Baiba Skride was born in 1981 to a musical family in Riga, Latvia, where she later began her studies, transferring in 1995 to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock, studying under Professor Petru Munteanu. In 2001 she won the 1st prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and she now plays the Yfrah Neaman Stradivarius loaned to her by the Neaman family through the Beares International Violin Society.
Baiba Skride has worked with world-renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orkest, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and NHK Symphony. She has collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Thierry Fischer, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, John Storgårds and Kazuki Yamada.
She is also one of the most sought-after chamber musicians of today, renowned for her natural approach to music making, refreshing interpretations, sensitivity and delight in the music. She regularly performs at festivals and venues, such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Bad Kissingen and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen. In the 2016/17 season she appeared in a new piano quartet with Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud performing at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Malmö Chamber Festival and BASF Ludwigshafen. Other artists she has collaborated with include Bertrand Chamayou, Brett Dean, Sol Gabetta, Alban Gerhardt, Xavier de Maistre and Daniel Mueller-Schott.
In February 2016, Baiba Skride made her debut with the New York Philharmonic with Christoph Eschenbach. The concerts were a huge success with Vivien Schweitzer in the New York Times writing, “Ms. Skride brought a wide tonal palette to her insightful and passionate interpretation, her tone meaty and bold to open, then sweet, gossamer and brash.’’ This season Baiba Skride will appear with Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, as well as Boston Symphony for the American premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan.
European highlights for the 2016/17 season include debuts with Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. She returned to the Vienna Symphony with Gustavo Gimeno, the Stockholm, Bergen and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko. She opened the season for Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with Alain Altinoglu before embarking on a tour to Northern Europe. She performed with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra/Cornelius Meister, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra/Thierry Fischer and returned to the Sydney, Tasmanian, and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras.
In July, Baiba will join the EUYO, Vasily Petrenko and trombonist Christian Lindberg on the Orchestra’s 2017 Summer Tour to Northern Europe, entitled ‘Spirit of the North’, which focuses on and celebrates music from the Baltic and Nordic states.