‘’Skride’s upper tones were poised and crystalline, her lower registers sang almost vocally, and her bowing was sparkling and fluent; she is certainly as one with her generously on-loan Strad.’’ The Birmingham Post
Baiba Skride has appeared with prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and the US orchestras of Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Cleveland. Conductors she regularly collaborates with include Thierry Fischer, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, John Storgårds and Mario Venzago.
Recent highlights included Skride’s much anticipated debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons on which the Boston Classical Review noted: “But in the end, the night belonged to Nelsons’s compatriot, violinist Baiba Skride, whose eloquent, riveting performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 will not soon be forgotten.” Up-coming US dates include the Atlanta and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras as well as the Naples Philharmonic in Florida.
This summer 2013 she gives her debut at the BBC Proms with the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, playing Szymanowski violin concerto No.1, which will also be released on recording in 2014. Beyond this the 2013/14 sees her perform with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Vienna Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Swedish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic and Luxembourg Philharmonic, which includes a tour to St Petersburg and Moscow. Her Mozart residency with the RTE National Symphony Dublin comes to an end with play direct performances of concertos No.1-3. On the Southern Hemisphere she is returning to perform with Melbourne Symphony, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Chamber music highlights include performances at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Konzerthaus Vienna and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She will be joined by her chamber music partner and sister, Lauma Skride, their third sister Linda Skride (viola), Julian Steckel and Alban Gerhard for performances of the Skride Quartet, at festivals including Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Rheingau Musikfestival.
Skride releases a Schumann CD with the Danish National Symphony and John Storgårds this June (Orfeo). Previous recordings include amongst others the Stravinsky and Frank Martin violin concertos with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thierry Fische, a Brahms CD box with Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, a Tchaikovsky CD with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and 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.