May 25, 2021

Two Riga Jurmala Academy Masterclasses Scheduled for June With Soprano Olga Peretyatko and Bassoonist Simon Van Holen!

The online Riga Jurmala Academy masterclasses scheduled for June will be lead by world-famous soprano Olga Peretyatko and Royal Concertgebouworkest bassoonist Simon Van Holen. At the request of the artist, the masterclass with Yefim Bronfman scheduled for today has been postponed indefinitely. 

As one of the world’s most in-demand sopranos, Olga Peretyatko gained international acclaim when she won at Spanish singer Placido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition. Since that time, the musician has been a regular guest at all the most significant opera houses, concert halls and festivals, including La Scala in Milan, the Berlin State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera and others.


Simon Van Holen began playing the bassoon at the age of eight. In 2003, he entered Royal Conservatoire The Hague, before later studying at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf under Gustavo Núñez, graduating in 2010. Later, Van Holen was invited to join the Zermatt Festival Academy and the Gustav Mahler Academy. In 2011, the musician joined the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker as solo contrabassoon, and since 2012 he has held the same role at the Royal Concertgebouworkest.


The online masterclasses can be viewed on the Rīga Jūrmala Academy Facebook page.

Information on the date and time of Yefim Bronfman’s postponed masterclass will be announced later. Audiences can enjoy this vibrant, world-renowned pianist’s impressive technique, power, and unusual lyrical talents in person at this summer’s Rīga Jūrmala Music Festival, where Bronfman is scheduled to perform at the Dzintari Concert Hall on August 27th alongside the Royal Concertgebouworkest and conductor Daniel Harding.

Online Riga Jurmala Academy masterclasses have already taken place this year, with leading musicians from the  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra including Omar Tomasoni (trumpet), Dominic Seldis (double bass), Gregor Horsch (cello), Emily Beynon (flute) and Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe); the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra including Lionel Cottet (cello); French violinist Renaud Capuçon and German baritone Benjamin Appl; Principal Violinist Robert Chen and Principal Cellist John Sharp from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; as well as masterclasses with British mezzo soprano Alice Coote, world-class tenor Joseph Calleja and world-famous cellist Gautier Capuçon.