- A Transcendence Anchored in Bach
The New York Times
Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, Daniel Hope, Gidon Kremer, Brooklyn Rider , Schola Cantorum de Venezuela , Ian Bostridge, Nicholas Phan, Morris Robinson
- 20 Concerts To Hear This Fall
- Istanbul Music Festival to present a top honor to violinist
Hürriyet Daily News
Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
- Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica take a spiritual plunge
Los Angeles Times
- Classical CDs Round-Up 13
The Arts Desk
Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
- Review: De Profundis –Gidon Kremer, violin and director/ Daniil Grishin, viola/ Ula Ulijona Zebriunaite, viola/ Andrei Pushkarev, vibraphone/ Reinut Tepp, cembalo/ Kremerata Baltica – Nonesuch
Marin Alsop, Ingo Metzmacher, Yefim Bronfman, Yuja Wang, Daniel Hope, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Currie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Silk Road Ensemble , Estonian National Symphony Orchestra , Katarina Karnéus, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
- CONGRATULATIONS OPUS 3 ARTISTS GRAMMY NOMINEES
- London Philharmonic Orchestra/Krivine
- Kremerata Baltica gives audience reason to smile
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- A standout performance
The Boston Globe
- BBCSO/Brabbins, Barbican, London
- Ambition pay for Gidon Kremer
The Los Angeles Times
Of all the world's leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps had the most unconventional career. Born in Riga, Latvia, he began studying the violin 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 the Paganini and Tchaikovsky International Competitions.
This success launched Gidon Kremer's distinguished career, in the course of which he has established a world-wide 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 America. Also he has collaborated with today's foremost conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado and Sir Neville Marriner among others.
This season in North America he appears with the Symphony Orchestras of Washington D.C. (National Symphony), Montreal, and Boston in addition to chamber music performances in Cleveland, Toronto, and New York’s Alice Tully Hall with partners Giedre Dirvanauskaite and Andrius Zlabys in a program that pays homage to the music of Bach and the 80th birthday of composer Sofia Gubaidulina.
Gidon Kremer's repertoire is unusually extensive, encompassing all of the standard classical and romantic violin works, as well as music by twentieth 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" (2001), in 2007 the Saeculum-Glashütte Original-Musikfestspielpreis Dresden, and in 2008 the Rolf-Schock Prize, Stockholm.
The EMI Classics CD “The Berlin Recital” with Martha Argerich featuring works by Schumann and Bartók has been recently released as well as an album of live recording with Kremerata Baltica at the Salzburg Festival in 2006 on the Nonesuch label with all violin concertos of Mozart, and his latest CD “De Profundis” released in September 2010. The ECM label has re-released his last recording of all J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas in addition to a new disc of Piano trio music of Tchaikovsky and Victor Kissine with Khatia Buniatishvili and Giedre Dirvanauskaite.
In February 2002 he and the Kremerata Baltica were awarded with the Grammy® for the Nonesuch recording "After Mozart" in the category "Best small Ensemble Performance". The same recording received Germany's ECHO prize in 2002.
In 1981 Mr. Kremer founded Lockenhaus, an intimate chamber music festival that continues to take place every summer in Austria. In 1997, he founded the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra to foster outstanding young musicians from the three Baltic States. Since then, Mr. Kremer has been touring extensively with the orchestra, appearing at the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls. He has also recorded close to 20 a number of CDs with the orchestra for Teldec, ECM, Nonesuch and Deutsche Grammophon and a CD set of live recordings commemorating the 30th and final year of the festival (2011) has just been released on the ECM label. From 2002-2006, Gidon Kremer was the artistic leader of a new festival in Basel, Switzerland, "les muséiques".
Gidon Kremer is in addition a gifted writer. He is the author of four books in German that reflect his artistic philosophy: Oase Lockenhaus: 15 Jahre Kammermusikfest Kremerata Musica 1981-1996, (Residenz Verlag GmbH, 1996), Kindheitssplitter (Piper Verlag GmbH, 1997), Obertöne (Residenz Verlag, 1997) and Zwischen Welten: Mit 25 Abbildungen (Piper Verlag GmbH, 2004). Kindheitssplitter has been translated in Russian, Latvian, French and Japanese.
Gidon Kremer plays a "Nicola Amati", dated from 1641.