A bold joint venture by Gidon Kremer and András Keller

By Thomas May, May 2017

In an era that seems ever more intent on throwing up walls, musicians are once again proving the benefits of cooperation and bridge-building. Take Maestros Gidon Kremer and András Keller. Starting 25 May 2017, they embark on a bold new adventure with the two ensembles they respectively lead, Kremerata Baltica and Concerto Budapest, as they undertake a ten-day joint tour of Asia.

(Photo: Sándor Benkő)

It's also an opportunity to mark the coincidence of multiple anniversaries. Earlier this year Kremer, one of the world's most intriguingly original violinists and contemporary music champions, turned 70. In 1997, the Latvian maestro founded Kremerata Baltica as a chamber orchestra comprising young musicians from the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Along with that ensemble's 20th anniversary, the tour gives a nod to Keller's 10th season at the helm of Concerto Budapest, one of Hungary's longest-standing classical ensembles.