ViolinBaiba Skride
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„Baiba Skride is never less than mesmerising in the Brahms Concerto“

Strad Magazine
22 / 27


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 with Britten’s violin concerto. Skride is Artist in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which she gives 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 performs with Helsinki Philharmonic and Storgards at the Palacio des Bellas Arte in Mexico, before she gives her debuts with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de Sao Paulo and Filharmonica de Minas Gerais. She crosses the Hemispheres again for a tour with the New Zealand Symphony. In Asia she returns 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 releases her fifth disc for Orfeo, featuring the Nielsen and Sibelius concertos and 2 Serenades with Tampere Philharmonic/ Santtu-Matias Rouvali. The preceding CD with 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, transferring in 1995 to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock. In 2001 she won the 1st prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Since November 2010 Skride plays the Stradivarius ‘’Ex Baron Feilitzsch’’ violin (1734), which is generously on loan to her from Gidon Kremer.

SEASON 2015/2016


“Ms. Skride brought a wide tonal palette to her insightful and passionate interpretation, her tone meaty and bold to open, then sweet, gossamer and brash. The lyrical lines unfolded with soaring energy, and she surmounted the technical challenges with aplomb.”

New York Times, Vivien Schweitzer, 26.02.2016

“She had much to say about the music, through gutsy attack, tender lyricism and sheer musicianship, which freshly shaded and shaped the score to passionate heights and confiding entreaties.”

Classical Source, Colin Anderson, 12.02.2016

“Skride’s pure, shimmering tone has a way of creating an aura around itself: the most memorable moments of this performance were the quietest and Skride’s delicate final gesture spoke louder than any number of lush climaxes.”

Birmingham Post, Richard Bratby, 05.02.2016

“The notes out of Skride violin were pure and clear as crystal, a prodigious of honesty and delicacy. Her approach is just fine with the style and the composer.”

Opera World, Carlos J. Lopez, 23.01.2016

“Skride played with unfailing eloquence, energy and refinement (and spot-on accuracy) through all the various complexities that Prokofiev packed in for the soloist, cadenza or not. It was a joy to hear someone playing at this level on an instrument this beautiful.”

Ionarts, Charles T. Downey, 16.01.2016

“Skride played sparkling trills and solid double stops, and the work between orchestra and soloist seemed so tight the usually reserved Naples audience broke tradition and applauded.”

Naples Daily News, Harriet Howard Heithaus, 9.01.2016

“If anyone needed converting to Schumann's enigmatic Violin Concerto, this was the performance to do it, with soloist Baibe Skride so persuasive in her advocacy. This CBSO Artist in Residence made light of the work's awesome technical difficulties, multiple-stopping despatched with ease, and instead drew all our attention to the music's tortured poetry, written at a time when the composer was so poignantly close to insanity.”

Birmingham Post, Christopher Morley, 6.11.2015

“Her Adagio [in Nielsen Violin Concerto] is simultaneously luminous and intensely sad – so beautiful that I had to listen to that movement on repeat.”

The Guardian, Kate Molleson, 24.09.2015

“Top-notch violin playing.”

Otago Daily Times, Geoff Adams, 31.08.2015

“She soars through the difficulties of the solo part with effortless virtuosity and intensity.”

Sunday Times, Hugh Canning, 30.08.2015

“Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto no. 2 is incredibly demanding, but Skride handled all its challenges with verve and skill. The warmth of her playing in the lower registers was especially profound, which allowed her to make a powerful musical entrance in the opening movement. She was mesmerizing, with beautiful vibrato and somehow evincing both clean and coarse textures.”

Bachtrack, Renée Reitsma, 02.05.2015

“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. [...] the evening’s high point – very exciting.”

The Guardian, Tim Ashley, 01.05.2015

“In a deeply instinctive interpretation, Skride brought to the high sustained lines a searing beauty and a brilliant vitality to the three testing cadenzas.”

The Guardian, Rian Evans, 11.02.2015

“The riveting performance belonged to the soloist, Baiba Skride, another talented young Latvian. Especially in the cadenza of the haunting slow movement, she gave heart-rending voice to Ms. Gubaidulina’s masterwork.”

Wall Street Journal, David Mermelstein, 18.11.2014

“Playing the complex work from memory, and wearing an unwavering expression of calm concentration, Skride produced a consistently slender, sweet tone that nevertheless carried over the large orchestra’s most robust outbursts.”

Boston Classical Review, David Wright, 07.11.2014

“It was a fine performance, full of personality and vitality, negotiating the composer’s considerable technical demands with enviable ease and playing with a radiant tonal clarity.”

