Gidon Kremer

Violin

"My work, my projects, my ideas—they swallow all the energy that I have left… I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but that’s my calling: to do something, to create something, that is greater than myself. That’s my life."
Gidon Kremer, Die Zeit, December 2016
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Biography

Driven by his strikingly uncompromising artistic philosophy, Gidon Kremer has established a worldwide reputation as one of his generation’s most original and compelling artists.
His repertoire encompasses standard classical scores and music by leading twentieth and twenty-first century composers. He has championed the works of Russian and Eastern European composers and performed many important new compositions, several of which have been dedicated to him. His name is closely associated with such composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Edison Denisov, Aribert Reimann, Pēteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov and Astor Piazzolla, whose works he performs in ways that respect tradition while being fully alive to their freshness and originality. It is fair to say that no other soloist of comparable international stature has done more to promote the cause of contemporary composers and new music for violin.

Gidon Kremer has recorded over 120 albums, many of which have received prestigious international awards in recognition of their exceptional interpretative insights. His long list of honours and awards include the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Moscow’s Triumph Prize, the Unesco Prize and the Una Vita Nella Musica – Artur Rubinstein Prize. In 2016 Gidon Kremer has received a Praemium Imperiale prize that is widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of music.

In 1997 Gidon Kremer founded the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica to foster outstanding young musicians from the Baltic States. The ensemble tours extensively and has recorded almost 30 albums for the Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, ECM labels. In 2016/17 Kremerata Baltica was on landmark tours through Middle East, North America, Europe, and Asia to celebrate the orchestra’s 20th anniversary.

The 2018/19 season leads Gidon Kremer to many new projects and concerts with his chamber orchestra and also many solo recitals focusing on the music of Mieczysław Weinberg. He will also be “artist in residence” with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

2018 / 2019
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2019 / 2020
A tribute to Mieczysław Weinberg

In autumn 2019, Kremer dedicates his chamber music-making to the composer Weinberg, rediscovered in recent years, with works including his own violin arrangement of the 24 Preludes, Op. 100.

Piano Trio

Chopin: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 8
Weinberg: Piano Trio, Op. 24

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Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 100 D 929

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Schedule

31.03.2019
19:00 Uhr
Birmingham, GB / Symphony Hall Birmingham
Gidon Kremer, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
18.04.2019
19:00 Uhr
Krems, AT / Klangraum Krems
Gidon Kremer, Oleg Maisenberg, Džeraldas Bidva, Kristina Anusevičiūtė, Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė
22.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
Hannover, DE / Herrenhäuser Gärten / Galerie
Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Georgijs Osokins
23.05.2019
19:00 Uhr
Danzig, PL / Baltic Philharmonic
Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Georgijs Osokins

Discography

Weinberg
Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Chamber Symphony No. 3, Op. 151
Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 147
Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 145
Piano Quintet, Op. 18
Chamber Symphony No. 4, Op. 153

Kremerata Baltica

Complete Concerto Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Violin Concertos by
Bach · Bartók · Berg · Beethoven
Bernstein · Brahms · Czishyk · Glass
Gubaidulina · Kancheli · Liszt
Lourie · Mendelssohn · Milhaud
Mozart · Paganini · Schubert
Schnittke · Shostakovich
Tchaikovsky · Vivaldi

New Seasons
Philip Glass
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons

Arvo Pärt
Estonian Lullaby

Gija Kancheli
Ex Contrario

Shigeru Umebayashi
Yumeji's Theme from "In the Mood for Love"

Kremerata Baltica

DGG, 2015

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