The Philharmonic's week in Tokyo was packed with performances: a concert for families featuring Alan Gilbert narrating Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in Japanese and the Orchestra playing music by 10- to 15-year-old composers from New York and Fukushima; concertos with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman, and violinist Lisa Batiashvili; and the Principal Woodwind Quintet in chamber music at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.