Gidon Kremer rose to fame as one of the world's most promising violinists in the conventional way. He was the star pupil of the great Soviet violinist David Oistrakh, and he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. But then he chose the less traveled path, refusing to play the warhorses to success. In 1990 he formed the Kremerata Baltica, and played more challenging contemporary music.
On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will sample Kremer's artistry.