Khatia sells out London’s Barbican

Khatia sells out London’s Barbican


norman lebrecht

April 22, 2022

These are good times for the more extravert type of pianist.

Last night, Yuja Wang packed London’s Royal Festival Hall.

On May 14, Khatia Buniatishvili will play the Barbican. Not a seat to be had.




  • Peter X says:

    Sorry: breast enlargements are ridiculous .

  • Bloom says:

    Bless her.

  • Player says:

    Can you please provide details of her clothing so that we can judge whether or not to be envious of those with tickets?

  • Mouse says:

    The file name of this woman pianist’s picture on this site is “khatia-feet.jpg”… creepy.

  • guest says:

    The extroverts have long figured out the multitudes don’t know one composer from another, never mind one work from another, or one interpretation from another. The multitudes know, and care, only about the lowest common denominator, which is always visual. Accordingly they are fed with butts and boob jobs, always a hit with pseudo-intellectuals, who want it both ways, to see what appeals to them, and to brag “I patronize high art”. Hard times for men, but bare-chested plus ballet tights with stuffed dancer belts ought to do the trick for them.

  • Stop the Insanity says:

    These are good times for “Look at me” pianists, so all you “Listen to me” pianists can go get yourselves a day job. Khatia I can understand – she needs to distract listeners from her awful playing. But Yuja seems to resent that her fabulous pianism obscures HER. I would listen to her if she wore burlap overalls.

  • Meal says:

    Whatever you think about her musical skills, this is good news! Whenever I atteneded a concert in recent time more seats were free than before the COVID crisis. Even I attend less concerts than I have done before (mainly because the programm tends to be less interesting). Older people tend still to stay away, younger may have found other ways to spend their time and money. By the way, also pop concerts sell much less seats than before. A full house makes me happy that we are going back to normal and that musical arts will survive.

  • Piano Lover says:

    Many criticize Yuha Wang for her outfits….what about this one?
    I don’t even like her playing.

  • Jobim75 says:

    They had Kempff, Arrau, Backhaus. We have Lang Lang, Khatia Yuja and Valentina. Lucky us.

  • Tony Sanderson says:

    Looking forward to the Ligeti.

  • Achim Mentzel says:

    If only her playing would be that interesting as her other two arguments…

  • kicky says:

    beautiful eyes….

  • Fenway says:

    Great picture. No need for a piano. The talent is obvious.

  • Schnitzel von Krum says:

    You really shouldn’t be mentioning those two names in the same article, as if they were both musicians.
    Anyone with ears to hear will know which is which.

    • Oso says:

      If it sounds good, it is good. The objective is being met- sales. Sold out halls and online sales. There is a point of satisfaction from ecstatic performances that has broad appeal. Carbon copy performances have stymied appeal to current generations.

  • Springbeg says:

    I can’t help but feel that, regardless of any technical skill may possess, her ‘presentation’ cheapens the performance of the music.
    The fault and the loss may be mine but there it is.

  • Pierre-André Kranz says:

    Gautier Capuçon sold out his solo recital in Geneva next April 25th, in Musika’s season

  • Anthony Sayer says:


  • Vaes Luk says:

    No comment on the provocative nature of Ms. Buniatishvili’s clothing?

  • M2N2K says:

    There is no comparison between jaw-dropping pianistic brilliance and greatly improved interpretative mastery of YW with extremely self-indulgent and grossly mannered playing of KB.

  • Parsifan says:

    Tacky, greasy and ridiculous.

  • Fernandel says:

    Nowadays, Clara Haskil wouldn’t have a ghost of a chance.

    • Robert Hairgrove says:

      If you are referring to Clara Haskil’s looks, she was really beautiful when she was the same age as the young lady pictured above. Sadly, most people remember her only from her post-WWII-era pictures when her body was ravaged by scoliosis.

    • Monty Earleman says:

      Why do you say that? Mitsuko Uchida is doing just fine, thankyouverymuch!

  • Ed says:

    What is an “extravert”? Someone who has more verts than the average person? I always thought it was “extrovert”.

  • Dan oren says:

    She will share the stage with her long time alter ego Katia Ismaibrajoli

  • Oso says:

    Ecstatic performances are breathing new life into classics plus being smoking hot doesn’t hurt.