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.
His repertoire encompasses standard classical scores and music by leading twentieth and twentyfirst century composers. 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, whose works he performs in ways that respect tradition while
being fully alive to their freshness and originality. 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.
Gidon 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
honours 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 Gidon Kremer has received a Praemium Imperiale prize that is widely considered
to be the Nobel Prize of music.
In 1997 Gidon Kremer founded the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica to foster outstanding
young musicians from the Baltic States. The ensemble tours extensively and has recorded almost
30 albums for the Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, ECM labels. In 2016/17 Kremerata Baltica
was on landmark tours through Middle East, North America, Europe, and Asia to celebrate the
orchestra’s 20th anniversary.
His commitment to the “discovery” of the composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, for which Kremer has
rendered particularly outstanding services in recent years, should also be emphasized. In 2019,
Deutsche Grammophon and Accentus Music released albums recorded by and with Gidon
Kremer with orchestral and chamber music works by Weinberg.