The Riga Jurmala Music Festival has announced that its second weekend will now feature the first-ever collaboration between the renowned Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev and the up-and-coming Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich.
On Saturday 7 August the duo will interpret a programme of Schumann, Schubert and Franck at the Great Guild in Riga. Pletnev will also appear on Monday 9 August as the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1 with conductor Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Great Amber Concert Hall in Liepaja, a concert presented in cooperation with the Festival’s partner, Uniting History.
Following the withdrawal from the Festival by pianist George Li for COVID-19-related reasons, the Festival secured Pletnev’s return, this time behind the keyboard instead of on the conducting podium. Li’s solo recital on Saturday at noon has been replaced by the duet recital he was scheduled to perform with Lozakovich, which was originally scheduled for a special Thursday evening slot.
Gold Medal and First Prize winner of the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano at age 21, Mikhail Pletnev has been long recognised as one of the world’s greatest pianists as well as a highly accomplished conductor and composer (his arrangement of Prokofiev’s Cinderella recorded with Martha Argerich won a Grammy). Pletnev returns to the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, having appeared in its inaugural edition in 2019 conducting the Russian National Orchestra. He founded it in 1990 as the first independent orchestra in Russia’s history, soon taking its place among the world’s finest ensembles.