Kremerata Baltica (Gidon Kremer)
Founded in 1997, in several years Kremerata Baltica developed into one of the best international chamber orchestras and assured its international reputation in major concert venues around the world.
Kremerata Baltica arose from Gidon Kremer’s determination to share his rich experience with young colleagues from the Baltic States. The ensemble’s preparation process, which holds no room for artistic compromise, is ruled by a commitment to excellence and creative daring. In addition to exploring works from the repertoire mainstream, Kremerata Baltica has also delivered world premieres of compositions by, among others, Lera Auerbach, Leonid Desyatnikov, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt, Georgs Pēlecis, Alexander Raskatov, Valentin Silvestrov, Victor Kissine, Sofia Gubaidulina and Pēteris Vasks.
Among the celebrated soloists with whom Kremerata Baltica has performed are soprano Jessye Norman, pianists Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Michail Pletnev, Oleg Maisenberg, Daniil Trifonov, violinists Thomas Zehetmair, Patricia Kopachinskaya, Vadim Repin, Didier Lockwood, cellists Mischa Maisky, Mario Brunello, Yo Yo Ma, Boris Pergamenschikov, Nico-las Altstaedt. Conductors have included Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, Heinz Holliger, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Each of these musicians has contributed to shaping the unique spirit of Kremerata Baltica.
The ensemble has broadened its work in recent years by including To Russia with Love, a concert staged at Berliner Philharmonie in 2013, to promote the cause of human rights in Russia. Its latest creative project, Pictures from the East, a collaborative venture with Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, highlights the desperate plight of refugees from conflict regions of the Middle East.
Since 2003 Kremerata Baltica holds its own festival in Latvia.
Among the world’s leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps pursued one of the most unconventional careers.