Kremer Plays Chopin and Franck
Naples Philharmonic Chamber Musicians
Sypert Salon Series
Gidon Kremer, violin
Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, cello
Georgijs Osokins, piano
Emerson Millar, violin
Jessie Goebel, viola
Chopin — Piano Trio in G Minor
Franck — Piano Quintet in F Minor
In this special Sypert Salon performance, acclaimed violinist Gidon Kremer, along with cellist Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė and pianist Georgijs Osokins, join the Naples Philharmonic chamber ensemble in performing Chopin’s Piano Trio and Franck’s Piano Quintet.
The Sypert Salon Series is generously sponsored by Drs. George Sypert and Joy Arpin.
Among the world’s leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps pursued the most unconventional career. Over the past five decades, he has established and sustained a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. He has appeared on almost every major concert stage as recitalist and with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and North America, and he has worked with many of the greatest conductors of the past half century.
Kremer’s repertoire is unusually wide and strikingly varied. It encompasses the full span of classical and romantic masterworks for violin, together with music by such leading 20th- and 21st- century composers as Berg, Henze and Stockhausen. He has also championed the work of living Russian and Eastern European composers and has performed many important new compositions by them, several of which have been dedicated to him. An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Kremer has made over 120 albums. Many of these have received prestigious international awards and prizes in recognition of his exceptional interpretative insights.
In February 2002, Kremer and Kremerata Baltica received the Grammy® Award in the “Best Small Ensemble Performance” category for After Mozart on Nonesuch; the album was awarded an ECHO Klassik later that year. Their 2014 release on ECM of works by Mieczysław Weinberg was nominated for a Grammy® in 2015.
Kremer plays an instrument made by Nicola Amati in 1641. He is the author of four books, the latest of which is titled Letters to a Young Pianist. These writings have been translated into many languages and reflect the breadth of his artistic pursuits and aesthetic outlook.
Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė is a Lithuanian cellist. She is a laureate of several national competitions and attended master classes held by Mstislav Rostropovich, David Geringas, Hatto Beyerle, Tatiana Grindenko and others.
As a soloist, Dirvanauskaitė has performed with many different chamber and symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Dirvanauskaitė has premiered works of Victor Kissine, Giya Kancheli, Arturs Maskats and Victoria Poleva. She has attended many festivals, including Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Basel World Music Festival in Switzerland, Martha Argerich Festival in Japan, Gohrisch Shostakovich festival in Germany, December Nights Festival in Russia, and others.
In recent years, Dirvanauskaitė has extensively toured with many different chamber music formations. Since 2009, she regularly performs and tours in a trio with violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. The trio’s released record, Kissine/Tchaikovsky: Piano Trios (ECM, 2011), won the prestigious German Record Critics’ Award as a recording of exceptional artistry, in addition to receiving praise from all over the world as one of the best recordings ever made of Tchaikovsky’s works.
She remains the lead cello of Kremerata Baltica, of which she has been a member since 1997.
Born into a family of pianists, Georgijs Osokins began his studies with his father, Professor Sergejs Osokins, a prominent teacher and pianist in Latvia, and he was occasionally tutored by Dmitri Bashkirov, Sergei Babayan and Georg Friedrich Schenck.
Osokins caused a sensation at the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, where he was called “exceptional and unpredictable” by critics. While he was too much a “revolutionary” to be one of the prize winners, placing as a finalist proved to be enough. After the competition, he was so in demand that, only five days after the competition, he was invited to perform across Poland in Poznan, Gdańsk, Szczecin and Katowice, followed by monthly invitations for concerts through the following November.
Even before the competition’s finals, Osokins walked away with opportunities often reserved exclusively for prize winners, as invitations from three continents started pouring in for a solo recital at the prestigious “Chopin and his Europe” festival in Warsaw and for his first tour of Japan, as well as invitations from three continents for concerts and recordings. These include a performance at the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice and recitals in Switzerland, Germany, the United States, Russia, Austria and the United Kingdom.
Osokins’ successes include winning the first prize in both the ninth International Moscow Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (2014), the ninth Alexander Scriabin International Competition in Paris (2009) and receiving the Latvian Ministry of Culture Award. Since his public debut with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10, he has appeared with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra.