Gidon Kremer, Artistic Director

In 1997, Austria’s legendary Lockenhaus chamber music festival was witness to a small revolution, when the violinist Gidon Kremer presented a brand new orchestra: Kremerata Baltica, comprising 23 young players from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, conquered the discerning audience, injecting new blood into the festival with their exuberance, energy and joy in playing. Kremerata Baltica, an educational project with a long-term vision, was Kremer’s 50th birthday present to himself: a way of passing on his wisdom to young colleagues from the Baltic states while making no compromises on artistic standards as he nurtured and inspired musical life in the region.

The talented group of musicians developed in few years into one of the best international chamber orchestras in the world and has cemented its international reputation in major concert venues around the world. Kremerata Baltica has played in the last 15 years in more than 50 countries, performing in 600 cities and given more than 1000 concerts in the whole world: Asia, Australia, the USA, Latin America, Russia and all over Europe. It has released more than 20 CD-s and has won a Grammy Award in 2002, the ECHO prize in 2002 and the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists in 2009.

The orchestra is supported by the governments of 3 baltic states, from where all orchestra musicians originate - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Among the celebrated soloists with whom Kremerata Baltica has played are soprano Jessye Norman, pianists Mikhail Pletnev, Yevgeny Kissin and Oleg Maisenberg, violinists Thomas Zehetmair and Vadim Repin and cellists Boris Pergamenshikov, Yo Yo Ma and Mischa Maisky; conductors have included Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, Heinz Holliger and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Each of these musicians has contributed to shaping the chamber orchestra.

Essential to Kremerata Baltica’s artistic personality is its creative approach to programming, which often looks beyond the mainstream and has given rise to numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Pärt, Kancheli, Vasks, Desyatnikov and Raskatov. The orchestra’s wide-ranging and carefully chosen repertoire is also showcased in its numerous and much-praised CD recordings, such as "Eight Seasons", pairing Vivaldi’s set of concertos with Piazzolla’s Argentinian sequence, and "Silencio", compositions by contemporary composers: Pärt, Glass and Martynov. "After Mozart", a 21st century take on the composer, won an internationally coveted Grammy Award, while "Mozart’s five violin concertos" was recorded live at the Salzburg Festival in 2006, on the composer's 200th anniversary. Another Mozart recording available is together with pianist Evgeny Kissin "Mozart concertos no.20 & 27". Latest CDs from the record label Nonesuch are "De profundis" and "Hymns and Prayers" with Gidon Kremer. The upcoming release is "The Art of Instrumentation: Homage to Glenn Gould" (recently released for Glenn Gould's 80th birthday) album comprising 11 pieces and arrangements by contemporary composers that quote from or are inspired by works, mostly by Bach, that Gould famously recorded during his career. The orchestra is prominently represented on a new ECM CD dedicated to Sofia Gubaidulina "The Canticle of the Sun" and Nonesuch's 7 CD project "Gidon Kremer - All Piazzolla recordings", released in October 2013. Kremerata Baltica has it’s own festival in Sigula, Latvia; next summer with be its 10th anniversary. This festival is one of the core values of Latvian classical music life today.

Kremerata Baltica legal adviser is LAWIN.

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String Quartet No. 15 in G, D. 887: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio. Allegretto courtesy of ECM Records (Universal).


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