For Immediate Release:
Tessa Retterath Jones
THE SCHUBERT CLUB PRESENTS
Gidon Kremer, violin with Kremerata Baltica
Saturday, February 8, 2014 • 7:30 PM
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
New for the 13-14 season: Join at 6:45pm in the Marzitelli Foyer for a pre-concert talk
“Mr. Kremer, leading his fine young ensemble of players, remains one of the truly interesting musicians among us today” – The New York Times
ST. PAUL, Minn. (January 6, 2014) – The Schubert Club is pleased to present Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Ordway Center. Gidon Kremer last performed for The Schubert Club in 1995. This season, he returns to the International Artist Series with his chamber orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, in a rare, large-scale concert experience.
Concertino for Violin and Strings, Opus 42 – Moisey Weinberg
Violin Sonata, Opus 134 – Dmitri Shostakovich (orch. Pushkarev/Zinman)
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Opus 10 – Benjamin Britten
Antiformalist Rayok – Shostakovich
About Gidon Kremer & the Kremerata Baltica
Gidon Kremer, born in Riga, Latvia, began studying violin at the age of four with his father and grandfather, who were both distinguished string players. At the age of seven, he entered Riga Music School. At sixteen, he was awarded the first Prize of the Latvian Republic, and two years later, he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. He went on to win prestigious awards including the 1967 Queen Elizabeth Competition and the first prize in both Paganini and Tchaikovsky International Competitions. This success launched a distinguished career, in the course of which he has appeared on virtually every major concert stage with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and America.
Kremer’s repertoire is extensive, encompassing all of the standard classical and romantic violin works, as well as music by twentieth and twenty-first century masters such as Henze, Berg, and Stockhausen. He also championed the works of living Russian and Eastern European composers and become associated with such diverse composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Aribert Reimann, Peteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philipp Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov, and Astor Piazzolla. A prolific recording artist, Gidon Kremer has made more than 120 albums, many of which brought him international awards and prizes including the Grand prix du Disque, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the Ernst-von-Siemens Musikpreis, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Premio dell‘ Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Triumph Prize 2000 (Moscow), in 2001 the Unesco Prize, in 2007 and in 2011 he was awarded Una Vita Nella Musica – Artur Rubinstein Prize (Venice), among many others. He and the Kremerata Baltica were awarded the Grammy for the Nonesuch recording After Mozart.
In 1997, he founded the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra to foster outstanding young musicians from the three Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Since then, Kremer has been touring extensively with the orchestra. He has also recorded almost twenty CDs with the orchestra for Teldec, Nonesuch, DGG and ECM. Kremer plays a Nicola Amati, dated from 1641.
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About The Schubert Club
The Schubert Club is an internationally renowned performing arts organization dedicated to expanding the enjoyment of music through world-class recitals, premier educational programs and rare collections of musical treasures.
Founded in 1882, The Schubert Club maintains a highly regarded national and international reputation among leading classical music performers. Its International Artists Series has brought Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Alfred Brendel, Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, among many others, to the Twin Cities to perform in recital for sold-out audiences.
The Schubert Club is a member of the Arts Partnership, programming a vibrant future for the performing arts in downtown St. Paul together with The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnesota Opera and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The organization’s website is schubert.org