Preludes to a Lost Time (Imaginary Dialogues)
“Gidon Kremer’s incandescent violin playing illuminates any style of music he chooses to focus on.”
-The New Yorker
Violin legend Gidon Kremer performs the U.S. Premiere of his transcription of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s richly varied and complex 24 Preludes, originally scored for cello. Kremer is a champion of the Polish-born Soviet composer, whose music shares common ground with that of Shostakovich, while maintaining its originality by incorporating myriad musical styles. The preludes are paired with projections of powerful images by Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus, whose highly expressive art also responds to a particular vision of life in mid-20th century Soviet Union.
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: 24 Preludes, Op. 100 (transcribed from cello to violin by Gidon Kremer)
Photographs by Antanas Sutkus.
Leadership support for music programming in 2017 provided by the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
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 includes 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.
Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus initiated and served as Deputy Chairman of the Association of Lithuanian Photographers, served as Chairman of the Association of Lithuanian Art Photographers, and has served as Chairman of the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers since 1996.
He has been a member of the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers since 1970 and was named Honorary Chairman in 2009. He was named Honored Culture Worker of Lithuania in 1980, received the Lithuanian State Premium in 1983, was presented with the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas of the 4th degree in 1997; and received the Art Award of the Lithuanian Government in 1998. He was awarded the Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation grant for 2001-2002, to be applied to the documentation and conservation of his photograph archive. He received the National Premium for Art in 2003, the Golden Cross of the President of the Republic of Poland in 2006, and the Lithuanian Millennium Star in 2009. He was nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize in 2011, received the “Nešk savo šviesą ir tikėk” honor, and the ‘”Už nuopelnus Vilniui ir Tautai” medal in 2014. He was decorated in 2015 with The Order of the Republic of France for Art and Literature, and in 2017 with the Dr. Erich Solomon Prize, Germany.