Warm words from dear friends

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We’ve been touched by the many birthday congratulations we’ve received from musicians, composers, coaches and conductors. Here are just a few:

From Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, international soloist and Artistic Director of the Kremerata Baltica: ‘Together with the Kremerata Baltica I congratulate the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and maestro Kristjan Järvi on a wonderful anniversary. As ambassadors of the three independent Baltic States for over 20 years, we recently had the pleasure to participate in one of your tours, and the enthusiasm of your young musicians filled us with such positive energy that we will never forget the experience. The feeling of belonging to our home countries, but at the same time understanding that we are part of a wider European community and its music traditions, is something that both our ensembles should continue to carry with us. Happy birthday, dear friends!’

From longtime collaborator, Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas: ‘The Baltic Sea Philharmonic has the ability to constantly reshape itself, to reflect and resonate with its cultural surroundings, and at the same time has its own unique energy and character. It was, and still is, an ideal partner for many of the firsts in my musical life, including world premieres of my symphonic scores. I’m honoured to have played a part in such a great movement. Happy birthday!’

From Russian bassoonist and conductor Arseniy Shkaptsov, a Baltic Sea Philharmonic member since 2008: ‘Ten years is a long time! As the novelist Frédéric Beigbeder wrote, “Love lasts three years”, but the Baltic Sea Philharmonic has held my love for ten years, and I hope it keeps it forever.’

From Maira Mora, Director General of the Permanent Secretariat of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS): ‘Many congratulations on your anniversary! We share with you certain key affinities: we both unite people around the Baltic Sea and we both believe that when people come together they can do great things. Your first concert was at the CBSS Summit in Riga in 2008 and you have performed at numerous CBSS events since. I hope that our cooperation will continue in the future.’

Over the next weeks and months, we will post more birthday greetings and highlights of the past ten years on our social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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