January 14, 2021

Riga Jurmala Academy Announces 2021 Season

The Riga Jurmala Music Festival is pleased to announce the 2021 season of the Riga Jurmala Academy. Organised in collaboration with the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, the country’s centre for excellence in classical music training, the Academy will provide unique artistic development opportunities for young and talented musicians from the Baltics and abroad. This year’s teachers for the upcoming online masterclasses include singers Benjamin Appl and Alice Coote, pianists Yefim Bronfman and Yoav Levanon, and principal musicians from the Concertgebouworkest, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“In this very critical pandemic situation, we must use every possibility, every tool we can find to keep playing, to maintain goals to practice, and to learn from one another, until normal times come back again. The Riga Jurmala Academy reacted extremely quickly to make all that happen, which is absolutely terrific, especially for the younger generation of musicians to come,” comments Lionel Cottet, the principal cellist of Bavarian Radio Symphony orchestra.

Benjamin Appl, baritone

Martin T:son Engstroem, Artistic Director of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, said: “I strongly believe that every festival should always aim to educate as well as entertain. For young artists, who will hopefully be performing on our festival stages in the future, masterclasses led by outstanding seasoned artists are an incredible opportunity. I am convinced that the Riga Jurmala Academy is just the beginning of a parallel chapter to the amazing adventure we began in 2019.”

Masterclasses will take place online throughout the spring as well as on-site in Riga during the scheduled weekends of the 2021 Riga Jurmala Music Festival, and will be led by the artists appearing in the concerts.

The Academy’s first online masterclasses have already taken place on the Riga Jurmala Academy’s Facebook page, including classes with cellist Renaud Capuçon; principal cellist of Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lionel Cottet; and the principal trumpeter of Concertgebouworkest, Omar Tomasoni.  Watch the online masterclasses here.

Masterclass schedule

Masterclasses with Alice Coote, Yefim Bronfman and Yoav Levanon to follow later in March and April.