Lauma Skride, piano

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.

Lauma Skride, who was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, 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, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter, André de Ridder, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Cornelius Meister.

In the past years she played with the Tapiola Sinfonietta under Mario Venzago, the Heidelberg Philharmonic under Jorma Panula, the Essener Philharmoniker under Tomas Netopil, with Osnabrücker Symphoniker and Staatsorchester Bremerhaven. 

As chamber musician Lauma Skride appeared at prestigious festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Rheingau Musik Festival as well as at Gewandhaus Leipzig, performing all Piano Quartets by Johannes Brahms.
Lauma Skride is committed to the long established duo with her sister. Other chamber music partners include cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, Sol Gabetta and Julian Steckel, as well as Jörg Widmann and Christian Tetzlaff and the Armida Quartett.

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.

De Letse pianiste Lauma Skride  is een mondiaal veel geprezen pianiste die zowel als soliste alsook in diverse kamermuziek ensembles alle grote podia ter wereld bespeelt. Lauma begon op vijfjarige leeftijd met muzieklessen. Belangrijk in haar vroege carrière was in 2008 het winnen van de Beethoven-Ring van het Beethovenfest Bonn.

In recente seizoenen werd Lauma Skride als soliste geëngageerd door onder meer de Hamburger Symphoniker, het hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt en de Dresdner Philharmonie.

Met haar vaste duopartner, haar zus Baiba Skride, bracht ze in 2011 een dubbelconcert van Hans Abrahamsen in première met het Koninklijk Deens Orkest. Het tweetal maakte recent een succesvol album rondom Scandinavische componisten.

Voor haar solo-cd The Year, met muziek van componiste/pianiste Fanny Mendelssohn, kreeg Lauma Skride de prestigieuze Echo Klassik Preis. 

“Lauma makes this performance, marrying elfin dexterity with fresh air to which her sister responds with delicacy, a fullness of tone even at low volumes and that sense of innocence so central to the piece.” Gramophone, UK

‘Truly spine-tingling’ BBC Music Magazine, UK