"Baiba Skride performed the concerto [Berg] almost like a prayer to the deeply moved audience, supported by Nelsons and the Berlin Philharmonics in the most tender way. Her Bach-encore was the icing on the cake.” Berliner Morgenpost
Baiba Skride has appeared with prestigious orchestras such as the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and the US orchestras of Philadelphia, Houston and Cincinnati. Conductors she regularly collaborates with include Charles Dutoit, Thierry Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, John Storgårds and with her peers, Andris Nelsons , Kirill Petrenko and Vasily Petrenko.
Recent highlights included Baiba Skride’s much anticipated debut with the Berlin Philharmonic playing Berg “To the memory of an Angel” with Andris Nelsons. The 2011/12 season sees their close collaborations continue with the Philharmonia Orchestra London performing Bruch violin concerto No.1 and with City of Birmingham Orchestra. She opens her Mozart residency with the RTE National Symphony Dublin performing all Mozart violin concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante. Skride performs with the Danish National Symphony and Thomas Sondergård, Stockholm Philharmonic and Niklas Willen, the Helsinki Philharmonic and Olari Elts, the Vienna Radio Symphony and Cornelius Meister, the Tonkünstler Orchester and John Storgårds, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Czech Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon.
In the USA Baiba Skride’s highlights include debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra at their Blossom Music Festival with Bramwell Tovey and further afield with the Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons performing Shostakovich’s violin concerto No 2.
Skride’s growing commitment to contemporary music sees her world premiere the double concerto by the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen with the Royal Danish and the Swedish Chamber Orchestras, with her long established chamber music partner and sister Lauma Skride. The duo enjoys great international acclaim following tours of North America and Japan. European appearances include the Wigmore Hall London and Gewandhaus Leipzig. Collaborations with Maxim Rysanov, Sol Gabetta and Bertrand Chamayou take her to the Schubertiade Hohenems.
Baiba Skride just released a Brahms CD box with the Orfeo label, including the violin concerto with the Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, as well as the Brahms Hungarian Dances with Lauma Skride. Her celebrated discography includes a Tchaikovsky CD with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, a duo recording with her sister (Schubert, Beethoven, Ravel), a solo violin disc (Ysaye, Bartok, Bach) and two concerto discs (Mozart, Schubert, M. Haydn; Shostakovich, Janacek), all for Sony.
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 Baiba plays the Stradivarius ‘’Ex Baron Feilitzsch’’ violin (1734), which is generously on loan to her from Gidon Kremer.