Overcoming Boundaries and Building Bridges

Author: Accentus Music

Filming for the Gidon Kremer portrait continues as Accentus Music follows this great musician to Moscow, the starting point of his international career.

  • Gidon Kremer | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    Gidon Kremer © Accentus Music

  • Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko, Arvo Pärt | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko, Arvo Pärt © Accentus Music

  • Behind the scenes | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    Behind the scenes © Accentus Music

“These days, the whole arts industry is more market oriented than ever. ‘Value’ is measured in terms of money, income and statistics. All too often we are tempted to believe that the primary goal of art is to entertain people. A true artist is called to swim against the waves of popularity, to dive into the deep waters of human souls and to rise to the challenge of achieving the impossible.” (Gidon Kremer upon receiving the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo in October 2016)

This film is about a great intellectual who understands himself as a mediator of values, whose ethos is alien to all forms of narcissism and the pursuit of profit. It is a quiet and thoughtful portrait of one of the most exciting artists of our time, a musician who continues to influence music life and musical discourse to this day.

"Overcoming Boundaries and Building Bridges" seeks to find out what drives a person like Gidon Kremer, what is behind making music and where the deep meaning of music is hidden. It is a film that invites one to deal with the conceptual world, of the art and books of a great musician.

Overcoming Boundaries and Building Bridges
Gidon Kremer – A portrait.

A film by Paul Smaczny
A production of Accentus Music in co-production with ZDF/Arte.

Production Company Accentus Music
Co-Production Company ZDF
Assoc. Prod. Company Arte
Director Paul Smaczny
Soloist Gidon Kremer



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