Astor Piazzolla

Mirga meets an old master at Disney Hall

Mirga meets an old master at Disney Hall

When Gidon Kremer has a farsighted cause, it is wise to pay close attention. Over an uncompromising half-century career, the Latvian violinist and one of the last of the legendary artists to come out of the Soviet Russia music education system has been single-handedly responsible for bringing attention in the West to Arvo Pärt, Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Kremer championed Philip Glass’ initially maligned Violin Concerto in the 1980s and finally shamed the classical concert world into taking the composer seriously. Tango master Astor Piazzolla got a similar lift thanks to the violinist. One of the first famed artists to speak out against Putin’s political and...

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