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One of the inspirational factors of my life is sport, it helps me mentally mostly, said pianist Khatia Buniatishvili

Khatia Buniatishvili – the icon of a new generation of pianists, a force of nature who captivates the public with her virtuosity and temperament. Khatia is a laureate of the “Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award” and “Echo Klassik Award” as well as “The Best Musician of 2016 in Europe”, according to the French TV channel TF1. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Khatia Buniatishvili began her musical career at the age of three, and is currently an international figure with a spectacular stage presence for which she has been dubbed the “Beyoncé of the piano”. She mainly follows the pianists of an older generation, such as Serguei Rakhmaninov, Sviatoslav Richter, Glenn Gould and Martha Argerich, her favourite pianist. A day before her concert in Andorra, she told what inspires her both in life and in music.

“I was born when the political situation in my country was very tough. Thanks to my parents I started learning languages when I was a child (Khatia is fluent in five languages). I can’t even imagine how, in the conditions of total chaos and poverty in the 1990s, they could not only feed us but also manage to give us a good education. It’s a mystery. But I have so much admiration for them.

Learning foreign languages gave me the freedom and independence to do what I wanted. This is a huge asset which allows me to read my favourite writers, – among them Thomas Mann, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov – in the original. In their books, I always find something new and important to me. And I always try to find a minimum of half of an hour every day to read books, usually before I go to sleep.

One of the inspirational factors of my life is sport. When I am in Paris I run 3 times a week or even every day, but it does not happen so often. It is very important, sport helps me mentally mostly. It’s not only about looking good. The main thing is mental strength. I started to run and I wanted to run because it’s difficult – I have to do something that sometimes I don’t want to do. The purpose is to create contradictions to my desires. It’s a huge mental work out. Read full interview:

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