"A passionate, heart-on-sleeve player, she attacked the opening with such richness of tone that her Stradivarius sounded more like a viola than a violin. The subsequent swerves between lyricism and aggression were superbly negotiated."
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, May 2015 (Bartok 2)
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, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and NHK Symphony. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.
European highlights in 2015/16 include her return to Berlin Philharmonic with Andris Nelsons playing Shostakovich violin concerto No.1 and her debut with the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam performing Britten’s violin concerto. Skride is Artist in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, including concerto and chamber music performances. She returns to Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National, Zurich Opera Orchestra and Hamburger Philharmoniker.
After her return to Boston Symphony with Gubaidulina’s Offertorium last November, she was invited for a concerto and chamber music performance at Tanglewood Music Festival 2015 with Christian Zacharias. This is followed by her highly anticipated debuts with New York Philharmonic and Eschenbach playing Bartok violin concerto No. 2, with National Symphony of Washington and Toronto Symphony. She returns to the orchestras of Seattle, Detroit and Naples.
Earlier in 2015/16 Skride performed with Helsinki Philharmonic and Storgards at the Palacio des Bellas Arte in Mexico, before she gave her debuts with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de Sao Paulo and Filharmonica de Minas Gerais. She crossed the hemispheres again for a tour with the New Zealand Symphony. In Asia she returned to Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
Chamber music highlights include performances at the Concertgebouw and Wigmore in duo recitals with her sister, pianist Lauma Skride. They will be joined by Daniel Müller-Schott for trio performances including the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and in Bonn. Other partnerships this season include her trio with Sol Gabetta and Bertrand Chamayou.
In August 2015 Skride released her fifth disc for Orfeo, featuring the Nielsen and Sibelius concertos and 2 Serenades with Tampere Philharmonic/ Santtu-Matias Rouvali. The preceding CD containing the Szymanowski concertos with Oslo Philharmonic/Petrenko and Mythes with Lauma Skride received the Award of the German Record Critics and was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award. Earlier recordings include a Schumann CD with Danish National Symphony/ Storgårds, a Stravinsky and Martin concerto CD with BBC National Orchestra of Wales /Fischer, a Brahms box with Stockholm Philharmonic/ Oramo, a Tchaikovsky CD with CBSO/ Nelsons.
Skride was born into a musical Latvian family in Riga where she began her studies, then transferring in 1995 to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock. In 2001 she won the 1st Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Since November 2010 Skride has played the Stradivarius “Ex Baron Feilitzsch” violin (1734), which is generously on loan to her from Gidon Kremer.
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