Riga Jurmala Academy

The Riga Jurmala Music Festival is proud to introduce a new music education initiative – Riga Jurmala Academy. Organised in collaboration with the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, the country’s centre for excellence in classical music training, the Riga Jurmala Academy will provide unique artistic development opportunities for young and talented musicians from the Baltics and abroad, organizing masterclasses and workshops with selected soloists and orchestra musicians drawn from the festival roster.

“I strongly believe that every festival should always aim to educate as well as entertain. For the general public, this could take the form of pre-concert talks and detailed program notes about the works to be performed.  For young artists, who will hopefully be performing on these same festival stages in the future, masterclasses led by outstanding seasoned artists is an incredible opportunity.  By opening some of the masterclasses to the public, festivalgoers can also witness a master sharing his or her know-how and experience with a developing performer.  I am very proud of what we have been able to achieve in this respect for just the second edition of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival.  I am convinced that the Riga Jurmala Academy is just the beginning of a parallel chapter to the amazing adventure we began in 2019.”

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

“Latvia’s unparalleled energy with which it approaches music education and the country’s deeply engrained musical traditions have been upheld for centuries, creating one of the most culturally educated populations in the world. When we founded the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, we had a specific long-term vision. We wanted to create a unique platform in Latvia providing young talent from all over the Baltics and beyond with the best opportunities to work with the world’s greatest musicians, as well as deepen their cultural understanding and foster cultural exchange. I truly believe the Academy will achieve all of this and more and am thrilled that we can introduce this initiative in our 2020 season.”

Zane Čulkstēna / Executive director of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival

“Masterclasses in piano, conducting, strings and woodwinds will take place during the scheduled weekends of the 2020 Riga Jurmala Music Festival and will be led by the artists appearing in the concerts. Rarely do young musicians have the simultaneous opportunity to witness their professors demonstrating on stage the advice they give during the masterclasses. We’re delighted that these great musicians and international stars are engaging in the spirit of Latvia’s artistic excellence, providing a wonderful new platform for deserving musicians to further develop their craft with these masters.” 

Toms Ostrovskis / Director of Riga Jurmala Academy

Masterclasses of Riga Jurmala Academy


The Riga Jurmala Academy will offer to the young pianists an opportunity to participate in masterclasses of world-renowned pianists, visiting Riga and Jurmala to perform at the Festival.

11/07 – Sir András Schiff
30/08 – Leif Ove Andsnes

Strings & Winds

From July 18 to July 21 musicians from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will share their knowledge and skills with promising young musicians from Latvia, the Baltics and other countries.

18/07 – 21/07
Tobias Steymans, violin
Julita Smoleń, violin
Lionel Cottet, cello
Heinrich Braun, double bass
Philippe Boucly, flute
Natalie Schwaabe, piccolo flute
Carsten Carey Duffin, French horn


The Riga Jurmala Academy will commemorate the legacy of the exceptional Latvian artist Mariss Jansons with masterclasses for young conductors, providing an exclusive opportunity to learn from Manfred Honeck.

18/07 – Manfred Honeck