- Baiba Skride,
- Lise Berthaud,
- Harriet Krijgh,
- Lauma Skride
Four chamber music lovers come together for a special project: highlights of piano quartets are on their repertoire.
Frank Bridge Klavierquartett Phantasy H.94
Beethoven Klavierquartett Es Dur, WoO 36/1
Richard Strauss Klavierquartett c-Moll op. 13
Richard Strauss Klavierquartett c-Moll op. 13
Schubert Forellenquintett, zusammen mit Matthew McDonald, Kontrabass
Baiba Skride, Violin
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...
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 Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre deParis, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Olari Elts, Christoph Eschenbach, Ed Gardner, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Andris Poga, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Dima Slobodeniouk, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds and Xian Zhang.
Summer 2017 sees her give her debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg. Festival appearances include the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Grafenegg Festival (on tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra). In the 2017/18 season, Skride returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker for the third time in 8 years, playing Shostakovich violin concerto No.2 under Dima Slobodeniouk’s baton. Further highlights include her return to New York Philharmonic with Susanna Mälkki and to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Andris Nelsons, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, a Spain tour with Copenhagen Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony Orchestra with a concert at Stockholm’s Konserthuset. In Asia she returns to NHK Symphony Orchestra and she makes her debut with Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras.
Contemporary music has become central to Baiba Skride’s music making. Her special relationship and admiration for Sofia Gubaidulina’s music reached another climax at the world premiere of Gubaidulina’s Triple concerto for violin, cello, and bayan with Boston Symphony Orchestra in February 2017. Baiba Skride is looking forward to further country premieres of the Triple concerto with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris in the 2017/18 season.
Baiba Skride is a sought after chamber musician internationally. Only last season she has formed the Skride Quartet with Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud. In 2017/18 invitations take them to the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, amongst others. In the same season she also performs in quintet with Alban Gerhard, Brett Dean, Gergana Gergova, Amihai Grosz including performances at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Tonhalle Zurich.
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.
Lise Berthaud, Viola
A remarked member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme for 2013-2015, Lise Berthaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding figure on the international music scene. She has performed in various prestigious concert venues throughout the world...
A remarked member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme for 2013-2015, Lise Berthaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding figure on the international music scene.
She has performed in various prestigious concert venues throughout the world (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Cheltenham Festival, Philharmonie de Paris, Festival de Montpellier-Radio France, Festival Berlioz de la Côte Saint-André, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, Davos Festival, Moritzburg Festival, Schubertiade Hohenems, Louisiana Museum in Denmark, Korlsholm festival in Finland, Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian Festival International de Colmar…) with such artists as Renaud Capuçon, Eric Le Sage, Augustin Dumay, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emmanuel Pahud, Gordan Nikollich, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alina Ibragimova, Veronika Eberle, Christian Poltera, Daishin Kashimoto, Quatuor Ebène, the Modigliani Quartet.
In October 2013, Leonard Slatkin invites Lise to perform and record (for Naxos) Harold in Italy with the Orchestre National de Lyon.
As a soloist, Lise has played with all BBC orchestras, including for her BBC Proms Debut in 2014 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton. Other solo engagements include the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, les Musiciens du Louvre, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paulo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, and various orchestras in France, with conductors like Sakari Oramo, Fabien Gabel, Emmanuel Krivine, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Litton, François Leleux, Paul Mc Creesh, Marc Minkowski.
After taking part in Eric Le Sage’s successful Schumann and Fauré recording, she released her first solo album in 2013 with pianist Adam Laloum under the French Aparté label. The disc featuring works by Brahms, Schumanna and Schubert was unanimously praised and won several awards in France.
Her passion for contemporary music has also lead her to collaborate with various composers, including Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich, Henri Dutilleux, Gyorgy Kurtag, Guillaume Connesson or Florentine Mulsant.
Lise Berthaud was born in 1982 and started studying the violin at the age of 5. She studied with Pierre-Henry Xuereb and Gérard Caussé at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and was a prize winner of the European Young Instrumentalists Competition in 2000. In 2005, she won the Hindemith Prize at the Geneva International Competition. She was short listed by the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2009 as “Révélation de l’Année” (Newcomer of the Year).
Lise plays a 1660 Antonio Casini viola, courtesy of Bernard Magrez.
Harriet Krijgh, Cello
Twenty-five year old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touches her audiences as soon as she is on the concert platform. 2016/2017 sees her make important debuts with Boston Symphony and...
Twenty-five year old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touches her audiences as soon as she is on the concert platform.
2016/2017 sees her make important debuts with Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons both in Boston’s Symphony Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall and with Sydney Symphony and Robert Spano. She also makes her North American recital debuts in San Francisco, Vancouver and Lincoln Centre, New York.
Harriet Krijgh also performs with orchestras like Frankfurt and Vienna Radio Symphonies, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Netherlands and Copenhagen Philharmonic under the batons of Cornelius Meister, Dennis Russell Davies and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Other recent highlights have included her debut with London Philharmonic Orchestra, a tour with Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, and performances with Radio orchestras of Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016/2017 Krijgh is featured in a four-concert cycle in Vienna’s Musikverein. Performances bring her to Amsterdam, Den Haag, Budapest, Hamburg, Baden-Baden and Ludwigshafen. She has participated at the Lucerne, Ghent, Gstaad Festivals, and the first international Chamber Music Festival, Malmö. In quartet she tours with Baiba and Lauma Skride and Lise Berthaud, with the Signum Saxophon Quartet as well as in London’s Wigmore Hall with the Pavel Haas Quartet.
A passionate chamber musician, she assumes the role of Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht in June 2017, taking the position over from Janine Jansen. In 2012 Harriet founded the “Harriet & Friends” Festival which takes place every summer in Feistritz.
Amongst winning many competitions, in her native Holland Harriet Krijgh was awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Award at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale in November 2012. In Autumn 2013 she was awarded the WEMAG-Soloists prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In 2015/2016 Harriet was chosen “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) performing in Europe’s major concert halls.
For the Capriccio label Krijgh has recorded Haydn’s cello concerti, a duo CD of French works, the cello sonatas of Brahms and Rachmaninov, and a CD of romantic works with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno.
Harriet Krijgh was born in the Netherlands in 1991. She studied in the class of Lenian Benjamins at the Music College in Utrecht. Later she continued studies with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova at the Vienna Conservatoire and at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson.
Harriet plays a Giovanni Paolo Maggini cello from 1620, which is generously loaned to her privately.
Lauma Skride, Piano
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...
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. Orchestras with which Lauma Skride has appeared include BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hungarian National Philharmonic, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Hamburger Symphoniker, Dresdner Philharmonie, Essener Philharmoniker, Bremer Philharmoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Orquesta Filarmónica 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, Cornelius Meister and Xian Zhang.
A highly sought after chamber musician, Lauma Skride founded the ‘Skride Quartet’ together with her sister Baiba, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud in 2016. Since then, the quartet has been touring to major European venues and festivals such as Musikverein Wien, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Schubertiade, Utrecht Chamber Music Festival and Malmö Chamber Music Festival. In the 17/18 season, they will perform at the Philharmonie Essen, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Autumn Chamber Music Festival in Riga, Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek and Istanbul International Music Festival. The quartet’s first CD will be released in 2018.
Lauma Skride is also committed to the long established duo with her sister. Together the sisters have performed in Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Prague Spring Festival, etc. 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, Christian Tetzlaff and the Armida Quartett. With Müller-Schott, the duo performs at Auditorium du Louvre this season.
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 2016 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