Artistic Director of the Festival
Born in Belarus, Rostislav Krimer has been impressing audiences and critics with his brilliant pianism and sensitive musicality. A Laureate of the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria among others, he is favored to play with the musicians of the caliber of Yuri Bashmet, Paul Badura-Skoda, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Sergey Krylov, Viktor Tretyakov, Mario Brunello both as a concerto soloist and a chamber musician.
Rostislav Krimer studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Vassily Lobanov and made his postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in London by Christopher Elton, where he was also awarded the title Dip.RAM (Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music for the outstanding final recital). During this formation period, Krimer also collaborated frequently with the eminent musicians Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Arie Vardi, Elisso Virsaladze and Alexander Satz.
Solo appearances of Rostislav Krimer and his numerous successful Concerto performances with Grammy-Award winners Yuri Bashmet and Chamber Ensemble ‘Moscow Soloists’, Gidon Kremer and ‘Kremerata Baltica’, the State Symphony Orchestra `New Russia’ under Yuri Bashmet, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under Sergey Krylov, Philharmonie der Nationen under Justus Frantz, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Andres Mustonen brought him to play in most prestigious venues, such as Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Grand Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Berliner Philharmonie, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, St.Martin-in-the-Fields and Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Mirabell Schloss in Salzburg, Salle Cortot in Paris, Linder Auditoium in Johannesburg, Teatro Communale in Florence, Theatre ‘La Monnae’ in Brussels and many others. Rostislav Krimer played his London debut recital in Cadogan Hall in 2006. It was highly acclaimed by London audience and critics.
He participated in the most prestigious festivals: Aix-en-Provence in France, Beethovenfest in Bonn, Delft festival in Netherlands, Festival of Gidon Kremer in Lockenhaus, Villa Medici in Roma, Ljubljana Festival.
In January 2012, a CD of Sofia Gubaidulina ‘The Canticle of the Sun’, which was performed by Gidon Kremer, ‘Kremerata Baltica’, Rostislav Krimer, Nicolas Altstadt and chamber choir ‘Kamär’ was released by EMC Records.
Rostislav Krimer regularly plays together with great Viola player and conductor Yuri Bashmet and his orchestras. In 2012, one of these appearances included the privilege to play F.Mendelssohn Piano Sextet when the whole ‘Moscow Soloists’ orchestra was playing Stradivarius, Guarneri, Amati instruments from the State Treasury of the Russia. They have also performed and broadcasted together Chopin and Mozart concertos, so as number of chamber music projects. Krimer has also performed on the 70th Birthday of the greatest Jazz-violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and played together with him jazz variations on the Chopin theme, which were especially written by Jean-Luc Ponty for Krimer.
Since 2012, Rostislav Krimer plays in a duo with legendary pianist Paul Badura-Skoda both concertos and recitals. In July 2014, their live performance of the E-flat Major Mozart Concerto for two pianos and orchestra was released by ERP-Records and distributed by Naxos. Their recitals with Mozart and Schubert include appearances at the Ljubljana Festival and Piano Stars Festival in Latvia.
He also played at the cultural part of the Olympic games in Sochi in 2014 the ‘Rising Stars’ concert together with Kronberg Festival artists.
The schedule of Rostislav Krimer for the recent seasons among others include recitals together with Maxim Vengerov, Paul Badura-Skoda, concerto performances with Yuri Bashmet and Chamber Ensemble ‘Moscow Soloists’, conductors Krzysztof Penderecki and Andres Mustonen, Lithuanian Chamber orchestra and Sergey Krylov, appearance at the Beethovenfest in Bonn.
Rostislav Krimer is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival, which regularly sees most notable artists of our time, orchestras and young talents from all over the world. At the moment this is probably one of the biggest and most prestigious classical music events, which will celebrate its 10 years anniversary this October.
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