Gidon Kremer is one of the most celebrated violinists. Gidon Kremer was born in Riga, Latvia, and started playing the violin at a very young age. His first teachers were his father and grandfather, both professional violinists. When he was six, Gidon Kremer became a student at the Riga Music School, a preeminent teaching institution in the former Soviet Union. His first prize was awarded to Kremer when he was 16: The first Prize of the Latvian Republic.
At 18 Gidon Kremer was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory where his teacher was the legendary David Oistrakh. A few years later Gidon Kremer won First Prizes at the most important competitions: Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, Paganini Competition in Genoa and Tchaikovsky International Competitions in Moscow.