Baryshnikov Arts Center

Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Gidon Kremer

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2017

“Gidon Kremer’s incandescent violin playing illuminates any style of music he chooses to focus on.”
-The New Yorker

Violin legend Gidon Kremer performs 24 Preludes by 20th century Polish-born Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, whose music shares common ground with that of his friend and mentor Shostakovich, while maintaining its originality by incorporating myriad musical styles. A champion of Weinberg, Kremer gives the first U.S. performance of his transcription of the composer’s technically and emotionally complex score.

Program

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: 24 Preludes, Op. 100 (transcribed from cello to violin by Gidon Kremer)

Leadership support for music programming in 2017 provided by the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.


Artist Bio
Gidon Kremer

Gidon Kremer

Driven by his strikingly uncompromising artistic philosophy, Gidon Kremer has established a worldwide reputation as one of his generation’s most original and compelling artists. He has championed the works of Russian and Eastern European composers and performed many important new compositions, several of which have been dedicated to him.

His name is closely associated with such composers 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, Leonid Desyatnikov, and Astor Piazzolla. 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 music for violin. Kremer has recorded over 120 albums, many of which have received prestigious international awards in recognition of their exceptional interpretative insights. His long list of honors and awards include the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Moscow’s Triumph Prize, the Unesco Prize and the Una Vita Nella Musica – Artur Rubinstein Prize. In 2016 Kremer received a Praemium Imperiale prize that is widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of music.

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