“After programming three editions of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, we are starting to see that our focus on building a relationship with Latvian audiences and the international artistic community is starting to bear fruit. It is wonderful to see some familiar artists and orchestras return, as one can never get enough of their talent, while it is also exciting to welcome several new faces, including the young talent you may discover during the noon concert series. Although its birth was by force majeure, the Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra raises the Riga Jurmala Music Festival to another level altogether, as a proprietary orchestra adds a dimension we had never anticipated to materialize so early in the life of this wonderful project,” says Martin T: son Engstroem, Artistic Director of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival.
“There are many great reasons to look forward to the Festival’s 2022 season and I am very grateful to our artistic team who have yet again managed to put together an absolutely brilliant and unique programme. Next summer will be special for several reasons. First, we are thrilled to welcome back our beloved Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra, which was born this year at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival under unique circumstances. Secondly, the whole Festival team is particularly happy to see the presence of more Latvian ensembles in this year’s programme. Finally – even in these uncertain times we have not only managed to maintain warm and loyal relationships with our partners and contributors but continue welcoming new partners and expanding our existing collaborations, including with such international reputable partners as Credit Suisse!” says Zane Čulkstēna, Executive Director of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival.
Each visiting orchestra gives two evening concerts, with the third evening of the weekend dedicated to a recital featuring a prominent soloist or soloists. The Riga Jurmala Music Festival’s dual location in Latvia’s historic capital city of Riga and the forested seaside resort of Jurmala add to the experience of visiting the Festival. Evening performances take place at the Latvian National Opera in Riga or the open-air Dzintari Concert Hall in Jurmala, while all noon concerts take place at the Small Guild in Riga.
In 2022 the Riga Jurmala Music Festival will continue its music education initiative, the Riga Jurmala Academy, organised in collaboration with the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, the country’s centre for excellence in classical music performance. The Riga Jurmala Academy will provide young and talented musicians from Latvia and abroad with unparalleled opportunities for artistic development and collegial interaction through masterclasses and workshops with selected soloists and orchestral musicians from the 2022 festival roster.