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LATVIAN NEW MUSIC DAYS 2013

05.04. - 14.04.2013

The annual Latvian new music festival this year holds more than 25 contemporary works of Latvian composers. There will be compositions by Maija Einfelde, Jānis Porietis, Vineta Līce, Atis Stepiņš, Romualds Jermaks, Gundega Šmite, Kristaps Pētersons, Evija Vecumniece, Anitra Tumševica, Sabīne Ķezbere, Alberts Jērums, Mārtiņš Viļums, Dace Aperāne, Pēteris Vasks and new compositions by students of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.

The festival has a tradition each year to highlight some outstanding Latvian musical personality whose works are not so often played. This year the festival focuses on the composer`s Tālivaldis Ķeniņš (1919-2008) creativity. His music`s gained great success and played in many festivals and concerts all over the world, especially in Canada. He has been awarded with the Order of the Three Stars of Latvia, has been a Honorary Professor of JVLMA and a Professor Emeritus title holder after 32 years of working at the University of Toronto. In 2005 he has been awarded with the Great Music Award of Latvia.

This year the festival has invited performers such as the State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Riga, a conductor Normunds Šnē, soprano Ieva Parša, flutist Ilona Meija, pianists Agnese Egliņa and Diāna Zabdberga, violist Ināra Brīnuma, accordionist Natālija Meļņikoviča, wind quintet Kurland Quintet, Chamber Orchestra Sinfonia Concertante and conductor Guntis Kuzma.

 
LATVIAN NEW MUSIC DAYS 2012

10.03.-30.03.2012

Festival focuses on innovations introducing audience to the new music of different genres written by Latvian composers of different generations, as well as on continuity of traditions. This year the Latvian New Music Days are celebrated in Riga, Ķekava and Ventspils, with the world premiere of music from Gundaris Pone's ballet Il mio paradiso, compositions by Romualds Grīnblats, as well as string quartet performances and children's music on the programme.

 
LATVIAN NEW MUSIC DAYS 2011

04.03.-17.03.2011

Throughout the years the festival has become one of the most exciting musical experiences, performing new understandings on symphonic, electro acoustic and chamber music. Last year (2010) the festival began a new tradition – next to the innovative musical pieces the well known masters stood out to be presented by contemporary artists. 2011 passes in a sign of the composer Gundaris Pone (1932 – 1994), whose artistic heritage is somehow rarely acknowledged in Latvia.

 
LATVIAN NEW MUSIC DAYS 2010

06.03.-18.03.2010.

Latvian music is brilliant and interesting. It is enriched with many gems, which, society as a whole, is absolutely unaware of. The aim of this festival is to make Latvian music accessible and understandable to as broad an audience as possible, particularly the youth, by offering attractive and inter-active artistic and informative activities.