Georgian wins meat-free piano competition

Georgian wins meat-free piano competition


norman lebrecht

November 09, 2014

The winner of the International Franz Liszt Competition at Utrecht, Netherlands, is Maria Batashvili, 21, a student at Weimar.

The contest was disrupted by menu changes demanded at the canteen by the visiting British pop star, Morrissey.

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  • Peter Freeman says:

    Vegans of the world unite! Plant power is the best way for our planet and our health.

  • Neil McGowan says:

    A well-deserved award, for an excellent pianist!

  • Brian says:

    Hi Norman, it seems the correct spelling is Mariam Batsashvili. Anyway, congratulations to Mariam, and perhaps she’ll enjoy a celebratory steak!

  • Jan de Jong says:

    Mariam Batsashvili.
    Wonderfull performance, another great winner in Utrecht!.

    And this morning, 12 hours later, as part of the 1st prize, debut concert at the Concertgebouw with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra that accompanied her in her winning performance:

  • Bang Bang says:

    Great Stuff ! Now what? More Liszt recordings ( there are more than 130 of the B minor sonata) ? Booked at major concert halls in Europe?

  • French Hormone says:

    At least she is showing decidedly less flesh than another female pianist whose name ends with –shvili….

  • Mikey says:

    It’s curious that comments regarding the very heart of this post (the “meatless” drama) appear to have been deleted.

    If the comments regarding that aspect of the article are gone for some reason, shouldn’t maybe the entire post have at least its subject changed to reflect this? I mean, if you don’t want people reacting to the silliness that is Morrissey, then why even mention it and insert a link to more information on it?

    rather than simply deleting this post, it would be more instructive to read N.L.’s rationale.

  • Jan de Jong says:

    The real and joyful news is that Mariam Batsashvili won this wonderful competition,
    It looks like that a competition without a scandal, is not interesting anymore.
    Must I conclude that Slipped Disc is not interested in the musical character of this event but only wants to underline a “fait divers”?

    That is not the reason I am following Slipped Disc. I regret.