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Kremerata Baltica

Kremerata Baltica

Kremerata Baltica, founded in 1997 by the famous violinist Gidon Kremer, is regarded as one of the finest international ensembles, comprising enthusiastic young musicians from the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia). One crucial feature of the Kremerata’s artistic profile is its creative approach to concert programming, which includes first performances of compositions by Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Pēteris Vasks, Leonid Desyatnikov and Alexander Raskatov. The ensemble has already performed in more than fifty countries around the world (over 1000 concerts in 600 cities). Its rich and carefully chosen repertoire has been documented in acclaimed recordings, including Tango Ballet with compositions by Astor Piazzolla, the Octet, Op. 7 and Quintet, Op. 29 by George Enescu, the complete violin concertos of Mozart, with Gidon Kremer as soloist, and also the first recordings of compositions by Kancheli, Kissine and Pärt. The album After Mozart won Grammy and ECHO Klassik awards (2002). In 2015, a disc of music by Mieczysław Weinberg was nominated for a Grammy, and a year later a recording of Shostakovich piano concertos (with Anna Vinnitskaja) received an ECHO Klassik 2016 distinction in the category of recordings of works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In 2016/2017, to celebrate the orchestra’s twentieth anniversary and his seventieth birthday, Kremer led Kremerata Baltica on memorable tours of the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia. Through his work with Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer shares his rich experience with a young generation of musicians, thereby stimulating and promoting cultural life in the Baltic States. The ensemble performed at the festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ in 2017.

 

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