Gidon Kremer is a Latvian violinist and conductor, known for his performances of a wide range of classical repertoire.
- Born in Riga, Latvia, he studied the violin from the age of four with his father and grandfather, and entered Riga music school just three years later at the age of seven.
- He was awarded the first Prize of the Latvian Republic when he was 16, and went on to study with eminent violinist David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory.
- As well as performing more mainstream repertoire including standard Classical and Romantic violin music, Kremer also champions living composers such as Schnittke, Pärt, Kancheli, Gubaidulina, and Glass.
- He plays a 1641 Nicola Amati violin.
Did you know? When not performing or practising, Kremer is also a keen writer who has published a number of books on music.