Kremerata Baltica in Sion Festival 2018

For a couple of years in a row Kremerata Baltica has had the honour to take part in the Sion Music festival. This year the orchestra will join the festival for 2 days to give concerts on August 25 and 29. Keep reading to learn more about the two concerts and their respective programs.



The concert on August 25 will feature 2 very special programs: „Schubert meets Silvestrov”, which has been performed in several concerts this season, and a brand new program “Con Amore”.

The program „Schubert meets Silvestrov” was first premiered earlier this year (2018) during a concert in Cēsis, Latvia. As maestro Kremer reflects:

“The idea was born in a recent conversation between me and Valentin Silvestrov – a prominent Ukrainian composer who celebrated his 80th birthday last year. I played a lot of his music, feeling that Silvestrov’s scores are masterpieces of tonality in our world very much oriented towards post “twelve tone” and electronic music complexity. (…) The meeting of the 2 romantics is now meant to happen on the “virtual bridges” of two scores and I do hope it will be a refreshing experience for us players, as well as for our audiences. Why? Because it seems Schubert and Silvestrov speak the same language of beauty despite the fact that Schubert lived centuries ago and Valentin is well and still very creative.”

The program “Schubert meets Silvestrov” is a very creative yet sensual combination of the following works: Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No.12 (Quartet-Satz) in C minor D703, Valentin Silvestrov’s Five pieces for violin and piano and Franz Schubert’s Sonatina for violin and piano No.2 in A minor, D.385.


The program “Con Amore” is the newest creative work by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica that experience its world premiere just earlier this summer during the festival “Sounds of the Dolomites”.

The project is created in cooperation with 2 great French artists-comedians Julien Cottereau and Catherine Germain. In this performance the world of classical music meets the abstract world of clownery. The clowns become music interpreters and musicians become both actors and spectators.

Kremer comments:

“We did choose the music of various composers, be it classics, like Tchaikovsky and Schumann, or contemporaries, like Schnittke, Piazzolla, Chaplin etc, altogether. Music is meant to become the column (or the guide?) for this unexpected “fairy tale”, which should remind all of us, that the uneasy life we all live is still full of miracles, joy and love.”



The second appearance on the stage of Sion Music festival 2018 will be a rather special event as well. The concert on August 29 will take place as part of the Finale of the Tibor Junior International Violin Competition, where Kremerata Baltica will have the honour to perform together with the winner of the competition.

In the process of the competition Kremerata Baltica will also participate in the final of the competition (August 27), during which the orchestra will perform together with all the other finalists as well. The program for both days consists of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043, a soloists choice from a list of mandatory peaces (incl.Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo Op. 34, Paganini’s La Campanella, Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy and Saint-Saëns’ Valse Caprice). Finally, the finalists are invited to present a piece of their choice for solo violin composed after 1970.