Young pianist Mariam Batsashvili to open Wigmore Hall's livestreamed series on YouTube

  • Mariam Batsashvili will continue her fall season of performances at European venues with the Wigmore Hall show. Photo: Josef Fischnaller., 12 Oct 2020 - 18:52, Tbilisi,Georgia

London's Wigmore Hall performance venue will host young pianist Mariam Batsashvili in the first performance of their New Autumn Series, to be livestreamed on YouTube on Tuesday.

The Georgian musical artist will be on stage of the performance hall to offer renditions Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Sigismond Thalberg, Franz Liszt and César Franck, and listeners can tune in on YouTube to see the live broadcast.

The concert will mark the launch of Wigmore Hall's series of 100 livestreamed shows between Tuesday and December 22 and involving opera singers, orchestra performers and ensembles in an effort to support the musical scene and performing arts amid the pandemic.

It is a huge joy to announce that we will have 100 concerts between now and Christmas. Alongside the core chamber and song repertoire I have encouraged artists to explore 20th and 21st century composers and a diversity of repertoire throughout the series" - Wigmore Hall Director John Gilhooly

The complete programme of Batsashvili's appearance comprises the Prélude, fugue et variation Op. 18 by Franck, Sonatine by Ravel, Grand caprice on Bellini's La Sonnambula Op. 46 by Thalberg, Fantasiestücke Op. 12 by Schumann and Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod's Faust S407 by Liszt.

The Georgian pianist has been performing across Europe throughout the month of October, with concert appearances at Darmstadt's Staatstheater and the Salle Philharmonique of Liege following previous shows in the Netherlands and Germany in September.

Batsashvili is winner of the 2014 Franz Liszt Piano Competition and recipient of prizes from the 2011 Liszt Competition for Young Pianists and the 2012 María Herrero International Piano Competition.

Recipient of the 2015 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, Batsashvili released her first album last year with Warner Classics and represents the high-profile Yamaha company along with other notable performers.