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Gidon Kremer (b01/01/1947)

Having received his first violin instruction at the age of four from his German-Jewish father (a Holocaust survivor) in Riga, Gidon Kremer continued his studies at the Latvian Academy and then with David Oistrakh in Moscow. His success at several major competitions between 1967 and 1970 led to a significant number of concert engagements, but he was not allowed to perform outside the USSR until 1975. An encounter with Karajan at his London début immediately afforded Kremer further European opportunities, including an appearance at the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival. Since then he has been a major figure on the international platform, performing a notably wide repertoire and specialising to some extent in new music. His enterprising character is reflected in his initiation of a festival (known as Kremerata Musica) in Lockenhaus, Austria to promote contemporary and lesser-known music, as well as the formation of an orchestra (Kremerata Baltica) of young players from the Baltic States which has performed successfully around the world. Works written for him include Pärt’s Tabula Rasa, Denisov’s Violin Concerto, Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura and several pieces by Schnittke. With Schnittke and his first wife, Tatiana Grindenko, Kremer took part during the pre-Gorbachev Soviet years in performances of ‘unauthorised’ music such as the Gubaidulina and Suslin works included here (both composers were considered subversive by the Ministry of Culture). Kremer’s discography of over 300

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