Kristīne Blaumane

Country: Latvia

Latvian cellist Kristina Blaumane is invited to play as a soloist with orchestra, recitalist and chamber musician around the world. She has performed as a soloist with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Britten Sinfonia, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Soloists, Plovdiv Opera Orchestra, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Dalarna Sinfonietta as well as all main orchestras in Latvia.

Kristina is a committed chamber musician and has worked in partnership with such artists as Isaac Stern, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Yo Yo Ma, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Boris Brovtsyn, Roman Mints, Maxim Rysanov, Katya Apekisheva, Jacob Katsnelson, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Boris Petrushansky, Misha Maisky, Nikolaj Znaider, Nicholas Daniel, Alexey Ogrintchouk, Tatyana Grindenko, Oleg Maisenberg among others, and has performed at the festivals such as Lockenhaus, Gstaad, Salzburg, Verbier, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Basel, Jerusalem, Utrecht, Spitalfields, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Homecoming and Crescendo.

Kristina has been a keen promoter of new music. She has given a number of world premieres and several works are dedicated to her, among them cello concertos by Dobrinka Tabakova, Kristaps Petersons, Peteris Plakidis and Artem Vassiliev.

Kristina was born in Riga and graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a winner of many awards including Latvian Philharmonic Young Musician of the Year, Latvian Television Competition “Alternativa”, Carmel International Competition, Musicians Benevolent Fund, and Lord Mayor’s Prize. 

She is a two time laureate of the Grand Music Award, the highest prize given by the Latvian State in the field of music (2005; 2007).

Since 2007 Kristina combines her busy career with the principal cello position in London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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