Concert Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili Performs at Mesa Arts Center Tonight

Concert Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili Performs at Mesa Arts Center Tonight

Khatia Buniatishvili made her piano debut at the young age of six in Tbilisi, Georgia and was invited to play internationally as a guest performer in Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Russia, Israel, and America. Tonight, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., the Mesa Arts Center welcomes one of the most talented pianists in the world into the Piper Repertory Theater. Tickets are available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at MesaArtsCenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.

Introduced to the piano at as a child by her mother, Khatia became instantly recognized after her orchestral debut. When she won the prestigious Horowitz Piano Competition in Kiev in 2003, she met Oleg Maisenberg who convinced her to transfer from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire to Vienna's Academy for Music and the Performing Arts. After transferring, she won third prize at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2008 and was named the Best Performer of a Chopin Piece as well as declared the Audience Favorite. She subsequently appeared at a multitude of top festivals including, but not limited to, Verbier Festival, Gstaad Festival, and the Saratoga Festival. Khatia also performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Khatia Buniatishvili made her American debut in 2008 when she dazzled audiences at Carnegie Hall playing the Chopin Piano Concerto No 2. The following year she performed the Mendelssohn Double Concerto with Gidon Kremer at the Musikverein Vienna and then toured with him and the Kremerata Baltica to Milan, Rome, Pavia, and Istanbul. She was named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist in 2009-2011 and has regularly collaborated with BBC orchestras. She received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010 and has also signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony. Mesa Arts Center is so excited to have a wildly talented and beautiful international performer appear on a local stage.

Khatia is connecting communities to nationally renowned artists of Performing Live through master classes, lecture demonstrations, workshops, mini performances and other educational programs. These opportunities are made available to local communities and school students.

The Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the City of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona's largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons, and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts Education classes. The Mesa Arts Center mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant. Mesa Arts Center has received numerous awards and accolades including the "2010 Arts Organization of the Year," by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix; the "2011 Best Venue to See National Acts" Best of Phoenix New Times; "2012 Best Arts Center" Critic's Choice azcentral.com, and most recently "2012 Venue of Excellence" by the International Association of Venue Managers.

Photo Credit: Julia Wesely