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Gidon Kremer starts his 2015/2016 season already at the end of August, 2015 with the fabulous SNOW SYMPHONY – a result of cooperation of the two masters, in which Gidon Kremer and Slava Polunin, together with their respective artists – clowns and Kremerata Baltica musicians – unite the spirit of their distinctive art forms by having the orchestra simultaneously interact in the abstract world of Slava’s SNOWSHOW. Performances to be held in Monthey, Switzerland and Heerlen, Netherlands in August, 2015 and Munich Prinzregententheater, Germany in January, 2016. In September G. Kremer will perform P. Glass Concerto No. 1 with Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Neustadt and Ludwigshafen. 

Highlight of the 15/16 season – tour in Asia with Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra. In South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Japan several programs will be performed – some based on the newly released recording “New Seasons” (Deutsche Grammophon, 2015), also the project “Masks and Faces” with Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica and painter Maxim Kantor, first performed in April, 2015. In addition - four performances of Gidon Kremer with chamber group from Kremerata Baltica and other soloists. 

At the end of October – Gidon Kremer, Andrey Boreyko and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with the sounds by B.Bartok, S.Prokofiev and P.Tchaikovsky in San Francisco. 

In February, 2016 Gidon Kremer will perform a recital program with pianist Daniil Trifonov in Cologne, Germany and London, United Kingdom followed by a short tour with another talented Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva and Kremerata Baltica in Austria and Italy. On a European tour with Russian National Orchestra, conductor A. Sladkovsky and pianist M. Pletnev Gidon Kremer will perform R. Schumann’s Violin Concerto op.129 and Sonata op.54. End of the season will be marked with Sendai International Music Competition 2016, Japan where G. Kremer will act as a juror. The competition will be followed by performances in Hyogo and Tokyo with pianist Martha Argerich. 

Of all the world’s leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps had the most unconventional career. Born in Riga, Latvia, he began studying at the age of four with his father and grandfather, who were both distinguished string players. At the age of seven, he entered Riga Music School. At sixteen he was awarded the first Prize of the Latvian Republic and two years later he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. He went on to win prestigious awards including the 1967 Queen Elizabeth Competition and the first prize in both Paganini and Tchaikovsky International Competitions.

This success launched Gidon Kremer’s distinguished career, in the course of which he has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. He has appeared on virtually every major concert stage with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and North America. Also, he has collaborated with today’s foremost conductors.

Gidon Kremer’s repertoire is unusually extensive, encompassing all standard classical and romantic violin works, as well as music by twentieth- and twenty-first century masters such as Henze, Berg and Stockhausen. He also championed the works of living Russian and Eastern European composers and has performed many important new compositions; several of them dedicated to him. He has become associated with such diverse composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Aribert Reimann, Peteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov, and Astor Piazzolla, bringing their music to audiences in a way that respects tradition yet remains contemporary. It would be fair to say that no other soloist of his international stature has done as much for contemporary composers in the past 30 years.

An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Gidon Kremer has made more than 120 albums, many of which brought him prestigious international awards and prizes in recognition of his exceptional interpretative powers. These include the „Grand prix du Disque“, „Deutscher Schallplattenpreis“, the „Ernst-von-Siemens Musikpreis“, the „Bundesverdienstkreuz“, the „Premio dell‘ Accademia Musicale Chigiana“, the „Triumph Prize 2000” (Moscow), the „Unesco Prize” in 2001, the Saeculum-Glashütte Original-Musikfestspielpreis Dresden in 2007 and the Rolf-Schock Prize in 2008, Stockholm, "life achievement" prize of the Istanbul Music festival in 2010, and "Una Vita Nella Musica - Artur Rubinstein" Prize (Venice) in 2011 which is considered to be the "Nobel Prize" of music, among many others.

In 1997, he founded Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra to foster outstanding young musicians from the three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Since then, Maestro Kremer has been touring extensively with the orchestra appearing at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. He has also recorded almost 25 CD’s with the orchestra for Teldec, Nonesuch, DGG, and ECM. 

In February 2002 he and Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra were awarded with the Grammy for the Nonesuch recording “After Mozart” in the category “Best Small Ensemble Performance”. The same recording received an ECHO prize in Germany in the fall of 2002. Another recording -“Mieczyslaw Weinberg” (2014, ECM) – was nominated for a Grammy in 2015. It was recorded with Kremerata Baltica and soloists at Neuhardenberg and Lockenhaus in 2012 and 2013, and makes a strong case for Shostakovich’s assertion that Weinberg was one of the great composers of his era. 

The latest recording “New Seasons” (2015, Deutsche Grammophon) performed with Kremerata Baltica includes P. Glass’ Violin concerto No. 2 “The American Four Seasons” and works by A. Pärt, G. Kancheli, and S. Umebayashi. In a couple of months the CD has received many appreciations from classical music lovers and professionals. 


Gidon Kremer plays a Nicola Amati, dated from 1641. He is also an author of four books (latest one ”Letters to a young pianist,” 2013) translated into many languages, which reflect his artistic pursuits.

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