Kristina Blaumane

Kristina   was   born   in   Riga   in   a   family   of   musicians.   After   graduating from   Latvian   Academy   of   Music,   where   she   studied   with   Eleonora Testeleca,   Kristina   moved   to   United   Kingdom,   where   she   studied with Stefan Popov at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Kristina    Blaumane    is    recognized    as    one    of    most    exciting    cellists today.   She   is   invited   to   perform   as   soloist   with   orchestra,   recitalist and chamber musician around the world. As   a   chamber   musician,   she   has   worked   in   partnership   with   such renowned    artists    as    Isaac    Stern,    Gidon    Kremer,    Yo    Yo    Ma,    Yuri Bashmet,   Leiv   Ove   Andsnes,   Janine   Jansen,   Julian   Rachlin,   Maxim Rysanov,   Bruno   Giuranna,   Misha   Maisky,   Nikolaj   Znaider,   Tatyana Grindenko or Oleg Maisenberg, among others. She   has   performed   as   soloist   with   London   Philharmonic   Orchestra, Amsterdam   Sinfonietta,   Chicago   Civic   Orchestra,   Kremerata   Baltica, Britten    Sinfonia,    Latvian    National    Symphony    Orchestra,    Latvian National    Opera    Orchestra,    Sinfonietta    Riga,    Liepaja    Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Sofia Soloists, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Dalarna Sinfonietta, and others. Kristina   has   performed   at   international   music   festivals   as   Lockenhaus,   Gstaad,   Salzburg,   Verbier,   Basel,   Jerusalem,   Utrecht,   Spitalfields, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Homecoming and Crescendo. In   2007   Kristina   released   her   debut   recital   CD   with   Jacob   Katsnelson   for   Quartz.   The   album   comprises   of   sonatas   by   Barber   and   Grieg,   and Variations   on   a   Slovakian   Theme   by   Martinu.   During   the   past   seasons,   she   has   performed   Brahms’s   Trio   Op.   114   on   the   award-winning recording   of   Brahms’s   chamber   music   works   (BrahmsViola/Rysanov)   for   Onyx.   In   January   2011   the   Second   Volume   of   Brahms’s   chamber works   was   released   (Onyx),   where   Kristina   is   playing   in   both   Clarinet   Quintet   Op   115   and   String   Quintet   Op   111   along   violinists   Boris Brovtsyn   and   Alexander   Sitkovetsky,   and   violists   Maxim   Rysanov   and   Julia   Deineka.   Kristina   is   also   performing   on   Shostakovich   Piano Quintet, recorded beside the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s leaders and Martin Helmchen, released on April 2011. Kristina   is   a   keen   promoter   of   new   music.   She   has   made   a   number   of   world   premiers,   and   several   works   are   dedicated   to   her.   She collaborates   closely   with   Dobrinka   Tabakova,   who   composed   her   Cello   Concerto   for   Kristina   (premiered   at   the   International   Cello   Festival in   Amsterdam),   and   more   recently   composed   «Sun   Triptych»   for   Violin,   Cello   and   Strings   (dedicated   to   Kristina   Blaumane,   Gidon   Kremer and Kremerata Baltica). She   is   the   recipient   of   several   prizes   and   awards   as   the   Latvian   Philharmonic   Young   Musician   of   the   Year,   Latvian   Television   Competition „Alternativa“, Carmel International Competition, Musicians Benevolent Fund and Lord Mayor’s Prize. Kristina   has   been   laureated   twice   with   the   Great   Music   Award,   the   highest   prize   given   by   the   Latvian   State   in   the   field   of   music   (2005   and 2007). Since 2007 Blaumane combines her busy career with a principal cello position in the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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