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

Strad Magazine
23 / 28

Biography

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, Concertgebouw Orkest. Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre deParis, London Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and NHK Symphony. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Christoph Eschenbach, Thierry Fischer, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, John Storgårds and Kazuki Yamada.

European highlights for the 2016/17 season include debuts with Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. She will return to the Vienna Symphony with Gustavo Gimeno, the Stockholm, Bergen and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko. She opens the season for Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with Alain Altinoglu before embarking on a tour to Northern Europe. Further afield, she performs with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra/Cornelius Meister, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra/ Thierry Fischer and returns to the Sydney, Tasmanian, and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras.


 

In February 2016, Baiba Skride made her debut with the New York Philharmonic with Christoph Eschenbach. The concerts were a huge success with Vivien Schweitzer in the New York Times writing, “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.’’ This season Baiba Skride will appear with Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, as well as Boston Symphony for the American premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan.

Baiba Skride is a sought after chamber musician, regularly performing at festivals and venues, such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Bad Kissingen and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen. In the 2016/17 season she appears in a new piano quartet with Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud performing at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Malmö Chamber Festival and BASF Ludwigshafen. Other artists she collaborates with include Bertrand Chamayou, Brett Dean, Sol Gabetta, Alban Gerhardt, Xavier de Maistre and Daniel Mueller-Schott.

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. Baiba Skride plays the Yfrah Neaman Stradivarius kindly loaned to her by the Neaman family through the Beares International Violin Society.

SEASON 2016/2017

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“Stenhammar's relatively early Violin Sonata combines romantic ardour and lyrical generosity with playfulness in a manner not quite like anyone else. This is very mushc a sonata 'for' the violin, and Baiba Skride clearly relishes its masterly solo writing.”

BBC Music Magazine, Stephen Johnson, 12.2016

“Skride exhibited virtuosity, musicality and absolute control and mastery of dynamics from the very first moment. There were no passages too technically difficult that could have phased her. On the contrary, she seemed to ease into the performance with a luminous naturalness. And her dialogue with the orchestra was always agile and fluid [...]”

elPeriodico, César López Rosell, 26.11.2016

“She is a player of rare intelligence and individuality [...].”

Gramophone, Andrew Mellor, 10.2016

“She brought out the tenderness and introspection in Sibelius' circling lyrical passages. Her playing had a wonderful purity, clarity and quiet to match the patience of the music, especially in the hushed soliloquy that is the slow movement.”

Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, 28.10.2016

“Double-stopped layers Skride dispatched like child's play, and to the score's extended, twisting ruminations, she applied the precision of a laser beam. Snarling anger and biting sarcasm also came naturally to her, and her Adagio possessed both the power and molten intensity of a lava stream.”

Cleveland.com, Zachary Lewis, 17.10.2016

“Of course she was brilliant, but essentially her performance had a depth of delicacy and rapture that froze me to my seat. There were no two ways about it, Skride’s playing was in another league. I could not believe that a single instrument could fill the Hall with such silky precision while creating endless, gorgeous melodies.”

The Express, Jeffrey Taylor, 04.09.2016

“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

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Discography

Violin Sonatas & PiecesGrieg I Nielsen I Sibelius I StenhammarJun. 2016, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
Nielsen SibeliusViolin Concertos | 2 SerenadesAug. 2015, Orfeo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
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

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