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, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Ed Gardner, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Andris Poga, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds and Juraj Valcuha.

In the 2020/21 season Skride performs Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Offertorium” with Berliner Philharmoniker and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, both under the baton of Andris Nelsons. She also looks forward to the US premiere of Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ Violin Concerto “A Portrait of a Lady by Swan Lake” with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Other season highlights include a European tour with the Wiener Symphoniker and Alain Altinoglu as well as concerts with orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker, Oslo Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Philharmonie Zuidnederlands and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Further afield this season, she also works with the Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as well as New Japan Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

Baiba Skride is a sought-after chamber musician internationally and commits to the long-established duo with her sister Lauma. As one of the founding members of the Skride Quartet, Baiba Skride tours again with the quartet to North America in February 2021. The Skride Quartet is also in high demand internationally in Europe where they have performed at venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Wigmore Hall London and Louvre Paris in previous seasons. The quartet also toured to Australia for a series of nine recitals at the invitation of Musica Viva in November 2019. In 20/21 Baiba Skride also performs in trio with her sister Lauma Skride and Stefan Dohr as well as in quintet with Alban Gerhardt, Brett Dean, Gergana Gergova and Lise Berthaud.

Baiba Skride is anticipating the release of her Mozart recording with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Eivind Aadland in September 2020, adding to her prolific discography including her recently released Bartok recording with the WDR Sinfonieorchester and Eivind Aadland, as well as her American disc featuring Bernstein, Korngold and Rózsa with the Gothenburg Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras under the baton of Santtu-Matias Rouvali 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.