Latvian violinist Kristine Balanas is considered to be one of the most versatile and inspiring violinists of her generation.
Ms. Balanas has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction in 2014 and was awarded Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize.
Kristine has received numerous awards in several international competitions, most notably First Prize in addition to the ‘Virtuoso Prize’ in the 12th International Violin competition in Kloster Schöntal and the 30th International Violin Competition Rodolfo Lipizer in 2011, alongside a special prize for the best interpretation of a 20th-century violin concerto.
She is a frequent soloist with such orchestras as the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the London Philharmonic and the Sendai Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, EUYO Symphony Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, and the Latvian National Orchestra, among others. She has regularly worked with acclaimed musicians Maxim Vengerov and Yuri Bashmet.
Ms. Balanas has appeared in major concert halls around the world and is a frequent guest performer on BBC Radio programmes.
Kristine performs on a 1787 Antonio Gragnani violin, kindly on loan by the Beares International Violin Society.