Riga Jurmala Academy

From May 2020 until the present moment, more than ninety individual masterclasses have taken place with twenty-eight artists, including French violinist Renaud Capuçon, baritone Benjamin Appel, cellist Mischa Maisky, classical guitar virtuoso Miloš, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, soprano Olga Peretyatko, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, the celebrated pianist Yefim Bronfman and others. Masterclasses have also been led by orchestra musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This year alone, the online masterclasses have reached almost one hundred thousand viewers.

This summer during the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, masterclasses will take place in person. Recordings of them will be available after the festival. Online masterclasses will resume in September.

Summer 2021 masterclasses:

  • 17.07. András Schiff, piano
  • 06.08. Renaud Capuçon, violin
  • 28.08. Yefim Bronfman, piano
  • 03.09. Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

“I believe that all festivals should aim for both entertainment and education. For the wider public and classical music lovers, this might be in the form of pre-concert talks or more detailed notes by musicologists on the concert programmes. For young artists who, we hope, will soon be performing on the stage of this and other festivals, masterclasses by world-famous artists are a unique opportunity. It is also a chance for festival attendees who are able to take part in these public masterclasses and watch the established soloists’ dialogues with young talents. I am very proud that we have been able to implement this significant initiative already in the second year of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival.”

Martin T:son Engstroem / Artistic Director of Riga Jurmala Music Festival 

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