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Menuhin Festival in Switzerland

In Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, that is held in the magnificent alpine area since 1957, Kremerata Baltica and soloists will present a program “Animal Harmonics” 
- a concert for children from 5 years old.

The idea of “Animal Harmonics” was born in 2010 of Gidon Kremer’s wish to bring classical music closer to children. The music resounds in child’s understanding and his own world of discoveries – all of this is done in narrative and playful way.

The musicians of this project are chosen from Kremerata Baltica ensemble to take care of the musical realization. The classical music is involved here in fairytales, in many animals with their characteristic tone sounds that are represented by excerpts from works of various composers – this is the musical core of the project’s concept. Animal figures, well known in the literature (The Nightingale, Babar the Elephant and Ferdinand the Bull) are portrayed musically.

Performers: Gidon Kremer (violin), 
Maria Fedotova (flute), 
Michael Dangl (actor, narrator), Ula Ulijona Zebriunaite (viola), Kremerata Baltica members:
 Dainius Peseckas (violin), Madara Petersone (violin), 
Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), 
Jurgis Buinevicius (double bass), 
Andrei Pushkarev (percussion).

More information here.

65th Menton Festival de Musique

On August 1st Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer is giving a concert at 65th Menton Festival de Musique. The program includes works by A. Vivaldi, A. Piazzolla, and P. Glass with three distinctive musical interpretations of seasons of the year.

Menton Music Festival is the oldest classical music festival in France, which is gathering renowned orchestras and musicians since 1950. Just a year before the first festival, the idea was born in the mind of André Böröcz. While visiting Menton he was inspired by the harmony feeling while looking at Saint Michel square with its beautiful Baroque Church, the horizon at the Mediterranean sea and hearing the second partita for violin by Bach being played on a radio. This moment of a perfect arrangement had to be relived.

More about the concert here.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany

At Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival a whole week is devoted to its extraordinary guests – Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica.

All About Gidon – name of a scenic concert by and with Gidon Kremer – a title that as well reflects the entire project week featuring the world-known violinist at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Here audiences can experience the multi-talented Latvian artist in unprecedented variety of settings and roles: as violinist, ensemble conductor, speaker, and performer in children’s concert and in a joint project with ballet.

Since its inaugural concert in 1990, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival has evolved into Germany’s third largest classical music festival. From June to September each year, around 120 concerts at more than 80 venues and the “Small Festival in the Big Park” all across the state attract large audiences to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

At the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival the concerts do no take place in ordinary concert halls but in rather unconventional venues: in stables and studs, industrial halls and on ships or open air – in the most beautiful palace gardens.

Official website of the festival here.

Follow our Events Calendar to learn more about each concert of Kremerata Baltica!

Music Without Boundaries

In a Baroque style monastery church Basilica St. Mauritius of a small Bavarian city Niederalteich, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica is giving a concert as a part of 62nd European Passau Festival.

The European weeks in Passau were the first festival in post-war Germany to present the idea of ​​a festival in a region – a festival that takes place not only in a single hall, but instead integrates event venues within an entire region.

Initially formulated as an objective “to show the cultural heritage of Western Europe and to emphasize the need for political merger to preserve and pass on the values ​​of this cultural heritage.” After a short time the Festival became more and more focused on the thought of limitless European culture in all its beauty and its many faces of the citizens of Passau, the wide surrounding area and also many foreign guests gathering to overcome political barriers and cultural encounters between people from the East and the West.

Today the European Passau Festival holds more than 60 events in 20 venues in Eastern Bavaria, Upper Austria and Bohemia.

More details about Kremerata Baltica performance here.

After XI Kremerata Baltica Festival

We would like to thank our great audience for joining us in Riga and Jurmala – XI Kremerata Baltica festival “Riga’s Stars.” Here are some moments from July 3rd concert “ZANIS AND JOHANNA. LOVE.”

There is also a possibility to see and hear the concert on-line here.

Another great on-line experience – video recording of the grand concert “BORN IN RIGA”

Rencontres Musicales d’Évian Festival in France

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica are performing at Rencontres Musicales d’Évian Festival in the legendary Grange au Lac hall.
On the shores of Lake Geneva, at the heart of the Evian resort and spa town, the Rencontres Musicales d’Évian welcome musicians and music lovers for a whole festive week.

