History

The Kremerata Baltica was launched in 1997 by Gidon Kremer and is already one of today’s prominent international European ensembles. Through his work with this chamber orchestra, Gidon Kremer strives to pass on his vast musical experience to young musicians from the three Baltic Nations and at the same time promote and inspire the newly revived independent music life in the Baltic countries. It is the endeavour of the Kremerata Baltica to show an innovative, intense musical presence in the three Baltic Nations in various formations. Thanks to the support from mutual sponsoring organisations in the Baltic Nations, the orchestra is able to give numerous concerts each year in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The orchestra members are selected through strict auditions before they come together to perform concerts, give tours, festival appearances or do recording projects presenting the public with their manifold and innovative programs. The chance to work together and perform with world-renowned soloists and conductors of high repute is a challenge as well as a great motivation for these young musicians. Out of the roughly 60 concerts per year given by Kremerata Baltica a great number of these performances are given together with their artistic director Gidon Kremer. In addition to this the ensemble found its musical homeland in the Chamber Music Festival in Austria’s Lockenhaus, also established by Kremer, where it gets new impulses and makes new contacts each year.

Today, after more than eight years of concert experience, Kremerata Baltica is an internationally celebrated chamber orchestra. After tours in Japan, USA and South America in 2002, they were touring Asia in the spring of 2004 and repeated a tour in Japan and the USA in the fall of 2004. Aside from the renowned festivals in Dresden, Baden-Baden, Schleswig-Holstein, Montpellier and Verbier, the orchestra is a gladly welcomed guest at Prager Fruhling, Salzburger Festspiele and London’s BBC Proms. The numerous concert tours given by the Kremerata Baltica took place with noted soloists and conductors like Jessye Norman, Oleg Maisenberg, David Geringas, Boris Pergamenschikow, Tatiana Grindenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, Saulius Sondeckis, Andrey Boreyko and Roman Kofman.

Musical encounters at concerts or in Lockenhaus have lead to planned tours in the future seasons with the Kremerata Baltica and such artists as Heinrich Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Michala Petri and have, as a result, enhanced the growth of this independent institution.

A special emphasis of the orchestral work is contemporary music and aside from premieres and commissioned works by Pärt, Kancheli, Vasks, Desyatnikov and Raskatov, they perform compositions by Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Enescu and Piazzolla.

Within the framework of their successful partnership with the recording company Nonesuch, the orchestra has produced two path breaking Piazzolla recordings: “Eight Seasons”, combining the seasons from Vivaldi and Piazzolla and “Tracing Astor”, a homage to this great Argentinean composer. “Silencio” followed, a fascinating compiling of contemporary compositions by Pärt, Glass and Martynow as well as “After Mozart”, a musical retrospective of Mozart seen from the point of view of the 21st century. For this last recording they received a Grammy Award in February 2002. Their latest CD has been released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2004 and is called “Kremerland”.

The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” commented after a performance of the ensemble at the Chamber Music Festival in Lockenhaus with the following words “Music rarely lets itself be so in-tensely experienced as this!” while the British Magazine “Strad” wrote after a concert at London Proms “Kremer and his musicians possess not only a remarkable virtuosity, but also derive pleasure from the music”.

Kremerata Baltica is supported by Firma Adolf W?ürth GmbH & Co KG.