A Latvian Connection

This weekend, violinist Baiba Skride will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Seattle Symphony. This will be her first appearance with the Symphony, but Skride has a special connection to Seattle and the orchestra.

Artur Girsky, second violinist with the Seattle Symphony, grew up with Skride in Riga, the capital and cultural center of Latvia. Skride began her violin studies with Girsky’s mother, Ludmila Girska, who now lives with him in Seattle.

“Some of the Mozart Violin Concertos I’ve known since I was a small child,” said Skride. “I remember trying to play the D major concerto when I was 5 years old and it seemed like I would never be able to play it well!”

Today, Skride is an accomplished violinist described as “a passionate, heart-on-the-sleeve player” by The Guardian. This year, she is performing with orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and of course, the Seattle Symphony this weekend.

“Mozart’s music is so diverse, beautiful and emotional that even after 30 years of playing it more or less regularly, it never ever gets boring and I always find some new nuances and new impulses — the music just inspires me to always search for more,” said Skride. “I feel lucky and blessed to be able to share this wonderful music with the audiences.”

To hear Baiba Skride play Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major with the Seattle Symphony, reserve your seats for the concerts this weekend, January 21-23.

Posted on January 20, 2016