 Established in 1976, the festival was developed by famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, the Rencontres Musicales d’Évian is reborn in 2014 after a 13-year hiatus.More details about the event here.Rencontres Musicales Festival website.

XI Kremerata Baltica festival RIGA’S STARS

On 2nd – 5th of July the XI Kremerata Baltica festival Riga’s Stars is inviting all classical music lovers to Riga and Sigulda from all over Latvia and other countries! Several concerts from the cycle „Born in Riga” will take place during the festival, as this year Riga is the European Capital of Culture.

Festival program:

July 2nd at Splendid Palace cinema in Riga: official presentation of the book „A Letter to a Young Pianist” by Gidon Kremer. Later that night – the premier of the film „Gidon’s Riga” dedicated to Gidon Kremer.

July 3rd at the Great Guild concert hall in Riga: in cooperation with “Riga 2014″ and the team of “Lipke memorial”, Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer offer a concert „Zanis and Johanna. Love.” For the first time in Latvia together with scenographer Reinis Suhanovs Kremerata Baltica will perform the piece „Midnight in Riga” by Arturs Maskats, which is specially dedicated to Zanis Lipke and Johanna Lipke with soloists Gidon Kremer (violin), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), and Andrei Pushkarev (vibraphone). Also in the program: Second violin concerto „The American Four Seasons” (2009) by Philip Glass, and Chamber Symphony No.2 Op.147 (1987) by Mieczyslav Weinberg.

July 4th, Sigulda concert hall Baltais Flīģelis: in the concert „Masters and Master Works” Kremerata Baltica will perform together with Lauma Skride (piano).

July 5th, Sigulda concert hall Baltais Flīģelis: closing concert of the festival „Time for Schubert: Love and Loneliness” will take place. Performance together with Riga’s Stars Baiba Skride (violin), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), and a nine-year-old Daniil Bulajev (violin).

 

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica in Lyon, France

An exceptional performance of Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica supplemented with video projections!

In the program you will hear excerpts from “The Art of Instrumentation: A Tribute to Glenn Gould” – works of J. S. Bach inspired by and dedicated to one of the most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century, the legendary performer of J. S. Bach – Glenn Gould.

With Gidon Kremer there is only one step from J. S. Bach to A. Piazzolla! Later in the program – Suite Punta del Este by Astor Piazzolla, where original bandoneon is replaced with a vibraphone (Andrei Pushkarov). The evening is completed with Second Violin Concerto “The American Four Seasons” by Philip Glass. Inspired by A. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, the work of P. Glass enables the listener to decide which part of the piece represents specific season of the year.

During the concert you will see video projections by Jonas Mekas (*1922), a filmmaker, poet and artist of Lithuanian origin who has often been called “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema,” Rimas Sakalauskas (*1985), youngest generation video artist from Lithuania; Adam Magyar (*1972), Berlin-based Hungarian photographer; and Pingo van der Brinkloev, Danish high end visual effects artist.

Tickets here.


 

50th Music Festival of Touraine, France

Kremerata Baltica is giving a couple of concerts in the 50th Music Festival of Touraine in France.

On 14th  of June, you can hear Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer (violin) at “Grange De Meslay,” playing excerpts from “The Art of Instrumentation: A Tribute to Glenn Gould” – works of J. S. Bach inspired by records of one of the most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century – Glenn Gould. Also in the program of the evening – Second Violin Concerto “The American Four Seasons” by Philip Glass. Inspired by A. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, the work of P. Glass gives “no instructions for the audience, no clues as to where Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall might appear in the new concerto – an interesting, though not worrisome, problem for the listener“ (Philip Glass).

On 15th of June, Kremerata Baltica will perform together with Gidon Kremer (violin), Yulianne Avdeeva (piano), and Andrei Pushkarov (vibraphone) as soloists. Inspiring program of works by F. Schubert, W. A. Mozart, F. Chopin, and A. Piazzolla.

More details about each concert here.

Igor Levit and Kremerata Baltica

In this year’s Ludwigsburg Castle Festival Kremerata Baltica is performing together with a talented Russian-German pianist Igor Levit.

A perfect match of two young, energetic, and professional performers is going to give an emotional interpretation of works by  Franz Schubert (String Quartet Movement in C minor), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Piano concerto in E major), Benjamin Britten (“Young Apollo” for piano and strings), and Piotr Tchaikovsky (Serenade for Strings in C major).

For more details about the concert, please click here.