Lisa (Elizabeth) Batiashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1979. Her father was a violinist and her mother a pianist. Before age three, Batiashvili was playing a miniature violin. She also studied piano in her childhood. From age eight, she studied music at a Tbilisi music school for gifted children. Amid the dissolution of the Soviet Union, her family immigrated to Munich, Germany, when she was 11. Batiashvili studied music at the Hamburg Musikhochschule with Mark Lubotsky and at the Munich Musikhochschule with Ana Chumachenco. At 16, Batiashvili captured second prize at the Helsinki-based Sibelius Competition. From 1999 to 2001, she was a BBC New Generation Artist, debuting at the 2000 BBC Proms. In 2001, Batiashvili appeared in the recorded premiere of the Olli Mustonen Concerto for three violins, with fellow violinists Jaakko Kuusisto and Pekka Kuusisto, on the Ondine label. Over the next few years, her career blossomed with major concert dates across Europe and the U.S. In August 2006, she premiered the Lindberg Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Louis Langrée conducting.