Baiba Skride’s natural approach to her music-making has endeared her to some of today’s most important conductors and orchestras worldwide. She is consistently invited for her refreshing interpretations, her sensitivity and delight in the music. The list of prestigious orchestras with whom she has worked include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sinfo- nieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and NHK Symphony. Notable conductors she col- laborates with include Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Yan- nick Nézet-Séguin, John Storgårds, Mario Venzago.
Following her debut at the BBC Proms with Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko with Szy- manowski concerto no.1, Geoff Brown in The Times noted, ‘Latvian violinist Baiba Skride sailed over the orchestra’s magic forest with long lines of melody, silver and sweet.’ Skride was imme- diately re-invited and at the 2014 Proms she performs the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ed Gardner.
Highlights in the 2014/15 season include appearance with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/ An- dris Nelsons, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/ Vasily Petrenko, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/ Kazuki Yamada and Orchestre National de Lyon with Leonard Slatkin, includ- ing a concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus. On tour, Baiba will appear with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in cities such as Madrid, Vienna, Zagreb, Toulouse and Stuttgart. In the USA Baiba makes her much anticipated return with the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform Gubaidulina’s Offertorium, on the violin that the concerto was originally written. She also re- turns to St Paul Chamber Orchestra/John Storgards and Utah Symphony/ Thierry Fischer. Fur- ther afield, she appears with the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan and makes her debut with the Shanghai Symphony.
Chamber music highlights include performances at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg with Sol Gabetta and Bertrand Chamayou and in duo recitals with her sister, pianist Lauma Skride at the Concertebouw Amsterdam, Maastricht and Eindhoven. In the summer, she tours with Alban Gerhardt and Brett Dean in a quintet, including performances at the Wigmore Hall London, Bad Kissingen and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen.
Skride releases her fourth disc for Orfeo, featuring the Szymanowski concerti with Oslo Phil- harmonic/Petrenko, as well as the Szymanowski Mythes with Lauma Skirde. Previous record- ings include a Schumann disc with Danish National Symphony/Storgards, the Stravinsky and Frank Martin violin concertos with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales /Fischer, a Brahms CD box with Stockholm Philharmonic/ Oramo, a Tchaikovsky CD with the City of Birmingham Sym- phony Orchestra/ Nelsons and a duo disc with her sister (Schubert, Beethoven, Ravel).
Skride was born into a musical Latvian family in Riga where she began her studies, transferring in 1995 to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock. In 2001 she won the 1st prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. From November 2010 onwards Skride plays the Stradivarius
‘’Ex Baron Feilitzsch’’ violin (1734), which is generously on loan to her from Gidon Kremer.
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