Lucas Debargue and ​Georgijs Osokins become first permanent guest artists of Kremerata Baltica.

Kremerata Baltica is happy to announce its first permanent guest artists during the 22-year history of the orchestra. Resulting from a very positive experience with two upcoming young pianists, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica decided to offer this status to the exceptional French musician Lucas Debargue, who is also pursuing a path as a composer, and to the extraordinary young talent from Latvia, Georgijs Osokins.

Maestro Kremer himself announced Kremerata Baltica’s guest artists by saying: “​We aredelighted to be developing many new projects with both these wonderful artists, who fully identify withand share our values and the enduring motivation of​ ​“​Searching for Music!​”.

Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer have already worked on a number of projects with both artists. ​Lucas Debargue joined Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica in 2017 for the orchestra’s 20th anniversary concerts, and in 2018 for a tour of China and Japan, which included a performance at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Lucas Debargue also composed and performed a new work for piano and strings with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, to whom the piece is dedicated . In addition, they recently recorded a CD dedicated to a largely unknown, yet exceptional Polish composer, Milosz Magin. It will be released in 2020 and accompanied by an extended tour through Europe in the spring of 2020.

French pianist Lucas Debargue received recognition in 2015 after his performances at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition. Being awarded the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize, he began playing as a soloist and with leading orchestras at prestigious concert halls, and collaborating with famous conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev, Yutaka Sado, Tugan Sokhiev and others. “Music cannot be separated from relationships. We started this adventure with the Weinberg quintet and then something happened. I kept my feelings preciously guarded, but later Gidon Kremer confirmed them by inviting me to participate more and more. I fell in love with all the ideas, craziness and unexpected reactions of the musicians. Kremerata Baltica is now a part of my life and I want to contribute to its history” says Lucas Debargue.

Georgijs Osokins attracted attention at the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. Since then, he has made important debuts at Konzerthaus Berlin, the Kremerata Baltica Festival and Vancouver Playhouse. As a soloist, he will be participating in Kremerata Baltica’s new project “Chronicles of Current Times” dedicated to the centenary of Mieczysław Weinberg’s birth. It will be premiered at the Holland Festival on June 7, forming part of a series of projects relating to Weinberg by Gidon Kremer and his ensemble this year. Georgijs Osokins also participated in the double CD recording of two Weinberg Symphonies, including “Kaddish” which was recently performed under Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla by the CBSO and Kremerata Baltica. The CD will be released in May 2019 by Deutsche Grammophon. ​As Georgijs Osokins said: “I have been always captivated by Kremerata Baltica’s breathtaking sensitivity toward every tone, its eloquent technique and reactive attentiveness which evokes my freedom and leads to other dimensions. Playing with such a multi-talented family of intelligent, free and masterful musicians, and also soloists, always brings me a joyful feeling of ​being at home​”.

Kremerata Baltica started the year with the new project “At First There Was…Noise”, collaborating with Robert Wicke from the famous “Circus Roncalli”. Upcoming tours include a concert in New York, the premiere of the “Last words” project in the Balkans, as well as a program of Arvo Pärt and Mieczysław Weinberg to be presented in Cuenca, Spain. For autumn, the orchestra and its leader Gidon Kremer are planning projects with artists including Mario Brunello and Martha Argerich.