The first weekend of the music festival “Riga Jurmala” will end today

Both concerts are sold out. The concert of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will be broadcast live on the Latvian Radio program Klasika, but with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany at 22.10 will also be shown on LTV 1.

Pianist Martin James Bartlett will give a solo concert at 14:00 in the Grand Guild. The concert will feature piano works by JS Bach, WA Mozart, F. List, R. Schuman, E. Granados, S. Prokofiev. The life of pianist Martin James Bartlett was completely changed by the BBC’s New Young Musician of the Year title won in 2014 – a victory that allowed him to embark on a full-fledged career, giving him the opportunity to travel, meet and collaborate with very inspiring musicians. The sensitivity of his game, even the sensuality, is breathtaking, and his imagination is overflowing. Martin James Bartlett played at Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday service in London. At Paul’s Cathedral, while during his British state visit to China in 2015, he made private music for China’s first lady, Peng Lijuana. He adores jazz, has recorded with Elton John, Steve Wonder and Nicholas Benedetto, and will play pearls of piano music from the 17th to the 20th century in a concert in Riga.

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will play at 19:00 at the Latvian National Opera. The concert will feature Johannes Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony. A concert by one of the world‘s best orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the outstanding Finnish conductor Suzanna Melki and the orchestra’s residency artist, the legendary pianist Rudolf Buhbinder, will allow listeners to look at the brightest opuses of symphonic music classics. The legendary pianist Rudolf Buhbinder will perform the piano concert of J. Brahms in the concert. He celebrated his 70th birthday two years ago with concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Vienna Music Society and the Berlin Philharmonic. The Vienna Philharmonic and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra honored him with the title of Honorary Member on his anniversary, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mariss Janson asked him to be the artist of the orchestra’s residence. That year, the orchestra’s website was decorated with the following words: “Rudolf Buhbinder was the youngest student ever admitted to the Vienna Academy of Music. Since then, he has played with every outstanding orchestra and conductor. Although his technique has only improved over the years, he now tends to be more nervous before concerts than before. Because now he has to convince not only the listeners, but also – and it is much harder – himself. ”

The festival consists of four series of mini-festivals – four summer weekends, each with five concerts and in their center – one outstanding heavyweight of symphonic music – the symphony orchestra. “The festival will be attended by spectators from almost 50 countries – the further countries from which we expect concert attendees are South Korea, the USA and Israel. The concerts will be shown not only on Latvian Television, but also on the international classical music platform medici.tv. The attention of the international media is also pleasing – about 40 representatives of Europe’s most famous classical music and lifestyle media will travel to Latvia to cover the course of the festival. At the same time, we are satisfied with the response of the Latvian public, as well as the support of local companies – this is what creates the special atmosphere of the festival, the feeling of the event, ”says the festival’s executive director Zane Čulkstēna.

The festival will continue in August – on three weekends in Jūrmala, three orchestras will visit the Dzintari Concert Hall – the Russian National Orchestra and conductor Mikhail Pletnov (18.08.), The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Zubins Meta (23 and 25.08) and the London Symphony 30 and 31 August), as well as representatives of the world‘s academic music elite – pianists Marija Peraija (23.08.), Yuidzya Vana (25.08.), Sonji Cho (30.08.), Violinist Vadim Repin (31.08.), Cellist Miša Maiskis (16 and 18.08), tenor Joseph Kalleja (17.08.), as well as soloists such as guitarist MILOS (17.08.), singers Jina Fana (31.08.) and Benjamin Apls (18.08.), pianists Jans Ļiseckis (23.08. ), Deniss Kožuhin (August 25) and Likā Debargs (September 1), violinist Aleksandra Konunova (August 24) and cellist Edgar Moro (September 1).

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