L’Arte del Violino

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Improvising. Fantasizing. On the spot, dressing the theme up in the latest, trendiest styles, turning it into a completely new composition – a musical feat that is the backbone of the jazz of the 20th century, all but vanished from the concert hall today. But it was once the domain of the great composers. Today we play the notes, we play them at an extremely high level, we immerse ourselves in the composer as deeply as possible, we interpret his intentions, but in the end, we restrict our- selves to the dots on paper.

This CD includes piano transcriptions of pieces by Marcello, Händel, Bach and Mozart, and Mariam Batsashvili is certainly one who knows how to bring the notes to life. Through her performance you will hear something of the lost art of fantasizing, revisiting, arranging, interpre- ting that the composers Bach, Busoni and Liszt understood so well. While honoring the masters they transferred their identity on these pieces, making these original masterworks accessible for new audien- ces, while adding extra layers of excitement. But what else would you expect when that name is Bach, Busoni or Liszt...

On 8 November 2014 Mariam Batsashvili (Georgia, 1993) won First Prize at the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. She is the rst female First Prize winner of the Liszt Competition. As a winner she embarked on an extensive concert tour, taking her to more than 30 countries. Mariam Batsashvili studied successively at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in Tbilisi with Natalia Natsvlishvili and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Grigory Gruzman. She has won prizes from various competitions such as First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar in 2011 as well as the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelan- geli award in 2015. Mariam Batsashvili has been selected as a ‘Rising Star’ by ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) for the Season 2016/17, which sees her performing in the 21 most prestigious venues of Europe. Mariam Batsashvili is scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (German Music Foundation).

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