- 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.
Gustav Mahler: Quartettsatz für Klavierquartett a-Moll (1876)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Klavierquartett Nr. 1 g-Moll KV 478
Johannes Brahms: Klavierquartett Nr. 1 g-Moll op. 25
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 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.
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. 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.