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February 28, 2022

Riga Jurmala Music Festival Suspended

Dear Friends of the Festival! Due to the unfolding tragic war in Ukraine, we have decided to cancel next summer’s Festival. It is not a decision we take lightly but, in times of such human tragedy, we feel that the right thing to do is to forgo the planned events. We strongly condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine! Since the events and our announcement of Friday, changes have been made to the Festival’s trustees and management with further ones to follow.  In addition, we are committed to a full review of our operations in order to determine the Festival’s viability. All ticket holders will be automatically refunded in full within the next two weeks. Gift card holders are invited to contact [email protected] to organize a refund. We are deeply saddened by this turn of events but our focus now as a team and individually is to determine how we can help the Ukrainian victims of this terrible war.

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February 25, 2022

Dear friends and visitors of the Festival!

We, like everyone else, are shocked by what is happening and strongly condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Riga Jurmala Music Festival is an international organization rooted in freedom, democracy, and peace. In response to yesterday's events and news, we have proposed fundamental changes in the operations of the Festival, which we will inform you about in the coming days. We have great respect for our artists and audience and will continue treating them with the utmost responsibility.

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February 14, 2022

Riga Jurmala Music Festival masterclasses will resume with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra musicians

Today, the Symphony Orchestra Festival “Riga Jurmala” announced launching its educational initiative, the Riga Jurmala Academy, with an online music master classes led by the world-renowned musicians, scheduled to perform this summer. The upcoming master classes will take place on February 16 and 18 and will be led by the leading Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) musicians - cellist Lionel Cottet and double bassist and concertmaster Philipp Stubenrauch. The master classes will be publicly available on the academy’s Facebook page: facebook.com/rigajurmalaacademy.

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December 10, 2021

Riga Jurmala Music Festival Announces 2022 Programme

Described by the UK’s Daily Telegraph as one of the Top Ten Music Festivals, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival 2022 comprises four weekends each presenting a major international orchestra: the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Michael Tilson Thomas, the Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra with Klaus Mäkelä and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck.

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November 30, 2021

Riga Jurmala Music Festival plans to announce 2022 Programme on 9 December

Established as one of the leading Europe’s summer destinations for the symphonic music lovers, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival will return in the Summer 2022 with four musical weekends centred around four major international symphonic orchestras. The Festival plans to announce its new season and the artistic programme on December 9, 2021 at the online event which will take place on the Festival’s official website and Facebook site.

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November 22, 2021

Riga Jurmala Academy Summer 2021 live masterclasses now available online

Šī gada vasarā Rīgas Jūrmalas mūzikas festivāla ietvaros un sadarbībā ar Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas mūzikas akadēmiju norisinājās festivāla izglītības programmas iniciatīvas - “Rīga Jūrmala” akadēmijas -  klātienes meistarklases. Tajās piedalījās jaunie mūzikas talanti no Baltijas valstīm un pianists Andrāšs Šifs, čellists Miša Maiskis, soprāns Renē Fleminga un pianisti Leifs Ūve Annsnēs un Jefims Bronfmans, kuri uzstājās arī uz festivāla “Rīga Jūrmala” skatuvēm Dzintaru koncertzālē un Lielajā Ģildē.

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September 9, 2021

Riga Jurmala Music Festival Concludes 2021 Season

The Riga Jurmala Music Festival has come to a close with two grand concerts by the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and famous Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons, as well as performances from virtuoso artists Mao Fujita and Marc Bouchkov. Over four weekends, 329 musicians from around the world, three of the world’s best orchestras conducted by Andris Nelsons, John Elliot Gardiner and Daniel Harding, and top-class soloists of different generations visited Riga and Jūrmala.

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September 1, 2021

Press Conference: 4th weekend opening

Already tomorrow, on September 2 from 5 till 6 p.m. (Riga time) Festival's press conference will take place to open the 4th weekend of the Festival. The conference will be live-streamed on the Festival's website and Facebook page.

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August 31, 2021

4,000 People Attended Last Week’s Riga Jurmala Music Festival Concerts

On Sunday, August 29th, the third weekend of the Rīga Jūrmala Music Festival came to a close with a concert by world-class Latvian soprano Kristīne Opolais and pianist Agnese Egliņa. During the weekend, five classical music concerts were attended by almost 4,000 audience members from Latvia and elsewhere.

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August 28, 2021

Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel withdraws from Sunday’s performance at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival for health reasons; Latvian star soprano Kristīne Opolais steps in to offer an evening of songs and opera arias

The Riga Jurmala Music Festival announces the withdrawal of bass-baritone Bryn Terfel from his scheduled recital on Sunday 29 August at 7pm at the Dzintari Concert Hall following medical advice to recover from health issues. Latvian soprano and leading international opera performer Kristīne Opolais has graciously accepted to offer a recital in collaboration with pianist Agnese Egliņa at the same date, time and venue.

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