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Monday, November 27, 2017
Crossroads 2017

Ben Lunn, 

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Monday, November 06, 2017
Jāzeps Vītols 7th International Piano Competition has come to its close


The intense and emotional week of Jāzeps Vītols 7th International Piano Competition has come to its close. The “Grand Prix” and 3000 EUR sponsored by the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation were awarded to the 21-year-old pianist Aleksandr Kashpurin from Russia who also received the prize for the best interpretation of Jāzeps Vītols’ music and an invitation to collaborate with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, October 22, 2017
The 7th Jāzeps Vītols International Piano Competition will commence next week


One of the most significant events of Latvian piano music scene - the 7th Jāzeps Vītols International Piano Competition - will commence next week, organized by Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
IV Riga International Woodwind Symposium


From October 11th to 14th Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music will host the IV Riga International Woodwind Symposium. As every year, excellent musicians and teachers will share their skills with students. This year they are Louise Pellerin /oboe, Switz...
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Pēteris Plakidis (March 4, 1947 – August 8, 2017)


The greatest musical poet and interpreter we know among Latvian composers has passed away in this, the year we have been celebrating his 70th birthday.
Judging by his biography, Pēteris Plakidis can also be called the most academic of our composers, beca...
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Female composers in the Baltic

Ben Lunn, 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Nine choirs from nine different European countries will compete this Saturday (22 July) in Riga, Latvia to be crowned the very first “Eurovision Choir of the Year”.
This brand new competition from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is...
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Call for Papers for EAS2018 in Jelgava/Riga, Latvia! 

Next year's EAS Conference will take place in the beautiful city of Jelgava (near Riga) in Latvia from March 14 to 17, 2018. The conference theme is Competences in Music Education. Please submit the completed proposal form toeas2018(at)eas-music...
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
On a mission for Latvian music

Jens Cornelius, 

27 years after gaining independence, Latvia is still under construction. Concerning the situation for classical music, Latvia is facing the same problem Denmark was troubled by a couple of decades ago: Insufficient presentation, distribution, and export o...
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Monday, June 05, 2017
Baltic Musical Gems. Interview - Santa Buss

Ben Lunn, 

After a lot of manic days with Druskomanija Festival and fast approaching deadlines, it is nice to have a moment to step back and return to another interview. This time I had the joy of interviewing Latvian composer Santa Buss, a composer whom I have admi...
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Sunday, November 06, 2016
Vasks’ five string quartets now available on 2 CDs

Egils Kaljo, 

In celebration of composer Pēteris Vasks’ 70th birthday in 2016, many recording projects were undertaken, and among the many such projects, perhaps the most ambitious is the recording of Vasks five (to date) string quartets by the Spīķeru Strin...
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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Latvian opera singer Egils Siliņš’ new CD titled “Latvian Songs”

Egils Kaljo, 

Latvian bass baritone Egils Siliņš, perhaps the best known Latvian opera singer internationally, has graced stages all over the world, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, La Scala in Milan, and many others. H...












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