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Kremerata Baltica at La Folle Journée 2015

Kremerata Baltica together with renowned violinist Gidon Kremer will give several performances at La Folle Journée festival in Nantes, France during January 28-February 1, 2015.

During 5 festival days more than 300 concerts are planned, hosting around 1600 musicians and expecting at least 150.000 visitors. With events that last no more than 45 minutes, la Folle Journée offers a new perspective on concerts that attract and instruct new audiences of all ages by doing away with the unchanging and rather predictable rituals of conventional concerts. In a relatively short time, visitors can wander from room to room, each of which offers acoustics that are perfectly suited to the different musical effects. The profusion of concerts is an opportunity for visitors to renew their musical experience, as and when they choose.


 

“Grammy” Nomination for Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra

Recording “Mieczysław Weinberg” released by ECM (producer Manfred Eicher) has been nominated for the Grammy award in category “Best Classical Compendium.”

The recording is performed by Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra and soloists Gidon Kremer (violin), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), Daniil Grishin (viola) and Danielis Rubinas (double bass). The main criteria of the category implies that the album is “developed and united by an artist, composer, tribute, thematic idea, musical or other unifying concept.”  Among five other albums it is to compete for the reward of 2014.

Works of Mieczysław Weinberg will be of exceptional importance in the annual XII Kremerata Baltica festival to be held in June 2015 in Sigulda, Cesis, Riga and Jurmala (Latvia).


Kremerata Baltica and Nicolas Altstaedt in Switzerland

Kremerata Baltica is giving a couple of concerts in Switzerland together with German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.

November 4that Stadt Casino, Basel

November 5that Konzerthaus, Vienna

In the program – pieces by B. Bartok, M. Mussorgsky, J. Haydn, and A. Piazzolla.

 


 

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica in the Middle East

For the first time Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica are visiting countries in the Middle East and will present it’s audiences a spectacular “Seasons” program.

During performances in Alexandria, Cairo, Abu Dhabi and Muscat pieces by Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla will be played. Although A. Piazzolla did not originally wrote his “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” as a homage to A. Vivaldi, they do pair nicely with the famous classical concerto set.

The innovative Philip Glass’ Seasons Project juxtaposes Glass’s magical new work – Violin Concerto No. 2: The American Four Seasons – with its inspiration, the Vivaldi classic The Four Seasons. Unlike the Vivaldi – really a set of four concertos, each with three movements brimming with material that is supposed to suggest spring, summer, winter and fall – the work by P. Glass is four unbroken single movements. While they too are to be taken as harbingers of each season, the movements are untitled. “Therefore, there will be 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).

The piece is supplemented with 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 – Berlin-based Hungarian photographer, a prominent figure in media arts, and Pingo van der Brinkloev – a digital artist from Denmark.


 

Kremerata Baltica on a tour with Martha Argerich and Gidon Kremer

The legendary Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, virtuosic piano player Martha Argerich and the talented Kremerata Baltica are again on tour in Europe. This October the exclusive trio returns with the world premiere of W. A. Mozart piece’s transcription by Russian composer Victor Kissine. As well in the program – V. Kissine’s arrangement of L. van Beethoven’s piece, especially dedicated to G. Kremer, M. Argerich and Kremerata Baltica.

Martha ArgerichIn the piano world M. Argerich stands besides such legends as Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Vladimir Horowitz, Maurizio Pollini.   She is the most desirable guest at elite European festivals. Martha Argerich cannot be compared with any other pianist – you will never know what to expect from her performance. Her musical expression surprises with many twists and turns, which only increases audience’s fascination.

Plenty honors and awards she received speak for themselves: the Academic of Santa Cecilia  Academy of Rome (1997), the USA Musician of the Year (2001), the Commandeur de lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres (2004) of France. 2005 she received the award of Japanese Emperor The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette and the prestige Association of Art of Japan Praemium Imperiale the same award which was received by Kremerata Baltica in 2009.

M. Argerich recordings have been included in the album series of the Philips company The 100 best pianists of the world. She is a triple Grammy award recipient, one of which has been received exactly for her performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concert No.2, which we will also hear during the tour.

Since 1998 Martha Argerich is an artistic director of Japan’s Beppu Festival. In 1999 she founded the International Pianist Competition and Festival Martha Argerich in her hometown Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 2002 – the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Switzerland.

Kremer Gidon

An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Gidon Kremer has made more than 120 albums, many of which brought him prestigious international awards and prizes in recognition of his exceptional interpretative powers. These include the „Grand prix du Disque“, „Deutscher Schallplattenpreis“, in 2007 the Saeculum-Glashütte Original-Musikfestspielpreis Dresden and in 2008 the Rolf-Schock Prize, Stockholm, in 2010 “life achievement” prize of the Istanbul Music festival, and in 2011 he was awarded “Una Vita Nella Musica – Artur Rubinstein” Prize (Venice) which is considered by many to be the “Nobel Prize” of music, among many others.

