Biography

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 Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Ed Gardner, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds and Simone Young.

Summer 2018 sees Baiba Skride return to the NHK Symphony Orchestra with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and to the Tanglewood Music Festival with chamber music and concert appearances, performing Bernstein Serenade with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, before they begin the 2018/19 season together on a distinguished tour to the BBC Proms, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Vienna’s Musikverein, KKL Lucerne, Philharmonie de Paris, and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Further highlights include her return to Münchner Philharmoniker, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as Baltimore, Houston, Toronto, Vancouver and Utah Symphony Orchestras. In Spring 2019 Skride highly anticipates the world premiere of Sebastian Currier’s violin concerto, a co-commission by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, with which she tours to Spain, Japan and China. Skride continues to champion Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium as well as Triple concerto for violin, cello and bayan and celebrates the piece’s Spanish premiere with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, following on from the successful premieres in the last seasons. 

Baiba Skride is a sought-after chamber musician internationally. In 2018/19, invitations take her Skride Quartet with Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud to Schubertiade Hohenems, Wigmore Hall London, Louvre Paris, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, amongst others. Further afield, the Quartet looks forward to its debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival in summer 2018 and US tour in March 2019. In the same season, she also performs in trio with Daniel Müller-Schott and Xaiver de Maistre in Innsbruck, Budapest, St Pölten, Hannover, Coesfeld and Düsseldorf.

To add to her prolific discography, Baiba Skride anticipates the releases this season of her American disc featuring Bernstein, Korngold and Rózsa with the Gothenburg Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Santtu-Matias Rouvali and her Bartok recording with the WDR Sinfonieorchester with Eivind Aadland, and the debut recording of the Skride Quartet, all under the Orfeo label.

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 Beare’s International Violin Society.