World famous violinist will perform in Baku

By Laman Ismayilova

The Heydar Aliyev Center will celebrate the 75th birthday of Gidon Kremer, known as one of the world’s greatest violinists.

The concert dedicated to the legendary musician will take place on March 5.

Together with the famous maestro, violinist Madara Petersone (Latvia) and the Baku Chamber Orchestra will perform on stage under the direction of Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Fuad Ibrahimov.

Driven by his astonishingly uncompromising artistic philosophy, Gidon Kremer earned a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation.

His vast repertoire includes standard classical scores and music by great composers from the 20th to the 21st century. It is fair to say that no other soloist of comparable international stature has done more to promote the cause of contemporary composers and new violin music.

His name is closely associated with composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Edison Denisov, Aribert Reimann, Pēteris Vasks, John Adams, Victor Kissine, Michael Nyman, Philip Glass. Many of them dedicated their works to him, the first performer of which was usually the Maestro himself.

An international violinist, he performs with the greatest orchestras and the most prestigious conductors, such as Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Herbert von Karajan, Nikolaus Arnoncourt or Seiji Ozawa.

In 1997, Gidon Kremer founded the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica to bring together outstanding young musicians from the Baltic States. During its existence, the orchestra has toured in more than 50 countries. With the ensemble, outstanding artists of our time such as Jesse Norman, Mikhail Pletnev, Thomas Zeitmeier, Yo-Yo Ma and many others have performed. The musicians recorded more than 50 CDs, one of which in 2002 the orchestra received two prestigious awards – GRAMMY and ECHO.

Gidon Kremer has recorded more than 120 albums, many of which have received prestigious international awards such as Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Moscow Triumph Prize, the Unesco Prize and the Una Vita Nella Musica – Artur Rubinstein Prize. In addition, in 2016, the Emperor of Japan awarded him the Imperial Praemium Prize, equivalent to the Nobel Prize in World Music.

This year is also marked by the 25th anniversary of the Kremerata Baltica orchestra, founded by Gidon Kremer.

Cultural personalities will celebrate their double anniversary with numerous concerts in the cities of Canada, America, Europe and Asia.

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