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Lisa Batiashvili on Violins, Ukraine and Valery Gergiev / New York Times

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Lisa Batiashvili, the 35-year-old Georgian violinist who is this season's artist in residence with the New York Philharmonic and will perform Barber's Violin Concerto with that orchestra this week, is an eloquent musician. In concert and on award-winning recordings, she has captivated critics and audiences with her natural elegance, silky sound and the meticulous grace of her articulation. There is a laserlike directness to her playing that enables her to transmit concentrated emotions without a trace of affectation or theatrics: the musical equivalent to laparoscopic surgery.

In conversation, Ms. Batiashvili exhibits many of the same qualities. Soft-spoken but determined, she speaks as openly about the political responsibilities of an artist as she does about her personal relationship to Bach's music - the subject of her latest recording and of coming performances with the Philharmonic - and the unhealthy obsession of the violin world with the instruments of Antonio Stradivari.  READ THE FULL New York Times ARTICLE