Opening Concert of Kremerata Baltica Festival

Michala Petri, block flute
Džeraldas Bidva, violin
Andrejs Puškarevs, percussion
Conductor Adomas Morkūnas-Budrys
Kremerata Baltica

The opening concert on 15 September at 19:00 will feature a varied programme, ranging from the Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi to works by contemporary composers. The audience will have the opportunity to hear the great Danish block flute virtuoso Michala Petri, who has also visited Riga several times and collaborated with Kremerata Baltica. Her unique talent has been admired on all continents and at the most prestigious classical music festivals. As a child prodigy, Michala Petri began playing the block flute at the age of three. During her career, she has recorded more than 30 albums, ranging from Baroque music to works by contemporary composers. The concert will also feature Kremerata Baltica soloists Džeralds Bidva (violin), Andrejs Puškarevs (percussion) and Lithuanian conductor Adomas Morkūnas-Budrys.

The concert will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s energetic Concerto for Block Flute KV 433 “The Storm at Sea” and the String Quartet No. 1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes” by the modernist genius George Ligeti, as well as a work for violin, percussion and strings “Messages for a simple man” by the contemporary Ukrainian composer Victoria Poleva, which captivates with its translucent simplicity. There will also be the premiere of the block flute concerto “Transfigurations” by the renowned Danish composer Poul Ruders. He is one of the most respected symphonic and operatic composers of his generation, whose musical signature combines the opposites of colourful, explosive expression with inward-looking lyricism and sensitivity.


Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Concerto KV433
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro molto
Michala Petri (block flute), Kremerata Baltica

György Ligeti (1923–2006)
String Quartet No.1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes”
Kremerata Baltica


Viktoria Poleva (Вікторія Польова, 1962)
“Messages for a simple man”
Džeraldas Bidva (violin), Andrejs Puskarevs (percussion), Kremerata Baltica, conductor Adomas Morkūnas-Budrys

I.Warm wind
II. Lullaby for a sleeping
III. Metta

Poul Ruders (1949)
Transfigurations. Concerto for solo recorder and string orchestra, world premiere
Michala Petri (block flute), Kremerata Baltica, conductor Adomas Morkūnas-Budrys