Kremerata Baltica Performs at the Konzerthaus’ Berlin Festival “Homage to Gidon Kremer”

Every year Konzerthaus Berlin selects an artist and dedicates the whole festival to them. This year the honor was received by the founder of Kremerata Baltica and our artistic leader Gidon Kremer. Seventeen concerts were performed during ten days and the artists such as conductors David ZinmanChristoph EschenbachMirga Gražinytė-Tyla; soloists Martha ArgerichYulianna AvdeevaIveta ApkalnaAleksei MochalovLucas DebargueSergei NakariakovClara-Jumi Kang, Georgijs OsokinsSlava Gaufberg; Kronberg Academy soloists Mairead HickeyAnne Luisa KrambMiriam Helms Alien, Ziyu ShenHayoung ChoiIvan Karizna and the orchestras Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Kremerata Baltica joined Gidon Kremer on stage to share the world that inspires him with the audience.

It was a honor and a pleasure for us to be a part of this festival. Together with the Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna we presented our program “Bach and Baltics”. We performed under the baton of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Weinberg’s Symphony No.2, which we recorded together in 2018. As always, it was a huge pleasure to see and play together with our artists in residence Lucas Debargue and Georgijs Osokins. Listening to the neverending sound of the trumpet of Sergei Nakariakov in Schostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and Trumpet and Debarg’s true musicianship was an inspiration in itself! We were humbled to give the world premiere of the piece by our dear friend and long time collaborator, composer Victor Kissine. The piece for two orchestras called “Another Question”, performed by the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Kremerata Baltica, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach was commissioned by the Konzerthaus Berlin especially for the festival. Our percussionist Andrei Pushkarev had a great jam-session with Lucas Debargue in the late night concert! We presented Schostakovich’s „Antiformalistischer Rajok“ with the great bass Aleksei Mochalov! Joined by the violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, speaker Michael Dangl and flutist Maria Fedotova we had a great fun performing our children’s program „Die Tierharmoniker“. At the closing concert of the festival, we performed our project dedicated to the centenary of Mieczysław Weinberg “Chronicle of Current Events”. We had a chance to listen to incredible concerts performed by marvelous musicians when we were not on stage ourselves and we will keep these great memories of our 10 days in Berlin for a long time!

Here we collected some of the reviews, photos and impressions from the festival!