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Kremerata Baltica

Biography

Active: 1996 -
With his career reaching the greatest heights of international acclaim, violinist Gidon Kremer (born in 1947 in Riga, Latvia), was anxious to establish connections with the aspiring younger musicians of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and to share his rich artistic experience with them. In line with this conception, he created the chamber music collective known as the Kremerata Baltica in 1996; it is an ensemble identified Read more with Kremer's eclectic and restless exploration of unusual repertory, as well as with fresh interpretations of standard works. Kremer's initiative has stimulated the independent musical life of the Baltic states, loosening the shackles that dire economic straits have placed on the arts.

The average age of the those selected to Kremerata Baltica--on the basis of a rigorous audition process--is twenty-two years, and the group at first consisted of only twenty-five string musicians. The ensemble's debut program was offered to the audiences of Kremer's native Riga in February of 1997, on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday. In addition to works by Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Schubert, the orchestra also played the music of Baltic composers Erkki-Sven-Tüür (Estonia), Peteris Vasks (Latvia) and Feliksas Bajoras (Lithuania). Also on the program was Sutartines, a work which echoes the tragic events of January,1991 in Lithuania, by Kremer's longtime friend Alfred Schnittke. Professor Saulius Sondeckis, the well-known conductor and artistic director of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, also takes a turn as conductor of the Kremerata Baltica. In the summer of 1997, the Kremerata Baltica played the Kremer-led Gstaad Festival (Switzerland) and Lockenhaus Festival(Austria); and also performed at the Salzburg Festival. As the twentieth century neared its end, the Kremerata Baltica experienced considerable commercial success with recordings of music by the "holy minimalist" Estonian-born composer Arvo Pärt and by the Argentine tango-classical fusionist Astor Piazzolla. The ensemble's name is a pun combining the violinist's name with the old designation of a chamber ensemble as a "Camerata"; the group sometimes adopts the unusual capitalization KREMERata BALTICA in printed materials. Read less
Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica Play Schubert
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3072238   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Mieczyslaw Weinberg / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001992002 Release Date: 02/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Daniil Grishin,  Giedre Dirvanauskaite,  Daniil Trifonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 2.
    Victor Kissine: Between Two Waves
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001830602 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Victor Kissine
    Performer:  Andrius Zlabys,  Daniil Grishin,  Giedre Dirvanauskaite,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Roman Kofman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 3.
    The Complete Astor Piazzolla Recordings / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 515783 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Jerzy Peterburshsky,  Leonid Desyatnikov,  Giya Kancheli  ... 
    Performer:  Alois Posch,  Vadim Sakharov,  Gidon Kremer,  Michel Portal  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Rolf Gupta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Astor Quartet,  Kremerata Baltica,  Kremerata Musica  ... 
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  • 4.
    Gidon Kremer - Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059408 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Astor Piazzolla,  Alfred Schnittke,  Miklós Rózsa  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 5.
    The Art Of Instrumentation: Homage To Glenn Gould  / Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 528982 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Valentin Silvestrov,  Giya Kancheli,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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    Gubaidulina: The Canticle Of The Sun / Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001644502 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Nicolas Alstaedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica,  Kamer Chamber Choir
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  • 7.
    Gidon Kremer - Edition Lockenhaus
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001599002 Release Date: 10/24/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Olivier Messiaen,  César Franck,  André Caplet  ... 
    Performer:  Khatia Buniatishvili,  Markus Bellheim,  Andrei Pushkarev,  Dmytro Marchenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Roman Kofman,  Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica,  Shedryk Children's Choir,  Hagen String Quartet  ... 
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  • 8.
    Hymns And Prayers / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001476102 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer,  Giya Kancheli
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 9.
    De Profundis / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 287228 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Georgs Pelécis,  Astor Piazzolla,  Lera Auerbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 10.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 27 / Kissin, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26645 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Evgeni Kissin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 11.
    Mozart - The Complete Violin Concertos / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 512789 Release Date: 07/21/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 12.
    50th Birthday Concert - Vivaldi, Albinoni, Mozart, Rota, Chen, Etc / Petri, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Our Recordings   Catalog: 8226905 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Heidrich,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Artem Vassiliev,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 13.
    Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica Play Schubert
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3072238 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa,  Alfred Schnittke,  Astor Piazzolla,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 14.
    Cello Fiesta! / Hecker, Kharadze, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 8031 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Chick Corea,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Giorgi Kharadze,  Marie-Elisabeth Hecker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 15.
    Mozart, Pärt, Schnittke / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072228 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 16.
    Mahler, Shostakovich / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 000968002 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Yulia Korpacheva,  Fyodor Kuznetsov
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 17.
    The Many Musics Of Gidon Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000838902 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Yuri Bashmet,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gidon Kremer,  Heinrich Schiff,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kremerata Baltica,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen  ... 
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  • 18.
    Shostakovich: Sonata For Violin, Etc / Kremer, Bashmet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000762202 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Yuri Bashmet
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 19.
    Los Angeles Street Concerto - Thomas Koppel / Michala Petri
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226021 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Koppel
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Lars Hannibal
    Conductor:  Bo Holten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica,  Copenhagen Philharmonic
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  • 20.
    Schubert: String Quartet In G Major / Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 000506602 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Andrejs Gojikovs,  Gidon Kremer,  Daniil Grishin,  Kristine Blaumane
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 21.
    Kancheli: In L'istesso Tempo
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 000423402 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giya Kancheli
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Oleg Maisenberg
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica,  Bridge Ensemble
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  • 22.
    Kremerland / Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474801 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Dreznin,  Georgs Pelécis,  Alexander Bakshi,  Giya Kancheli  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Andrei Pushkarev,  Danelius Rubinas,  Leonid Chizhik  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 23.
    Gidon Kremer - Happy Birthday / Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79657 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ladislav Kupkovic,  Edward Bor,  Vato Kakhidze,  Adrien François Servais  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Vato Kakhidze,  Lasma Muceniece,  Marta Sudraba  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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  • 24.
    The Eight Seasons - Vivaldi, Piazzolla / Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79568 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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    Vasks: Distant Light, Voices / Kremer, Kremerata Baltica
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 22660 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kremerata Baltica
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