Today, September 1st, the first Riga Jurmala Music Festival ended. Over four weekends, more than 350 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 Riga and Jūrmala.
This weekend from August 30 to September 1 festival guests will have the chance to enjoy the last concerts of the first Riga Jurmala Music Festival. To help with getting ready for this event, the festival organisers have prepared some practical advice and we invite you to acquaint yourself with it before the concerts.
This week, from August 30th to September 1st, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival will continue with five excellent concerts at the Great and Small Halls of the Dzintari Concert Hall, as well as Riga’s Great Guild. The end of the Festival will be centered around the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda, soloists Seong-Jin Cho (piano, 30.08), Vadim Repin (violin, 31.08), soprano Ying Fang (31.08), Edgar Moreau (cello, 01.09) and Lucas Debargue (piano, 01.09).
Five outstanding concerts took place over the third weekend of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, which were centred around the highly anticipated performances of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. Audiences were enthralled by soloists such as Yuja Wang, Jan Lisiecki, Denis Kozhukhin and Alexandra Conunova.
Today, August 25th, the third weekend of the RĪGA JŪRMALA Music Festival will end with a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). Under legendary conductor Zubin Mehta, the orchestra will perform Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Yuja Wang. A broadcast of the concert will be available exclusively on replay.lv, and at 22:35 on Latvian Television.
To help with getting ready for this event, the festival organisers have prepared some practical advice and we invite you to acquaint yourself with it before the concerts.
Pianist Jan Lisiecki will replace pianist Murray Perahia on August 24 at 7pm at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival in the performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Zubin Mehta. Unfortunately, Murray Perahia has had to withdraw from this engagement due to ill health, as well as engagements at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms in London and the Lucerne Festival. The program will remain unchanged: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major op. 58 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major.
This week, from August 23rd to 25th, the new Riga Jurmala Music Festival continues with five excellent concerts at the Great and Small Halls of the Dzintari Concert Hall. Performing at the third weekend of the festival will be young pianist Jan Lisiecki (23.08), the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and legendary conductor Zubin Mehta (24. and 25.08), world-famous pianists Murray Perahia (24.08) and Yuja Wang (25.08), in addition to chamber performances by pianist Denis Kozhukhin (24.08) and violinist Alexandra Conunova (25.08).
Yesterday, August 19th, the second weekend of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival closed with a chamber music concert by baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Simon Lepper, as well as a concert by the Russian National Orchestra, cellist Mischa Maisky and conductor Mikhail Pletnev.
On August 17th two wonderful concerts took place in the Small Hall of the Dzintari Concert Hall: guitarist MILOŠ and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra String Quartet played music from Bach to The Beatles; while the evening saw a top solo concert given by soprano Olga Peretyatko, who replaced tenor Joseph Calleja, who had taken ill.