Maestro Gidon Kremer will perform at Pacific Institution, Abbotsford, BC.

Following our first classical music concert in Abbotsford earlier this year, Looking at the Stars Foundation is back in Abbotsford with an astonishing and totally unexpected surprise – we are returning with Maestro Gidon Kremer (, one of the most acclaimed virtuoso violinists in the world, who is graciously gifting his unique talent to Looking at the Stars’ audience at the Pacific Institution Regional Treatment Centre.

This extraordinary musician and humanitarian will make history in Abbotsford on January 29, 2020, by performing for the inmates and staff of this correctional institution, bringing dignity, light and hope to the darkest corner of our society. No classical virtuoso of this stature has ever made themselves available to such a unique event.

An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Gidon Kremer has made over 120 albums. Many of these have received prestigious international awards and prizes in recognition of his exceptional interpretative insights. The artist’s list of awards includes, among many others, the Grand prix du Disque, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Premio dell’ Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Triumph Prize 2000 (Moscow), the Unesco Prize in 2001, the Saeculum Glashütte Original MusikFestspielPreis from Dresden in 2007, the Rolf Schock Prize for the Musical Arts from Stockholm in 2008, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Istanbul Music Festival in 2010, and the Una Vita Nella Musica – Artur Rubinstein Prize from Venice in 2011. In 2016, Gidon Kremer has received a Praemium Imperiale prize that is widely considered to be the Nobel Prize of music.

Gidon Kremer plays an instrument made by Nicola Amati in 1641.

This extraordinary gift from one who is arguably the greatest living violist in the world, validates our mission and elevates our work to a stellar level. We are humbled and overwhelmed to receive such an endorsement by such a musical giant.

Read more about Maestro Gidon Kremer on the Columbia Music website:

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