Gidon Kremer with two concerts in Sofia

The genius violinist is playing with Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra on 18 and 22 April

Gidon Kremer

The great violinist Gidon Kremer will take part in the new season of Sofia Philharmonic. He was to come to Sofia at the end of last year but due to the coronavirus crisis he had to postpone his concerts. Now he will present two programmes in Bulgaria Hall. On 18 April at 11am he will perform under the baton of maestro Nayden Todorov. Uros Lajowitz will be the conductor of his second concert on 22 April at 7pm.

Winner of the biggest music awards, including Grammy, Echo Klassik, the Praemium Imperiale prize (widely considered to be the “Nobel Prize of music”), and among the world's leading violinists, Gideon Kremer has perhaps the most unconventional career. He began studying violin at the age of four with his father and grandfather, both distinguished string players. At the age of seven, he enrolled as a student at Riga Music School where he made rapid progress, and at 16, he was awarded the First Prize of the Latvian Republic. Two years later, he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory.

Over the past five decades he has established and sustained a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. He has appeared on almost every major concert stage as recitalist playing with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and North America, as well as working with many of the greatest conductors of the last 50 years.

Gidon Kremer's repertoire is unusually wide and strikingly varied. It encompasses the full span of classical and romantic masterworks for violin, together with music by leading 20th and 21st centuries composers. There is no other soloist of comparable international stature who has done so much to promote the cause of contemporary composers and new music for violin.

An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Gideon Kremer already has over 120 albums. Most of them have received prestigious international awards in recognition of his outstanding interpretive achievements.

In 1997, Maestro Kremer founded the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra to foster outstanding young musicians from the three Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The ensemble and its founder have toured extensively together over the past two decades, appearing at the world's leading festivals and concert venues.

Gidon Kremer plays an instrument made by Nicola Amati in 1641. He is the author of four books, of which the latest is Letters to a Young Pianist (2013). His writings have been translated into several languages and reveal the breadth of his artistic pursuits and aesthetic outlook.

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