Baiba Skride’s natural approach to music-making has endeared her to many of today’s most prestigious conductors and orchestras worldwide. She performs regularly with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys close collaborations with notable conductors such as Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Edward Gardner, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Dima Slobodeniouk, John Storgårds, Juraj Valcuha and Kazuki Yamada.
Highlights of the 2023/24 season include her return to the Berliner Philharmoniker with Andris Nelsons for a performance of Gubaidulina’s “Ich und Du” and Münchner Philharmoniker for the Berg violin concerto. In addition, Skride returns to New York Philharmonic with Santtu-Matias Rouvali, and to Oregon Symphony with Kristiina Poska.
Baiba Skride is an internationally sought-after chamber musician and performs regularly in a duo with her sister Lauma Skride. She is one of the founding members of the Skride Quartet, who have performed at venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Wigmore Hall London and Louvre Paris, plus tours in North America and Australia.
Baiba Skride’s latest album “Violin Unlimited” was released in May 2022. Her prolific discography includes all Mozart concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Bartók with the WDR Sinfonieorchester, both with Eivind Aadland, as well as an American disc featuring Bernstein, Korngold and Rózsa with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Santtu-Matias Rouvali, and the debut recording of the Skride Quartet, all under the Orfeo label.
In the 2022/23 season, Baiba Skride completed her recordings of both Shostakovich violin concertos for Deutsche Grammophon with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, due for release in 2024.
Skride was born into a musical Latvian family in Riga and continued her studies from 1995 with Petru Munteanu at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre. In 2001 she won the first prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. She plays the Yfrah Neaman Stradivarius kindly on loan by the Neaman family through the Beare’s International Violin Society.
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„Skride impresses from the outset, grabbing the attention in the haunting opening phrases of Bernstein’s Serenade, and describing the violin’s expansive line with piercing clarity. Her virtuosity never falters through its five quixotic movements, and particularly lovely is the achingly beautiful fourth movement, ‘Agathon’.“
„As this appropriately refined and witty performance from Latvian violinist Baiba Skride reminded us, the piece does at times attain a refined dancing rapture. Sensuality was kept firmly at bay by lemony dissonances in the melodic line, touched in by Skride and the orchestra with insinuating slyness.“
„Death, desperation, anger and sarcasm – in the musical figure of the piercingly intense solist Baiba Skride“
„The violin sound of Skride whirs beguilingly; dauntingly seductive, she takes up the melodies which carry the audience into a sombre world. Skride creates such a gigantic volume that it almost sounds like she has a violoncello under her chin. Phenomenal.“
„“The brilliant Latvian violinist Baiba Skride gave a magnificent account of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Her distinctive sound — full-bodied and sumptuous but never forced — ideally suited the passages of melting lyricism and nobility. She brought tender grace to the rueful slow movement. And, with the alert Ms. Malkki there to keep the orchestra right with her, Ms. Skride tore through the breathless finale with impetuous energy and impressive precision.”“