As part of the Rīga Jūrmala Festival Academy, world-famous cellist and former Rigan Mischa Maisky (1948) will give online masterclasses to young Latvian talents. The masterclass will take place on July 8th at 3 p.m., and the participants will be cellists from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music: Klāvs Jankevics, Ernests Cīrulis and Tomass Ančs. The masterclass can be viewed by the public on the Festival Facebook page. The masterclass will be moderated by composer, music journalist and critic Edgars Raginskis.
As part of the masterclass, the famous cellist will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 online. After this performance, continuing his discussion with the students, Maisky will analyse the nuances of the work performed. He will also evaluate the young cellists’ achievements from their recent masterclasses with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cellist Lionel Cottet, the recordings of which can be viewed on the Rīga Jūrmala Festival YouTube channel.
“This will not be a traditional masterclass format, but that may make it even more interesting for viewers. We are deeply grateful to the artist who has not only found the time to talk and analyse the students’ performance, but has also agreed to give a short, remote performance which I think will be enjoyed both by our students and viewers,” explains Toms Ostrovskis, Director of the Rīga Jūrmala Academy, JVLMA Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Performing Arts.