In 2019, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival launched its inaugural season with 20 symphonic and chamber music concerts scheduled across four musical weekends. Around 16,000 visitors gathered in Riga and Jurmala from 50 countries, including the UK, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Israel, Mexico, Thailand and Australia. Over four weekends, more than 450 musicians — four of the world’s best orchestras conducted by top conductors Zubin Mehta, Mikhail Pletnev, Gianandrea Noseda and Susanna Mälkki, as well as brilliant soloists of different generations — came to perform in Riga and Jurmala.
The public and critics alike judged the inaugural Riga Jurmala Music Festival a success, with many concerts sold out and extensive worldwide press coverage, including the Daily Telegraph recognizing the festival as the No. 1 classical music summer destination and Condé Nast Traveller describing the festival as “the summer’s biggest arrival”.
The Riga Jurmala Music Festival’s dual location of Latvia’s historic capital city, Riga, and the forested seaside resort of Jūrmala appealed to visitors, who enjoyed the unique settings for this new music festival.
The goal of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival is to become one of the world’s great classical music events, offering Latvian and international music lovers the opportunity to hear dazzling performers and unforgettable experience.
The organizer of the festival is the “Riga Jurmala Music Festival” foundation.