Gidon Kremer takes a UK residency

Gidon Kremer takes a UK residency


norman lebrecht

May 09, 2018

The Latvian violinist and director will establish a British base next season as artist in residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Its music director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, is an admirer of Kremer’s and she is planning 23 concerts in a series titled The Baltic Way, on the music of the seaboard states, 30 years after their liberation from Russian rule.

Kazuki Yamada will become principal guest conductor, it was announced this morning.



  • Christopher Clift says:

    Speaking personally (and selfishly) this is great news and good for the CBSO and Mirga for securing such a talented performer.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Lucky Birmingham.
    How refreshing to read Birmingham news without needless overemphasis on Mirga.

    • Christopher Clift says:

      One has to accept that it is NOT Mirga’s wish to hog the media limelight, but the media who choose and set the agenda.

      • Petros LInardos says:

        I can easily believe what you are saying, and have sometimes been wondering what Mirga or, say, Jaap van Zweden think of all this nonsense.

  • Jeremy Atkin says:

    Is Mirga still married to the percussionist in Heidleberg Symphony Orch ?

    • Christopher Clift says:

      Was she ever married…… anyone? The news of her pregnancy only made mention (I think) of ‘her partner’

      • Christopher Clift says:

        Anyway, what has Mirga’s marital situation got to do with the appointment of Kidon Kremer as artist in residence at the CBSO?

        • John Kelly says:

          If she isn’t married, Jeremey may be looking for his nearest jeweler……….

          • Christopher Clift says:

            More likely looking to find out the nearest mother and baby shop in Birmingham