Lisa Batiashvili and Alan Gilbert in conversation with Sarah Willis (14 min.)
The violinist Lisa Batiashvili and the conductor Alan Gilbert perform together on a regular basis. In January 2019, they appeared together with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time. The subject under discussion in this particular interval feature with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis was not the concert programme, which included works by Prokofiev and Richard Strauss, but the specific relationship between soloists and conductors. Batiashvili and Gilbert recall the first time they worked together almost 15 years earlier and explain their regard for each other’s understanding of music. We learn that listening to one another can be more important than constant eye contact, and that the best musical moments in concert can be unplanned.