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Encore Series – Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica



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‘Gidon Kremer…the great Latvian violinist and the brilliant chamber orchestra he has drawn from his own and neighbouring republics…performed with flair, intensity, precision and delicacy.’  The Independent

 

15 October 2012 (Mon) 8pm
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$520, 430, 350, 260, 180

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Performers

Kremerata Baltica
Artistic Director / Violin: Gidon Kremer

 
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Programme

Bruckner

Adagio (from String Quintet)

Weinberg

Symphony No. 10

Schumann

Cello Concerto (transcribed for Violin and String Orchestra by René Koering)

 

(Violin Solo: Gidon Kremer)

Shostakovich

Violin Sonata (orchestrated for Violin, Strings and Percussion by Mikhail

 

Zinman and Andrei Pushkarev)

 

(Violin Solo: Gidon Kremer)

 
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Programme Details

The Legendary Violinist and His Chamber Orchestra

Gidon Kremer formed the Kremerata Baltica, its name a pun on Camerata and his own name, to mark his own 50th birthday, in 1997.  The ensemble is formed mainly by young musicians drawn from the Baltic States.  It soon won a great international reputation as one of the finest chamber orchestras of its generation, especially with Kremer’s bold and innovative programming of contemporary repertoire.  The legendary status and distinguished career of Gidon Kremer as a concert violinist need no introduction.  In its return to Hong Kong, the ensemble is bringing a programme which features Gidon Kremer as the solo violinist in two of the four works: the Violin Sonata of Shostakovich in a version for solo violin, strings and percussion, and the sweepingly romantic Cello Concerto of Schumann transcribed as a violin concerto.  Works by Bruckner and the Polish/Russian composer Weinberg, protégé of Shostakovich, complete this very specially conceived concert programme.

 

 
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Gidon Kremer

Artistic Director/ Violin

Of all the world’s leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps had the most unconventional career. At 16 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.

Kremer’s repertoire is unusually 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 has performed many important new compositions; several of them dedicated to him. He has become associated with such diverse composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Aribert Reimann, Peteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, Leonid Desyatnikov and Astor Piazzolla, bringing their music to audiences in a way that respects tradition yet remains contemporary. It would be fair to say that no other soloist of his international stature has done as much for contemporary composers in the past 30 years.

An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Kremer has made more than 120 albums, many of which brought him prestigious international awards and prizes in recognition of his exceptional interpretative powers. These include the “Grand prix du Disque”, “Deutscher Schallplattenpreis”, in 2010 “life achievement” prize of the Istanbul Music festival, and in 2011 he was awarded “Una Vita Nella Musica - Arthur Rubinstein Prize” (Venice) which is considered by many to be the “Nobel Prize” of music, among many others.

In February 2002 he and the Kremerata Baltica were awarded with the Grammy for the Nonesuch recording “After Mozart” in the category “Best Small Ensemble Performance”. The same recording received in the fall of 2002 an ECHO prize in Germany.

In 1997, Kremer founded the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra to foster outstanding young musicians from the three Baltic States. Since then, he has been touring extensively with the orchestra appearing at world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. He has also recorded almost 25 CD’s with the orchestra for Teldec, Nonesuch, DGG and ECM. From 2002 to 2006 Kremer was the artistic leader of the festival les muséiques” in Basel, Switzerland.

Kremer plays a Nicola Amati, dated from 1641. He is also the author of three books, published in German and translated into many languages, which reflect his artistic pursuits.

 

Kremerata Baltica

In 1997, Austria’s legendary Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival was witness to a small revolution when, beside many distinguished musicians, the violinist Gidon Kremer presented a brand new orchestra: Kremerata Baltica, comprising 24 young musicians from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, conquered the discerning audience, injecting new blood into the Festival with their exuberance, energy and joy in playing.

Kremerata Baltica, an educational project with a long-term vision, was Kremer’s 50th birthday present to himself: a way of passing on his wisdom to young colleagues from the Baltic states while making no compromises on artistic standards as he nurtured and inspired musical life in the region.  The talented group of musicians developed in few years into one of the best international chamber orchestras in the world and has cemented its international reputation in major concert venues around the world.

Kremerata Baltica has played in the past 13 years in more than 50 countries, performing in 600 cities and given around 1000 concerts also in Japan, Australia, the USA, Latin America, Russia and all around Europe.  It has released more than 20 CDs and has won the Grammy Award in 2002, the ECHO prize in 2002 and the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists in 2009.

The orchestra is supported by the governments of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.  Its members, all outstanding musical personalities, are selected through a rigorous auditioning process and play as a stable ensemble.  Among the celebrated soloists with whom Kremerata Baltica has played are soprano Jessye Norman, pianists Mikhail Pletnev, Evgeny Kissin and Oleg Maisenberg, violinists Thomas Zehetmair and Vadim Repin, and cellists Boris Pergamenshikov and Yo Yo Ma; conductors have included Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, Heinz Holliger and Vladimir Ashkenazy.  Each of these musicians has contributed to shaping the chamber orchestra.

Essential to Kremerata Baltica’s artistic personality is its creative approach to programming, which often looks beyond the mainstream and has given rise to numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Kancheli, Vasks, Desyatnikov and Raskatov.  The orchestra’s wide-ranging and carefully chosen repertoire is also showcased in its numerous and much-praised CD recordings, such as “Eight Seasons”, pairing Vivaldi’s set of concertos with Piazzolla’s Argentinian sequence, and “Silencio”, compositions by contemporary composers: Pärt, Glass and Martynov. “After Mozart”, a 21st century take on the composer, won an internationally coveted Grammy Award, while “Mozart's Five Violin Concertos”, recorded live at the Salzburg Festival in 2006, his 200th anniversary year, have been released on the Nonesuch label.

Latest CD releases by Kremerata Baltica are the “Mozart Concertos No. 20 & 27” together with Evgeny Kissin and the CD “De profundis” with Gidon Kremer.

 

 
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Programme Length

Running time of the performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 28 August  onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).


'Great Music' Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for 'Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica', 'The English Concert', 'Wells Cathedral Choir', 'Piano Recital by Krystian Zimerman' and 'Piano Recital by Piotr Anderszewski': 5% off for any 2 concerts; 10% off for any 3 concerts; 15% off for any 4 concerts; 20% off for all 5 concerts.

 

Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;

15% off for 10-19 standard tickets;

20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

 

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.
 
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Pre-concert Talk
“The Strings Wonder”
(Conducted in Cantonese)
Speaker
: Albert Ho (Lecturer of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts)

15 October 2012 (Mon) 6:45pm
Level 4 Foyer, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis.
 
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Enquiries
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
 
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