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Kremerata Baltica Returns

Kremerata Baltica Returns

2021 June 17, Thursday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Concert Hall, Vilnius

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Concert moved from 16 December 2020, the tickets remain valid


(artistic director Gidon Kremer)
Soloists: GIDON KREMER (violin, Latvia), YULIANNA AVDEEVA (piano, Russia), ANDREI PUSHKAREV (vibraphone, Latvia), DŽERALDAS BIDVA (violin), GIEDRĖ DIRVANAUSKAITĖ (cello)
Kremerata Baltica Returns

SILVIJA MILIŪNAITĖ-BLIŪDŽIUVIENĖ – Drive for Life for violin, cello and string orchestra (premiere, 2021)
ANDRIUS ŽLABYS – Kaleidoscope of Lost Time for violin and strings
ALFRED SCHNITTKE – Concerto for piano and string orchestra
ÁSTOR PIAZZOLLA– Tres minutos con la realidad
ÁSTOR PIAZZOLLA–ANDREI PUSHKAREV – Fuga y misterio; Michelangelo 70 (to mark Ástor Piazzolla's centenary)

The world-famous Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra returns to the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall. Founded by Gidon Kremer in 1997, the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, dubbed the Ambassador of Baltic Culture, is considered to be, perhaps, the most prominent international orchestra in Europe. Kremer specially selects young, enthusiastic musicians from the Baltic States, resistant to routine, which often affects many professional orchestras. In Kremerata, everyone’s artistic personality and creative approach to music is important. The 23-year-old collective has performed in more than fifty countries, 600 cities, and has given more than 1,000 concerts around the world.

Tonight’s soloists:

Riga-born violinist Gidon Kremer, a performer of unsurpassed mastery and a personality of original creativity, is especially valued for his uniqueness, daily quest for new expression and interpretation possibilities. During the long years of his concert career, Kremer has performed with the most famous European and American orchestras in almost all major halls of the world.

Pianist Yulianna Avdeeva is the winner of the 16th International F. Chopin Piano Competition (2010) (1st prize). She has also won prizes in such competitions as the Geneva International Music Competition, the European Piano Contest in Bremen, the International Anton Rubinstein Competition in Israel, I. J. Paderewski International Piano Competition in Poland and others. Avdeeva has given concerts in Europe, USA, Japan, South Africa and Israel, appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Percussionist Andrei Pushkarev, a member of Kremerata Baltica, is internationally acclaimed performer, composer and arranger of music for percussion. He appears as a soloist with different collectives and regularly hosts percussion masterclasses in Europe, South America, and Australia.

Violinist Džeraldas Bidva is the concertmaster of both Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist he has delivered many impressive programs and premieres, given concerts with outstanding performers. He is the organizer of Mažeikiai International Art Festival, which boasts high artistic level and abundance of world-renowned artists.

Cellist Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, a winner of many competitions and the principal cello of the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, has collaborated as a soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Kiev Chamber Orchestra.

The concert programme includes works by two Lithuanian composers. “The idea for the work was stimulated by the pandemic, we are currently seeing a lot of despair around us. It’s my call to feel that despite the hardships we experience, life always makes sense. All you need to do is give in to the natural flow force and pay heed to the rhythm of life. With this composition, I want to encourage everyone and remind everyone, no matter what happens, there is always something to live for”, the young composer Silvija Miliūnaitė-Bliūdžiuvienė says about her new opus Drive for Life.

We know Andrius Žlabys as a famous pianist, and now he appears as a composer. “The five movements of the work reflect different nuances of the sense of the flow of time, akin to the sand slipping through your fingers, reminding of both sad and beautiful events. In my new opus, I attempted to capture this fickle feeling so I could come back and experience it again, maybe even stop for a short time. Only music allows one to do that”, he says about his opus Kaleidoscope of Lost Time

Alfred Schnittke’s name is usually associated with polystylism, combining the features of different musical epochs, which merge in a special “spatial” context and are being perceived from a time perspective. During this polystylist period, permeated with “documentary” quotes, Schnittke composed the Concerto for piano and strings (1979), saturated with tensions between theses and antitheses: from Orthodox hymns, Prokofiev’s reminiscences and contemplative episodes to dodecaphonic series and elemental aggression of dissonance. In the composition written in one extended movement, the composer creates a structural hybrid by crossing models of variations, sonata and cyclic forms.

The famous Argentine musician and composer Ástor Piazzolla fundamentally changed traditional understanding of tango. He enriched this dance with elements of jazz and classical music. He is considered to be the father of the Tango Nuevo style. Piazzolla was also a great bandoneonist, performed his works with famous bands. In his homeland Argentina, he is known as El Gran Ástor. Dedicated to Piazzolla's centenary, Tres minutos con la realidad, Fuga y misterio  and Michelangelo 70 is a striking examples of Tango Nuevo.

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