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In 1997, I saw Michael Jackson's HIStory tour live in Munich. It was unlike anything else I'd ever experienced – hypnotising 70,000 people like that requires a stage presence that very few artists possess, and he seemed so ahead of his time. His energy and the physical movements he made were always there to serve the music – the music was always the most important thing. The combination of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has a similar energy, like a puzzle with pieces that fit perfectly together.  That was something I felt more than ever when I was making the Prokofiev disc for Deutsche Grammophon with him and the orchestra last year. 

To read the full interview with Lisa Batiashvili in The Strad's February 2018 issue, download 'The Strad' App. 

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