The Skride Piano Quartet is made up of four likeminded musicians who have each achieved success as a soloist at the highest levels. The 2016-17 season included performances at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Musikverein Wien, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Malmo Chamber Music Festival, and BASF Ludwigshafen. Upcoming performances include the Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Essen, Great Guild Hall Riga, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Making their North American debut in the 2018-19 season, the Quartet offers programs featuring highlights from the piano quartet repertoire.
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 Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orkest. Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and NHK Symphony. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Christoph Eschenbach, Thierry Fischer, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, John Storgårds and Kazuki Yamada.
“Baiba Skride’s playing here is characterised by a tone that is inherently and unfailingly beautiful. She gets to the core of every note without extraneous surface noise, and her vibrato is so integrated with the tonal colouring that you hardly notice it.” – The Strad
In February 2016, Baiba Skride made her debut with the New York Philharmonic with Christoph Eschenbach. The concerts were a huge success with Vivien Schweitzer in The New York Times writing, “Ms. Skride brought a wide tonal palette to her insightful and passionate interpretation, her tone meaty and bold to open, then sweet, gossamer and brash.’’ This season Baiba Skride will appear with Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, as well as Boston Symphony for the American premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan. 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, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
Lise Berthaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding figure on the international music scene. She has performed in various prestigious concert venues throughout the world (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Baden Baden Festspielhaus, Elbphilharmonie, Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Philharmonie de Paris, Moritzburg Festival, Schwartzenberg’s Schubertiade Hohenems, and Rencontres Musicales d’Evian Festival International de Colmar) and with such artists as Renaud Capuçon, Julian Steckel, Daishin Kashimoto, Eric Le Sage, Augustin Dumay, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emmanuel Pahud, Gordan Nikollich, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alina Ibragimova, Veronika Eberle, Christian Poltera, the Quatuor Ebène, and the Modigliani Quartet.
Twenty-six-year-old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touch her audiences as soon as she is on the concert platform. She has played in the most important venues in Europe and has performed with orchestras like Frankfurt and Vienna Radio Symphonies, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg and Trondheim Symphonies, London Philharmonic, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Netherlands, Copenhagen and Tampere Philharmonic. In March 2017 she made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and in April she played with the Sydney Symphony. In August 2017, Harriet Krijgh gave her acclaimed debut in Chicago with performances at the Ravinia and Grant Park Music Festivals. Other highlights of the season 2017/2018 are concerts with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw and Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Dallas, Utah and Vancouver Symphonies.
Lauma Skride‘s playing is “wonderfully sensitive, with marvelous tone quality, and always with highly virtuosic vigor,” according to a review by the Bavarian Broadcasting Service. Combined with brilliant technique, these are the qualities with with Lauma Skride captivates audiences on major concert stages throughout the world, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, Lauma is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. In recent seasons, Lauma Skride has appeared with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, and the Orquesta de Gran Canaria. Lauma Skride performs with such conductors as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, Peter Ruzicka, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter, André de Ridder, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Cornelius Meister.
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In February 2021, the Skride Piano Quartet will be touring with Matthew McDonald, the First Principal Bassist of the Berlin Philharmonic. They will offer a program built around Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet — a perennial audience favorite!
2019-2020 Touring Program
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Bridge: Phantasy Piano Quartet in F-sharp minor
Strauss: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13