This April Kremerata Baltica musicians will be visiting Slovenia and Germany. On April 4th, 2016 in Ljubljana the orchestra will be playing with violinist Gidon Kremer and clarinetist Mate Bekavac. In the program pieces by R. Schumann, M. Weinberg, and Jacques Cohen’s arrangement of J. Brahms.
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mate Bekavac is recognised as one of the great clarinetists of his generation, despite of his “commercial shyness”. Wherever he appears, he’s hailed among collegues and critics as the “secret favorite”, a full-blooded musician and a virtuoso who risks and isn’t spoiled by current fashion tendencies of music industry. A devoted, silent seeker with a special, subtly nuanced sound beyond bright or dark, french or german clarinet stereotype tendencies (he is perhaps the only one who ever gained perfection in both systems), always in favor of musical expression and sincere transmission of written or hidden musical texts. His repertoire ranges from baroque adaptations, classical, romantic and contemporary clarinet repertoire, as well as jazz and klezmer influenced pieces. He gained his wide international acclaim by his single time performance of his own arrangement of the Carmen Fantasy, which is documented on YouTube.
Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra comprising outstanding young players from the Baltic states — Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia – first gathered in 1997 with initiative of Gidon Kremer. 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. The orchestra received the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists in 2009 and has released more than 25 CDs. Two newest recording were released in 2015 – „New Seasons“ 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; and Georgian composer Giya Kancheli’s works under ECM New Series that includes first recordings of his two major works: Chiaroscuro for violin and chamber orchestra and Twilight for two violins and chamber orchestra, performed by Kremerata Baltica and violinists Gidon Kremer and Patricia Kopatchinskaja.
On April 6th Kremerata Baltica will perform in Frankfurt, Germany. The official Musikmesse opening concert will be held at the ‘Alte Oper’ on the eve of the fair. It marks the culmination of the ‘International German Piano Award Festival’ and presents award-winning pianists Joseph Moog (Ludwigshafen) and Andrejs Osokins (Latvia). The artists will appear with Kremerata Baltica and the wind sector of the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra under the direction of Boian Videnoff. On the programme are works by M. Mussorgsky, R. Schumann, A. Rubinstein, and F. Liszt.