Gidon Kremer Trio
Date of EventWednesday, 20. 5. 2020 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 22.00
Event placeRudolfinum – Dvořák Hall
Price450 - 1 500 CZK
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 97 “Archduke”
- Mieczysław Weinberg: composition for solo violin TBA
- Mieczysław Weinberg: Piano Trio Op. 24
- Gidon Kremer - violin
- Julianna Avdějeva - piano
- Giedré Dirvanauskaité - violoncello
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Gidon Kremer has been a glowing musical presence on Mount Parnassus for five decades. It was in 1976 that Herbert von Karajan famously called Kremer the greatest living violinist. But it was six years earlier that he won the great Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in phenomenal fashion with technical brilliance and fiery musicality. He is an artist who stands out from the crowd. When planning programmes, he refuses to fall in line with any expectations or to pigeonhole anything; he seeks his own path. He immerses himself in the music of a little-known composer, then he makes the music famous on the world’s stages. This is something the Prague Spring public has already witnessed at any one of this ten festival concerts (he first appeared in 1974). At his Prague Spring recital in 1979, for example, he played Spiegel im Spiegel by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärta, just a year after its world premiere, and long before the piece became a part of the repertoire of many other violinists.
Each year, the Berlin Konzerthaus chooses an artist to whom to dedicate an entire festival. In the autumn of 2019, Gidon Kremer was given this honour. In the course of ten days, he played seventeen concerts alongside a remarkable number of wonderful artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, and Martha Argerich. Kremer planned the programming of the festival as a tribute to the composer Mieczysław Weinberg, whom Kremer has been promoting intensively for many years.
In the context of one performance, the critic for the Los Angeles Times noticed the following about Kremer’s playing: “Kremer has become the conscience of the music business. He has used his celebrity to promote important new music, introducing the West to such Russian and Eastern European composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt and Sofia Gubaidulina. Kremer was the first international star soloist to promote Philip Glass, or any Minimalist, for that matter.”
It is no surprise that the music of Mieczysław Weinberg, a contemporary of Dmitri Shostakovich, will also be represented on this concert. Kremer’s musical partners will be the pianist Yulianna Avdeeva and the cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite.
The artistic career of Yulianna Avdeeva was launched by her sensational triumph at the Chopin Competition in 2010. Prague Spring audience members were able to convince themselves of her ability the very next year. A critic from the Financial Times describes her as an artist who is “able to let the music breathe”. The public gets an authentic interpretation without superficial gestures and embellishments, and at the same time, her playing is tremendously energetic and elegant.
Giedré Dirvanauskaité is one of the founding members of Kremer’s chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, in which she leads the cello section to this day. She also appears regularly with Kremer in a trio. A number of famous pianists have appeared together with her – with Daniil Trifonov in 2015 she toured Europe and American, and in 2018 they thrilled a Carnegie Hall audience. She has also gone on several tours with Yefim Bronfman, Seong-Jin Cho (winner of the 2015 Chopin Competition, who is known to the Czech public from his 2016 Prague Spring recital), and Khatia Buniatishvili. She has issued many recordings. In connection with this concert, mention should be made of the double album of music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2015.