Baiba Skride is one of the most distinguished violinists of our time and is recognised worldwide for her inspiring interpretations and her unmistakable violin tone.
She plays with world-class orchestras such as the Berlin Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Among the conductors with whom Baiba Skride has worked are include Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Edward Gardner, Susanna Malkki, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Andris Poga, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Dima Slobodeniouk, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgards, Juraj Valčuha and Kazuki Yamada.
Baiba Skride is also a guest chamber musician in the most important venues worldwide and has long played as a duo with her sister Lauma Skride. With her Skride Quartet, founded in 2016, she has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Wigmore Hall London and Louvre Paris and has toured North America and Australia. She also plays in a trio with Lauma Skride and Harriet Krijgh and in various chamber music ensembles. Her extensive discography is published by Orfeo International, most recently including the Violin Concerto in D major op. 77 and the Hungarian Dances 1-21 with Lauma Skride (piano), the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo.
Baiba Skride grew up in a family of musicians in Riga, where she also began her music studies. In 1995, she moved to the Rostock University of Music and Theatre under Professor Petru Munteanu. In 2001 she won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She plays the Stradivarius “Yfrah Neaman”, generously loaned to her by the Neaman family through the Beares International Violin Society.
She has already given several masterclasses and recently started teaching the class of her late teacher Prof Petru Munteanu at the Leopold Mozart College of Music Augsburg.