Kremerata Baltica on tour with Martha Argerich and Radu Lupu

After starting the year with entertaining shows in Munich, chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica keeps touring around Europe. This time the orchestra musicians will be joined by two piano masters Martha Argerich and Radu Lupu.

In just 2 weeks (January 18-31) the three grand names of today’s classical music interpreters will give as much as 10 concerts in France, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria.

Together with Martha Argerich Kremerata Baltica will perform pieces by F.Mendelssohn, A.Raskatov, R.Schumann, and round it up with the Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Martha Argerich has been a frequent stage companion of Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer. Born in Buenos Aires, Martha began playing piano when she was 5. While after her studies she was quickly honoured to receive her first recognition by earning the 1st prizes at competitions in Bolzano and Geneva (1957), but her ultimate fame started after her victory in the Chopin Competition in Poland (1965). She is well known because of her interpretations of the 19th and 20th century most virtuoso piano literature that have earned numerous musical awards and endless love among listeners and professionals all around the world.

While on stage together with Radu Lupu, audience will be able to hear our interpretation of pieces by F.Mendelssohn, M.Weinberg and the Piano Concertos No. 23 and No. 27 by W.A. Mozart.

Radu was born in Romania and began his piano lessons at the age of 6. At the age of 12 he gave his first full solo concert, program consisting only of pieces composed by himself. Shortly after his study years at the Moscow Conservatory he earned his first prizes by winning the Van Cliburn (1966), Enescu International (1967), and Leeds International Piano competitions (1969). This has allowed him to be a regular guest in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, to be the recipient of many awards and prizes, as “Abbiati” prize, the 2006 Premio Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award, Grammy Award (1995) ,and Edison Award (1995).

Both Martha Argerich and Radu Lupu are recognised among the most important interpreters and musicians of their generation.

This tour Kremerata Baltica is also accompanied by winds of Concerto Budapest. Concerto Budapest – with excellent musicians, lot of talented young people among them – is one of the most prestigious orchestras of Hungary. In 2007 András Keller was appointed to the post of artistic director and the chief conductor of the orchestra, which brought about a major change in the ensemble’s life. In addition to the expanding classical repertoire Concerto Budapest has a strong openness to find new ways to its audience through the presentation of contemporary works and composers.

András Keller’s dedicated artistic leadership is a guarantee for not only significant expansion of repertoire but also for such highly acclaimed and world famous Hungarian musicians as Dezső Ranki, Dénes Várjon, Barnabás Kelemen or Miklós Perényi, who have been guests of the orchestra. In the past few years not only Hungarian but also numerous outstanding foreign artists have played with Concerto Budapest: Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Viktoria Postnikova, Evgeni Koroliov, Gidon Kremer, Gilles Apap, Kim Kashkashian, Sir James Galway, Isabelle Faust, Khatia Buniatishvili, Akiko Suwanai, and Thomas Hampson.

Besides numerous successful Hungarian concerts Concerto Budapest became a well-known and respected player on the international classical music scene, thanks to the regular tours throughout the world. In the recent years the ensemble has given concerts in major cities of Germany, France, Spain, also the United States, Japan, and China, but many more invitations are being received, which reflects the orchestra’s growing popularity abroad.

For more detailed information regarding the concerts, please visit our events section.