Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

For all the virtuosic summits and grand melodic gestures, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is shockingly intimate, as if we are peering into the private diary of this vulnerable composer. The young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili holds nothing back as she returns to Seattle to share her courageous interpretations to the deeply emotional music of Rachmaninov. In Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov breathes sensuous new life into the storied pages of One Thousand and One Nights, proving just how vast the world of sound can be in the hands of such an inventive orchestrator.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 29 Nov (Thu) 2018 7:30PM
  • 1 Dec (Sat) 2018 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Ask the Artist

Ask the Artist to follow the Thursday night concert. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 39 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Gustavo Gimeno


Gustavo Gimeno is Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg  and incoming Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012, when at that time he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as an assistant to Mariss Jansons. Significant experience was also harnessed in assisting Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, with whom he forged an intense and influential mentorship.

Khatia Buniatishvili


Born in Georgia, Khatia Buniatishvili discovered piano at the early age of three. She gave her first concert with Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra when she was six and throughout her career she has performed at venues around the world.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





Sergey Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 2

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov



Khatia Buniatishvili’s performances are generously underwritten by Charles and Maria Schweizer.