Gidon Kremer’s technical brilliance, spiritual yet passionate playing and commitment to both new works and new interpretations of old works have made him one of the most respected violinists in the world today. Together with Martha Argerich, these two huge musical personalities make a perfect duo – their artistic friendship lasts for more than 30 years.

 

In the program – works of Bela Bartok, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Scheduled concerts:

October 11, 2014 – Vilnius, Lithuania

October 12, 2014 – Cesis, Latvia

October 14, 2014 – Munich, Germany

October 16, 2014 – Barcelona, Spain

October 18, 2014 – Torino, Italy

October 19, 2014 – Milan, Italy


 

On Air: Gidon Kremer gets his own radio show

Gidon Kremer is about to explore the radio: on German radio station BR-KLASSIK he will be broadcasting his own monthly program.

“Kremerspiegel” – is the name of the new series of BR-KLASSIK. The Latvian-born violinist can be experienced once a month discussing selected musical subjects and also presenting music for one hour alternating with the hosts Bernhard Neuhoff and Meret Forster. The first episode on September 25th  is about “How it all started. Splinters of a musical childhood”.

“Kremerspiegel”

New radio series on BR-Klassik

As of Thursday, 25 September 2014

07:05 – 8:00 pm

 

Overview about the detailed program of “Kremerspiegel” on BR-Klassik:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

How it all began. Splinters of a musical childhood

The violinist Gidon Kremer in conversation with Meret Forster

 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Between worlds. In search of freedom

The violinist Gidon Kremer in conversation with Meret Forster

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Johann Sebastian Bach. Music for more than one life

The violinist Gidon Kremer in conversation with Bernhard Neuhoff

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

My composers. Encounters

The violinist Gidon Kremer in conversation with Bernhard Neuhoff

Further information on www.br-klassik.de


 

Kremerata Baltica at International Shostakovich Days

Continuing the tour in Germany, Kremerata Baltica will give three concerts at International Shostakovich Days in a peaceful town of Gohrisch on September 20-21, 2014.

Program includes pieces by Dmitri Schostakowich, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giya Kancheli, and Mieczysław Weinberg.

Kremerata Baltica will perform together with soloists Gidon Kremer (violin), Anna Vinnitskaya (piano), Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet), Alexei Mochalov (bass), Friedemann Herz (organ), Wolfram Grosse (clarinet), conductors Peter Kopp and Michail Jurowski, and the winds of the Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra.

More details here.


 

GIDON KREMER’S RUSSIA in Dresden, Germany

Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer are going to reveal a picture of Russia in a musical world on September 18th in Dresden, Germany.

The program includes pieces by Russian composers  S. Gubaidulina, L. Desyatnikov, M. Weinberg, and A. Raskatov.

Composer Leonid Desyatnikov will participate in a conversation with Maestro G. Kremer about music and current situation in Russia.

Details and tickets here.


Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica in 50th Sion Festival

Kremerata Baltica is giving three concerts on 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of August at 50th Sion Music Festival in Switzerland.

sion bildeThree unprecedented programs are prepared – “Seasons” along with soloists Gidon Kremer (violin) and Olesya Petrova (mezzo-soprano), accompanied withvideo
projections by Jonas Mekas, Rimas Sakalauskas, Adam Magyar, and Pingo van der Brinkloev. “Animal Harmonics” for children with Gidon Kremer (violin), Maria Fedotova (flute), and Michael Dangl (actor, narrator) and “Flamenco Project” with Rocío Bazán (flamenco vocals – cantaora), Ana Morales and David Pérez (flamenco dancers), Manuel Herrera and Jesús Guerrero (flamenco guitar), and conductor Jörg Bierhance.

Find more details about each event in our Events calendar.

Since 1963 this international music festival finds its home in a beautiful city of Sion. Every summer it proposes about 20 musical manifestations – concerts, open-air spectacles, musical meetings, competitions, etc. The Music Academy of Sion receives about 400 to 500 students from all over the world to follow master classes given by internationally acclaimed teachers. They are also given a chance to perform some forty “Musical Hours” in the main locations. Over the year the festival evolved from regional to international scale and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.


 

Kremerata Baltica at 34 International Piano Festival in France

On August 3-5, in 34th International Piano Festival in La Roque d’Antheron, France Kremerata Baltica will give three concerts with well-known pianists- Marc-André Hamelin, Yulianna Avdeeva, and Mikhail Pletnev.

Major cultural event of the summer in Provence once again offers a rich program with up to five concerts a day. Renown musicians as well as new hopes of the future will cover all styles: classical, contemporary and baroque music with incursions into jazz and even electronic music. Most performances will be held in the magnificent “Parc du Chateau de Florans” (“Florans Castle Park). The acoustic qualities of the scene are ideal for piano recitals as well as concertos and symphonies.

Visit Events Calendar to know more about each concert.