Khatia cancels Hollywood Bowl for Eiffel Tower

Khatia cancels Hollywood Bowl for Eiffel Tower


norman lebrecht

July 12, 2018

Message from the LA Phil:

Khatia Buniatishvili has withdrawn from the previously announced Dudamel Conducts Rachmaninoff at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, July 12, at 8pm due to illness. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov will perform in her place.

Message from Paris Match, circulated by Khatia:

: Khatia Buniatishvili – la vedette du concert du 14 juillet à la Tour Eiffel! : Khatia Buniatishvili – the star of the concert at the Eiffel Tower on the 14th of July!

On July 14, France will mark its independence with what it hopes will be a World Cup win. Where would any pianist rather be?


  • Basia Jaworski says:

    Just in case you are interested in my two years old interview with Khatia… In Dutch  :-)

    • barry guerrero says:

      Your child interviewed K. Buniatishvili?

    • Camellia Hill says:

      Great interview! I fell in love with classical music because of Khatia. I don’t understand the hate she gets on Slipped Disc. What’s not to admire, she’s gifted, intelligent, a polyglot, and gorgeous.

  • Brian says:

    You’d think venues would exercise more care when using the old “illness” excuse. It only works if the artist can play along.

    • Meal says:

      That she is expected to play at 14th July in Paris does not necessarily mean that she is not or has not been ill. Just one possible example (just my own phantasy): If she has or had an ear infection she might not have been able to travel by aircraft. However, she might still be able to play the piano. Since she is living in Paris she can play in Paris but could not in L.A. As far as I know Ms Buntiashvilli is not known for last minute cancellations.

  • La Verita says:

    How fortunate for Los Angeles — Buniatishvili can’t hold a candle to Abduraimov.

  • Mathieu says:

    Ahem… Independence? Really? Like in the US? Independence? Is that what July 14 is for? Never heard of the Bastille or the Fete de la fédération, huh?

    (Sorry for the snark; I just couldn’t resist)

  • Alex Davies says:

    The World Cup final isn’t until Sunday.

  • Sam says:

    Disappointed. Been listening to and loving Khatia for several years now. Spent more time and $ than I would have to be here at the Hollywood bowl (right now) had I known. If she is truly ill, I wish her the best.