April 22, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: April 22, 2002 MIDDLEBURY, VT - World-renowned Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer will make his Middlebury College Performing Arts Series debut with an exceptional two-intermission all-Bach program beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 4, in the Concert Hall at the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30).

The program will feature Bach's complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin-an undertaking typical of the effort on which Kremer has built a worldwide reputation over a 25-year career.

After a 1997 appearance with the New York Philharmonic, The New York Times wrote: "As so often before, Gidon Kremer showed in a brilliant performance … that he may just be the finest and most versatile violinist of the day."

Kremer is at home on the major concert stages of Europe and America, alongside celebrated orchestras and working with leading conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Andre Previn, Claudio Abbado and Sir Neville Marriner. A prolific recording artist, Kremer has recorded more than 100 albums.

Newsday calls Kremer "ceaselessly original and inquisitive" onstage, "one of those few performers capable of exalting the music he plays."

Kremer's repertoire is vast. While he embraces the standard, classical and Romantic violin works, he thrills in exploring contemporary compositions by 20th century masters, such as Henze, Berg and Stockhausen. Kremer says he views music as an "expansion of the spirit." To that end, he gives a high profile to works of living Russian and Eastern European composers in particular.

To cultivate new repertoire, Kremer founded a summer music festival 20 years ago in the small Austrian village of Lockenhaus. The intimate, informal gathering pairs musicians from all over the world to collaborate and create new music. Festival artists subsequently tour throughout the world. Kremer also founded the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra in 1996 to foster exceptional young artists from the Baltic states. He tours frequently with the group as artistic director and soloist.

Born in 1947 in Riga, Latvia, Kremer has been playing violin since age four. His formal training included an apprenticeship under master David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory.

His May 4 concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. (The concert will begin at 7 p.m., which is an hour earlier than it was originally scheduled to begin according to the Middlebury College 2001-2002 Arts Calendar.) Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. For tickets or information, contact the College box office at 802-443-6433.