The Strad, Tim Homfray, 11.2014

“Skride can pin you against the wall in terms of intensity of sound but just as important is her chamber-musical interaction with the orchestral players.”

Sinfini Music, Harriet Smith, 03.10.2014

“Skride’s range of timbre, like the astute blend and highlighting of colours that Petrenko draws from the Oslo Philharmonic, is an equally captivating feature of this magnetic performance […] this is an unmissable disc.”

The Telegraph, Geoffrey Norris, 15.09.2014

“As was the amazing Baiba Skride in a piece that she is fast claiming as her own - Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. She has probably the best recording of it around at the current time and no one addresses its quirkily inventive and highly capricious nature quite like she does.”

The Art Desk, Edward Seckerson, 19.08.2014

“The soloist Baiba Skride carries off this concept with superior virtuosity, shines with her enormously flexible tone and captivates in the Larghetto with mysterious pianissimo nuances.”

Kleine Zeitung, Ernst Naredi-Rainer, 29.01.2014

“Schumann’s poignant late essays make for an absorbing threesome and Baiba Skride is their ideal exponent, her overall approach limpid, quietly resilient and tonally alluring, her handling of the slower music heartbreakingly poignant.”

Gramophone Magazine, Rob Cowan, 10.2013

“It was a typical Skride performance: passionate and risk-taking.”

The Guardian, Andrew Clemens, 21.10.2013

“Latvian violinist Baiba Skride sailed over the orchestra’s magic forest with long lines of melody, silver and sweet.”

The Times, Geoff Brown, 04.09.2013

“The range of Skride’s colour was extraordinary and amply revealed in the cadenza where the earthiest, gruffest, colours were set alongside the highest-flown.”

The Arts Desk, Edward Seckerson, 03.09.2013

“She plays the concerto as a whole with poise, subtlety, and self-possession.”

Boston Globe, Jeremy Eichler, 01.02.2013

“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.”

Boston Classical Review, David Wright, 01.02.2013

“Every so often a [violinist] comes along who also has something more important: the capacity to draw the listener in as well as to impress, with characterisation skills to match. This young Latvian player has all of this, and then some.”

BBC Music Magazine, John Allison, 30.09.2012

“Gidon Kremer performed the piece when it was new; Skride armed with his old Stradivarius, played commandingly - but without a shred of false emotion.”

The Times, Neil Fisher, 30.08.12

“Baiba Skride, by now a performer with world-wide experience, played the solo part full of fantasy and with a flexible sound, which merged well with the refined colours of the orchestra.”

Thüringer Landeszeitung, Hans-Jürgen Thiers, 27.02.12

“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, Christopher Morley, 7.11.11

“It reveals Baiba Skride as the complete violinist, with an exceptionally precise, reliable technique, splendid tone and presence, and discerning musicianship, who makes the quietest moments tell.”

Gramophone Magazine, Duncan Druce, 10.11

“Baiba Skride is never less than mesmerising in the Brahms Concerto, every phrase given full expressive weight in a a richly imagined reading.”

Strad Magazine, Catherine Nelson, 9.11

“She was lyrical and intense in the opening Allegro moderato and the deeply felt Adagio, and brought considerable fire to the Allegro energico finale, where her sure-fingered technique and interpretive poise earned her a loud and long ovation.”, Mark Satola, 8.08.11

“It was marvelous to see in this young violinist the maturity of sound and musicianship of some of the fully seasoned master violinists of the past.”

Kansas City Star, Timothy McDonalds, 6.02.11

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Karol Szymanowski - Violin concertos & MythsBaiba Skride plays violin concertos by Karol Szymanowski together with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko and 'Myths' with Lauma Skride at the piano.Sep. 2014, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Robert Schumann Violinkonzerte • PhantasieThis CD of Baiba Skride, John Storgårds and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra features works by Schumann, including the renowned Violin Concerto.Jul. 2013, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Stravinsky & Martin: Violin concertosBaiba Skride plays violin concertos by Stravinsky and Frank Martin, together with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry FischerMay. 2012, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Brahms: Violin Concerto and Hungarian DancesSkride plays Brahms Violin Concerto with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, and together with her sister Lauma Skride the Hungarian DancesMay. 2011, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Souvenir RusseBaiba Skride performs music by Tchaikovsky with the CBSO under the baton of Andris NelsonsJan. 2008, Sony, , Available on: iTunes Amazon
The Duo SessionsThe sisters Baiba & Lauma Skride play duo sonatas by Beethoven, Ravel and SchubertMay. 2007, Sony, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Shostakovich & Janaček: Violin concertosA live disc with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra BerlinJan. 2006, Sony, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon