Musician, orchestra founder, artistic activist and intellectual: Violinist Gidon Kremer is one of the most exciting artists of our age. This film follows Kremer on tour around the world for a year and looks back on important stages in his life.
Kremer has been performing for half a century and has recorded more than 100 CDs. From Astor Piazzolla’s tangos to the austere music of his contemporaries Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schnittke, Kremer has always had his finger of the pulse of the times. The documentary portrays an artist whose life is inextricably linked to the history of music in the second half of the 20th and early 21st Centuries and who has had a decisive influence on modern musical life and discourse. Filmmaker Paul Smaczny accompanied Kremer for a year, observing him with the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra in Paris and in his hometown of Riga and at solo concerts in Moscow, Tokyo and Stuttgart, and discovers more about his social and political views. The film also looks at the important encounters and partnerships that have shaped the artist to this day: with his teacher David Oistrach and with great conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and James Levine.