Violinist Gidon Kremer
Born in Riga in 1947, he studied violin with his parents, professional musicians, and then at the Riga Conservatory and finally in Moscow where he studied under David Oistrakh. He won prestigious competitions and his career began: concerts in Germany, the United-States... in 1981 he founded the chamber music festival in Austria which became the Kremerata Musica. He then created Kremerata Baltica with which he'd travel the world. His repertoire is very large: baroques, Mozart, the romantic repertoire, but above all, musicians of the 20th century and especially the young contemporaries: Nono, Glass, Schnittke, Pärt, Rota, Gubaidulina. He played with the great musicians of his generation like Argerich, Karajan, Abbado, Ozawa and Harnoncourt and his discography is comprehensive. Gidon Kremer is a non-conformist. His tastes are eclectic, but we're always taken aback by his astonishing technique, the sonority of his Amati, his imagination and elegance: he's one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.