Riga Jurmala Academy

The Riga Jurmala Music Festival announces the 2020-2021 season of the Riga Jurmala Academy, organised in collaboration with the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. Masterclasses in piano, strings, brass and wind instruments, conducting and singing will take place online beginning in December as well as face-to-face in Riga during the scheduled weekends of the 2021 Riga Jurmala Music Festival, to be led by the artists appearing in future or past concerts.

The online masterclasses will kick off in December 2020 and will continue through June 2021. The schedule and the artists leading them will be announced progressively.

The Riga Jurmala Academy will offer participants the chance to perform during the course, and it will invite selected young artists to perform in future editions of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival.

Applications will be open to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students with performance experience. The application process will require submitting performance videos, photos and a biography. A certain number of merit-based scholarships will be available covering travel and subsistence costs.

The schedule of in-person masterclasses will be announced and the application procedure will open in Spring 2021.

“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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