About Kremerata Baltica

In 1997 Austria’s legendary Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival was witness to a small revolution when, beside many other distinguished musicians, the violinist Gidon Kremer, who at that time had been in charge of this festival as an artistic director for 30 years (1981-2011) presented a brand new orchestra: Kremerata Baltica, comprising outstanding young players from the Baltic states — Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia – selected by Gidon Kremer through a rigorous auditioning process. From their very first concert, Kremerata Baltica conquered the discerning audiences with their exuberance, energy and joy in playing.

The talented group of musicians soon developed into one of the best international chamber orchestras in the world, and since then it has cemented its international reputation in major concert venues around the world. During the last 18 years Kremerata Baltica has played in more than 50 countries, performing in 600 cities and giving more than 1500 concerts around the world: Asia, Australia, North and Latin Americas, as well as all over the Europe. The orchestra has played numerous times as well in UK, including repeated performances at the BBC Proms. Every year Kremerata Baltica holds its own Festival in Sigulda and Cesis, Latvia since 2003.

The orchestra received the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists in 2009 and has released more than 25 CDs. “After Mozart” (Nonesuch, 2001), a 21st century take on the composer, won an internationally coveted Grammy Award and German ECHO prize in 2002. “Mieczysław Weinberg” (2014, ECM) recorded with Gidon Kremer and soloists at Neuhardenberg and Lockenhaus in 2012 and 2013, makes a strong case for Shostakovich’s assertion that M. Weinberg was one of the great composers of his era. The recording was highly appreciated by music professionals and was nominated for a Grammy award in “Best Classical Compendium” category. In 2015 a recording „New Seasons“ was released with Deutsche Grammophon, including P. Glass Violin Concerto No.2 „The American Four Seasons“, as well works by A. Pärt, G. Kancheli and S. Umebayashi.

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, Nicolas 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.