Lauma Skride



Lauma Skride's playing is 'wonderfully sensitive, with marvellous tone quality, and always with highly virtuosic vigour', according to a review by the Bavarian Broadcasting Service. Combined with brilliant technique, these are the qualities with which Lauma Skride captivates audiences on major concert stages throughout the world, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

She made her debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra last season. During the coming season she appears for the first time with the Dresden Philharmonic and has been invited for return engagements with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta de Gran Canaria.

Lauma Skride, who was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of German Classical and Romantic repertoire. Following her appearances in Hamburg and Gran Canaria the Berlin resident returns to Germany for performances of Mozart piano concertos, Robert Schumann's Concerto with the Polish Chamber Orchestra at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra under Peter Ruzicka. Lauma Skride works with such conductors as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Cornelius Meister.

Lauma Skride continues to appear regularly as a duo with her sister, Baiba. The sisters recently performed the Haydn and Mendelssohn Double Concertos for violin and piano with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Zürich Chamber Orchestra. Together with Jan Vogler, they played Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, also presenting trio and duo recitals in Cincinnati and San Francisco.

Passionate energy, youthful vigour and musical sensitivity have become the trademarks of the Skride duo, as they demonstrated to listeners at Hamburg's Laeiszhalle in June 2010. This season the duo appears at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, in Belgium and Austria, and at the Usedom Music Festival. Lauma Skride's chamber music partners also include cellists Daniel Müller-Schott, Jing Zhao, with whom she will appear in Tokyo and Osaka in December 2010, and Sol Gabetta.

Lauma Skride recorded Fanny Hensel's piano cycle Das Jahr for Sony in 2007 and received an ECHO Classic Award as Best Young Artist for this recording.

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1982, Lauma Skride is the youngest of three daughters in a musical family. She began playing the piano at the age of five and was later a pupil of Anita Paze at the Emil Darzin School of Music in Riga. She then studied under Volker Banfield at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Lauma Skride has participated in numerous international competitions since the age of eleven, among them the Maria Canals Competition in Spain and the Cleveland International Piano Competition in the USA, and has won several prizes.