PianoLauma Skride
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[...] truly spine-tingling - it made me want to go straight back to the beginning again and learn more.

BBC Music Magazine
22 / 28

Biography

Lauma Skride's playing is 'wonderfully sensitive, with marvellous tone quality, and always with highly virtuosic vigour', according to a review by the Bavarian Broadcasting Service. Combined with brilliant technique, these are the qualities with which Lauma Skride captivates audiences on major concert stages throughout the world, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Lauma Skride, who was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. In recent seasons, Lauma Skride has appeared with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, and the Orquesta de Gran Canaria. Lauma Skride performs with such conductors as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, Peter Ruzicka, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter, André de Ridder, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Cornelius Meister.

In the past years she played with the Tapiola Sinfonietta under Mario Venzago, the Heidelberg Philharmonic under Jorma Panula, the Essener Philharmoniker under Tomas Netopil, with Osnabrücker Symphoniker and Staatsorchester Bremerhaven. She also went on tour with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and her sister, violinist Baiba Skride.


 

Lauma Skride is also committed to the long established duo with her sister. In October 2011, the duo premiered Hans Abrahamsen’s double concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra – a work that was composed for the pair. Passionate energy, youthful vigour and musical sensitivity have become the trademarks of the Skride duo. Other chamber music partners of Lauma Skride include cellist Daniel Müller-Schott,  Sol Gabetta and Julian Steckel, as well as Jörg Widmann and Christian Tetzlaff and the Armida Quartett.

A new chamber music project brings her together with Baiba Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud with concerts at the Schubertiade, in Vienna, Baden-Baden, Darmstadt and Ludwigshafen.

Lauma Skride recorded Fanny Hensel's piano cycle Das Jahr for Sony in 2007 and received an ECHO Classic Award as Best Young Artist for this recording. Together with Baiba in 2011 she recorded the transcription of Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances for violin and piano by Joseph Joachim for ORFEO. In 2015 they released a CD with a pure Scandinavian repertoire.

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1982, Lauma Skride is the youngest of three daughters in a musical family. She began playing the piano at the age of five and was later a pupil of Anita Paze at the Emil Darzin School of Music in Riga. She then studied under Volker Banfield at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Lauma Skride has participated in numerous international competitions since the age of eleven, among them the Maria Canals Competition in Spain and the Cleveland International Piano Competition in the USA, and has won several prizes.

SEASON 2015/2016

Quotes

“The performance is wonderfully judged and executed throughout, and Lauma Skride's rapid repeated notes at the end are truly spine-tingling - it made me want to go straight back to the beginning again and learn more.”

BBC Music Magazine, Stephen Johnson, 12.16

“Lauma makes this performance, marrying elfin dexterity with fresh air to which her sister responds with delicacy, a fullness of tone even at low volumes and that sense of innocence so central to the piece.”

Gramophone, Andrew Mellor, 10.16

“When they cut loose in these Bartók-like folk-influenced miniatures the sense of abrupt, raw excitement was compelling.”

The Times, Richard Morrison, 04.05.16

“The romantic phrases of Stenhammar's Sonata gleam in the best possible light”

Irish Independent, Pat O'Kelly, 17.06.15

“The two sisters form an excellent partnership, keenly balanced and richly expressive, and there is much to enjoy in their performances together.”

GoldenPlec, Michael Lee, 16.06.15

“[...] had a sparkling touch, ideal pedal technique and provided a considerate yet confident partnership.”

Saarbrücker Zeitung, 26.01.14

“The younger Skride showed a positive genius for soft playing. There was no lack of power — in places like the many full-voiced passages in the Brahms, or the opening of the Shostakovich’s Largo third movement, she achieved an arresting depth of tone. Her capacity to play lightly and perfectly evenly at once, though, was the marvel. So light a touch almost always means an occasional note that doesn’t speak, or speaks imperfectly. Lauma Skride, however, pulled off every risk. And there were many risks.”

San Francisco Classical Voice, Michelle Dulak Thomson, 04.05.10

“The pianist matched her sister’s moods seamlessly, with playing that was noble, polished and sonorous”

Cincinatti.com, Janelle Gelfand, 03.05.10

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Discography

Violin Sonatas & PiecesGrieg I Nielsen I Sibelius I StenhammarJun. 2016, Orfeo, CD, Available on: Amazon
The YearLauma Skride with the piano cycle The Year by Fanny Mendelssohn-HenselJan. 2007, Sony Classical, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon