NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - State Theatre New Jersey presents London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Mark Wigglesworth with piano soloist Khatia Buniatishvili on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.

The program will include Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture; Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major with piano soloist Khatia Buniatishvili and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 4.

Tickets range from $17.50 to $70.

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For more than seven decades the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. Its home base since 2004 at London’s Cadogan Hall serves as a springboard for seven principal residencies as well as more than 45 concerts per year in long-term partnership venues across the country, often in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited.

In London, the orchestra's regular performances at Cadogan Hall are complemented by a distinguished series at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and a hugely popular series at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Alongside its concert series, the orchestra embraces 21st century opportunities, including appearances with pop stars and on video games, film and television soundtracks, while its artistic priority remains paramount: the making of great music at the highest level for the widest possible audience. This would have been lauded by its founder and first conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, who set up the RPO in 1946, leading a vital revival in the UK’s orchestral life after World War II.

Internationally renowned and Olivier Award-winning conductor Mark Wigglesworth is one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, as much at home in the opera house as the concert hall. He has written articles for The Guardian and The Independent, made a six-part TV series for the BBC entitled Everything to Play For, and held positions as Associate Conductor of the BBC Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony, Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and most recently Music Director of English National Opera. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Born in the country of 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 was subsequently invited to tour internationally with them. Throughout her career, she has performed at venues around the world. She is a two-time ECHO Klassik Award-winner, one in 2012 for a Franz Liszt work and one in 2016 for her piano solo in Coldplay’s “Kaleidoscope.”

Buniatishvili has been involved with numerous social rights projects, such as the DLDwomen13 Conference (2013) in Munich, “To Russia with Love” (2013) a concert in Berlin to speak out against the violation of human rights in Russia, “Charity Concert in Kiev” (2015) for wounded persons in the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone, and the United Nation’s 70th Anniversary Humanitarian Concert (2015) in Geneva which benefited Syrian refugees. In July 2017, she performed at the Global Citizen Festival at the start of the G20 Summit in Hamburg.