A Patron Party in Georgia

Maestro Mehta and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili lead the AFIPO tour

This month Maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are on the road to the Republic of Georgia with a contingent of IPO Patrons and a tour guide who has Georgian geography – and the featured Schumann concerto – at her fingertips.

Internationally acclaimed pianist and Georgia native Khatia Buniatishvili will be part of this special IPO Patrons Trip, September 13 to 17, and the featured soloist at the September 14 concert in Tsinandali.

This is a wonderful opportunity to take part in the IPO’s ongoing cultural ambassadorship on behalf of Israel, and spend time with Maestro Mehta and one of the most fascinating concert pianists performing today.

The tour itinerary includes Tbilisi, Tsinandali and Sighnagi, excursions to the mountain regions of Khaketi, Kvareli and Ushba, with their archeological sites and breathtaking vistas, and much more.


Back to Georgia

For Buniatishvili, who is curating this trip, the visit to Tbilisi is a return to her musical roots. Born in Batumi, a coastal city on the border with Turkey, she began taking lessons from her mother at 3. She gave thanks to her first teacher, and by extension her homeland, in her 2014 release, Motherland. It was at the age of 6, about 100 miles inland in Tbilisi, that she gave her first concert, with the city’s Chamber Orchestra.

Buniatishvili, a seasoned traveler from the time she was 10, has created a rare insider’s tour for Patron party members. It was at that age that she began performing across Europe, the Ukraine, Armenia, Israel and the United States, returning to Georgia to attend Tbilisi Central Music School and, in 2004, Tbilisi State Conservatory.

For the IPO, it is also a return to one of its roots. It was in Tbilisi that, more than 80 years ago, Bronislaw Huberman convinced Mordechai Pinski, a bassist and Professor at the Conservatory of Music, to be part of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which became the Israel Philharmonic.


And the main course – music!

Of course, the highlight of any IPO tour is the music, and for the IPO’s first-ever visit to the Republic of Georgia the September 14 program and the concert venue will be unforgettable. The performance will be held in a “house museum” that belonged to the 19th Century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze, on an historic estate and winery in Kakheti.

The program is George Enescu’s “Voix de la nature,” Robert Schumann’s “Piano Concerto in A Minor” (op. 54), and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5 in E minor” (Op. 64). A post-performance gala dinner with Maestro Mehta and Buniatishvili is another feature included in the tour.


For more information, please contact (212) 697-2949 or events@afipo.org.

*Those who are unable to accompany Mehta and Buniatishvili, but are in Los Angeles in mid-December, can see them together again when they lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in four Disney Hall Concerts.*


Here they are together in 2016, when Buniatishvili performed as part of Mehta’s 80th Birthday celebration.