Kristīne Balanas/ Latvian violinist, a musician of “eye-popping virtuosity”
Latvian violinist Kristīne Balanas was described by The Times as a musician of ‘eye-popping virtuosity’.
Kristīne was recently recognised as Young Artist of the Year in the prestigious Grand Music Awards of Latvia, and also received the Fundacion Excelentia Young Talent Award from Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain.
In demand around the world as a soloist with the world’s greatest ensembles, Kristīne has performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, whom she directed from the violin.
Her chamber music collaborators include Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Gluzman and she regularly performs with her sister Margarita, a cellist, both as chamber music partners and concerto soloists.
The 2019-20 season includes concerto debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recital debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin, and a return to the Berliner Philharmonie with the Sinfonia Orchester Berlin, as well as her Carnegie Hall debut, directing Ensemble Connect from the violin in a concert supported by Siemens Arts.
Kristīne performs on a 1787 Antonio Gragnani violin, kindly loaned to her by The Little Butterfly Foundation through the Beare’s International Violin Society.