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Gidon Kremer

Gidon Kremer


Kremer was born in Riga to parents of German-Jewish origin, his father being a Holocaust survivor. He began playing the violin at the age of four, receiving tuition from his father and his grandfather, who were both professional violinists. He went on to study at the Riga School of Music and with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1967, he won third prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels; first prize at the 1969 Paganini Competition in Genoa; and first prize again in 1970 at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Further Reading: Gidon Kremer

 Recording of the Week, Chamber music by Mieczysław Weinberg

Gidon Kremer and friends perform three pieces of chamber music by the Polish-born Soviet composer, including an outstanding account of the Piano Trio.

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