The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra withdraws due to COVID-19; Mikhail Pletnev steps in with a rare all-Chopin recital and a chamber music encounter with cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Daniel Lozakovich
The Riga Jurmala Music Festival opened last weekend 16-18 July with huge success, being one of the world’s first international music festivals to welcome 100% capacity audiences without masks. The Festival took the decision to only allow audience members who had been double vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19, to allow for maximum numbers of people to enjoy the world-class visiting artists in the safest possible circumstances. The first weekend saw around 3,500 visitors across the five concerts at Riga’s Great Guild and Jurmala’s Dzintari Concert Hall.
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 Sunday, July 18, Latvian Television will broadcast from Dzintari Concert Hall a special concert by the newly-formed Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra, conducted by the renowned British conductor John Eliot Gardiner.
The Riga Jurmala Music Festival, an international classical music festival whose opening concerts are set to take place on the weekend of July 16 to 18, has announced that music students from all three Baltic states will have the opportunity to attend in-person masterclasses with guest artists performing at the festival this summer. The first masterclasses will take place already on July 17 at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with the distinguished Hungarian pianist Sir András Schiff. Three young pianists will take part in the masterclasses: Kasparas Mikužis (Lithuania), Pāvels Laganovskis (Latvia) and Tähe-Lee Liiv (Estonia).
The international online Digital Transformation in Culture conference took place today, July 6th, with the participation of a range of culture professionals from world-renowned organisations and projects.
To symbolically launch the international Riga Jurmala classical music festival, the first Riga Jurmala Musical Soirées were held on July 2nd and 3rd in the square opposite the Latvian National Opera.
On 2 July 2021, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival has announced that musicians from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concertgebouworkest, the Oslo Philharomonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will come together to honour the great Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons. Under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner, the Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra will debut at this year’s Riga Jurmala Music Festival’s opening weekend (16 – 18 July) in lieu of the previously announced Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which withdrew due to COVID-19-related circumstances. The Festival has further announced modified admission procedures for the first weekend, resulting in markedly increased capacities.
To launch the international “Riga Jurmala” classical music festival, the first two Musical Soirées of this summer will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of July in the square opposite the Latvian National Opera. In partnership with Radio 3 “Klasika”, visitors of those and other upcoming events that will take place in various Riga’s parks and on the beach in Jurmala, will be able to listen to recordings by various world-famous orchestras and artists from this year’s festival concert programme.
One of the most anticipated summer destinations for classical music lovers, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, returns in less than a month with the first weekend set to take place between July 16th and 18th in the Baltic beachside resort Jurmala.