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Khatia Buniatishvili - Kaleidoscope wins ECHO Klassik Award / AGENDA.GE

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Acclaimed Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili has added another prize to her growing list of accolades after collecting the prestigious ECHO Klassik 2016 Award from Germany's Music Industry Association this week. Promoted by its founders as "one the most important and renowned music awards worldwide", the German prize has been granted to reveal "the most successful and outstanding achievements of German and international musicians" since 1992.

On Wednesday, winners of this year's competition were announced in 22 categories including female and male singers of the year as well as ensembles and orchestras that impressed music experts the most. Buniatishvili was selected for the prize-winning list for her album Kaleidoscope, with the young Georgian artist receiving the Solo Recording of the Year Award AND released Kaleidoscope on the Sony Classical label. 

The ECHO Klassik awards are granted by a jury of 11 music experts basing their assessment on "artistic criteria, while also taking account of popular acclaim and the response of music purchasers". The awards ceremony for the ECHO Klassik 2016 contest will be held at the Konzerthaus Berlin venue in Germany's capital on October 9, where the award-winners will perform in a grand gala concert. The announcement marked the second time Buniatishvili was awarded the ECHO prize, coming after the 2012 Newcomer Award she won along with four other musicians from Europe. Watch the attached video.