Described by The Times as a musician of ‘eye-popping virtuosity’, Latvian violinist KRISTĪNE BALANAS is one of the fastest rising talents on the international scene and was recently recognised as Young Artist of the Year in the prestigious Grand Music Awards of her home country.
The 2018–19 season sees her make debuts with Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in the Berliner Philharmonie, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Jerusalem Israel, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra on a nationwide tour; return to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra; and appear in recitals across Germany, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Greece, France – at the Festival Radio France Occitaine Montpellier alongside her cellist sister – and the UK, where she is artist in residence at this summer’s Presteigne Festival.
Kristīne has appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (directing from the violin), European Union Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Rīga, amongst others, under conductors including Ainārs Rubiķis, Rory MacDonald and Gad Kadosh.
A regular guest soloist on Latvian National Radio Recitals, Kristīne has also performed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and BBC One’s The One Show and given recitals at the Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square and Kings Place.
A tireless advocate of contemporary and lesser-known repertoire, Kristīne premiered David Coonan’s Violin Concerto and gave the UK premiere of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto and Romanian premiere of Pēteris Vasks’ Violin Concerto Distant Light.
As a chamber musician, Kristīne has collaborated with Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Gluzman, Boris Garlitsky, Roland Krueger and Rudiger Lotter.
Kristīne is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied under György Pauk, and Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, under Kolja Blacher, and she continues to be mentored by Leonidas Kavakos.
Kristīne performs on a 1787 Antonio Gragnani violin, kindly loaned to her by The Little Butterfly Foundation through the Beare’s International Violin Society.