Born in Latvia, violinist Gidon Kremer has had an unconventional career, beginning studies with violin master David Oistrakh at the age of 18 and going on to win first prize in both the Paganini and Tchaikovsky International Competitions. With an unusually extensive repertoire, he regularly champions the work of living composers and has performed many important new compositions. He returns to UMS with his chamber ensemble Kremerata Baltica to perform a program that commemorates, in part, the centennial of Benjamin Britten’s birth.
||Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (1977)
||Concertino for Violin and Strings, Op. 42 (1948)
||Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (1937)
||Symphony No. 10 in a minor, Op. 98 (1968)
New this season! UMS “Tune in” - a series of brief pre-show talks by inspired and experienced special guests. Each Tune is just 15 minutes long. A special guest speaker will offer a unique perspective, tidbits of information, and provocative questions for thinking about, listening to, and watching the performance. Special guest: Michael Kondziolka (UMS Director of Programming). Tune in begins at 7 pm in Hill Auditorium Mezzanine Lobby.
Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? Join us for a post-performance Q&A and get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists that bring creativity to the stage. Must have a ticket to this evening’s performance to attend.
Kremerata Baltica website
Gidon Kremer has appeared on virtually every major concert stage with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and America. He has collaborated with today’s foremost conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, and Valery Gergiev, among others.
Founded in 1997, Kremerata Baltica was Kremer’s 50th birthday present to himself: a way of passing on his wisdom to young colleagues from the Baltic states. Kremerata Baltica has since developed into one of the best international chamber orchestras, cementing its international reputation in major concert venues around the world.
The orchestra has released over twenty recordings, winning the Grammy award for Best Small Ensemble Performance in 2002, the ECHO prize in 2002, and the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists in 2009.
This performance is Gidon Kremer’s ninth appearance with UMS. He made his debut in April 1983 and most recently performed in Ann Arbor in November 2004. The concert is Kremerata Baltica’s second appearance under UMS auspices.