One of the most significant cultural monuments offering a comprehensive program of culture with participation of local and foreign guest artists. In 1936 a closed type concert hall architected according to the projects of Alexander Birzenieks and Victor Mellenburg with 690 seats, the interior of which retaining three separate paintinging - “Lielupe”, “Jūra” (“Sea”) and “Latvia” by Ansis Cirulis, a master of applied and decorative arts and inhabitant of Jurmala ”. In 1960 an open air summer concert hall was built with the capacity of welcoming 2000 people as an audience. Architects Modris Gelzis, Alberts Vecsilis, constructor Andris Bite. The decoration of metal constructions of the concert hall with a wooden sidings provide a great acoustics. In 2015, after a full reconstruction the historical small hall of the closed type concert hall was opened to the audience.
Performers: Jan Lisiecki, piano
The third weekend of the RĪGA JŪRMALA Music Festival will be opened by pianist Jan Lisiecki, who was named by the Gramophone magazine as the 2013 Young Artist of the Year. Music critics have called him a “child prodigy”, later “genius” and “the modern Mozart”. The musician himself perceived this as an unnecessary burden on such a young artist, creating needless, even harmful psychological pressure. But his achievements outperform even the press’ adulation – unmatched, individually bright interpretations, and a personal charisma which has opened the doors to almost all of the world’s major concert halls.Close
Performers: Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Pianist Denis Kozhukhin (1986) is one of the greatest pianists of his generation. His playing is characterised by sensitivity, engrossment in the message of the music, and crystal-clear technique. Critics, praising his playing, use words such as “captivating,” “compelling,” “fascinating”. And also powerful. Listening to him play is said to be an opportunity to experience the most deliberative, sensitive and purposeful piano playing of our time. A diamond of piano playing polished by legends, teacher Dmitri Bashkirov and mentor Daniel Barenboim.Close
Performers: Murray Perahia (piano), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Zubin Mehta
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major op. 58
Gustav MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D Major
The meeting of three international performance legends – the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta and pianist Murray Perahia – promises to be an unforgettable musical experience. The pianist will visit Latvia for the first time, although he has inspired pianists of multiple generations through listening, admiring and imitating his interpretations. Along with Zubin Mehta and his orchestra, Perahia will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 – a work which sparkles with the spirit of improvisation, a completely free and exciting musical direction, in which silence has just as much significance as sound. Only true masters can achieve this!Close
Performers: Alexandra Conunova (violin) and Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
Francis POULENC Sonata for violin and piano op. 119
Richard STRAUSS Sonata for violin and piano in E Flat Major op. 18
The duet between Conunova and Kozhukhin is the magnetic attraction of two polar opposites – in Conunova’s hands, her 18th century Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ instrument becomes a nuanced, deeply considered conversation leader, whose conversation partner is Kozhukhin’s piano playing – passionate, with the conviction that the instrument has no boundaries.Close
Performers: Yuja Wang (piano), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Zubin Mehta
Sergei RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor op. 30
Hektor BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique op. 14
The meeting of the richly traditional Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting legend Zubin Mehta, and the most unusual piano star of our era in Jūrmala will make the audience believe in miracles. Yuja Wang’s playing is characterised by “technical ease, colouristic range and sheer power has always been remarkable … but these days there is an ever-greater depth to her musicianship, drawing you into the world of each composer with compelling immediacy,” wrote the Financial Times a year ago.
The concert will feature one of the most frequently performed Sergei Rachmaninoff opuses – his Piano Concerto No. 3, known as one of the most difficult piano concertos, requiring perfect technique and musicality. They will also perform Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, which split music history into before and after.Close
Performers: Seong-Jin Cho (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Suite The Invisible City of Kitezh
Sergei PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor op. 16
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 54
At the heart of the final weekend of the RĪGA JŪRMALA Music Festival is an orchestra which could easily be called the bravest and wittiest of the world’s orchestras. The concept of “boundaries” doesn’t seem to apply to the London Symphony Orchestra. Since its founding in 1904, the ensemble has always been avant garde, introducing or encapsulating the trends of the time. The Orchestra was the first to make records, film music, found its own record label, play at the Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games and has taken contemporary music to new heights.
The LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho first collaborated in a recording of Frédéric Chopin’s music. Today the musicians will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the RĪGA JŪRMALA Music Festival.Close
Performers: Ying Fang (soprano) and Ken Noda (piano)
HÄNDEL Endless Pleasure (Semele)
HÄNDEL Angels Ever Bright and Fair (Theodora)
SCHUBERT Viola, D. 876
SCHUBERT Nacht und Träume, D. 827
SCHUBERT Ganymed, D. 544
MOZART Deh vieni non tardar (Le nozze di Figaro)
MOZART S’altro che lagrime (La Clemenza di Tito)
MOZART Misera, dove son!, K.369
BIZET Chanson d’avril
BIZET La Coccinelle
RACHMANINOFF Selections from Romances, Op.38
One of the most promising young sopranos in the world, Ying Fang is seen as one of the most talented Chinese opera singers of her generation. The press have praised her vocal vitality, attractiveness, and ability to inhabit many different emotional states, also putting to use her charming, flirtatious acting talent. Fang sings with a sophisticated lightness and directness, both dignified and convincing. It would be incorrect to call her “promising” – according to many critics she is already a fully matured artist.
Fang feels equally free with the music of different eras, paying particular attention to the greats of Baroque and Romanticism. In Jūrmala, Fang will be joined on stage by prominent pianist and vocal coach Ken Noda, whose primary role is at the Metropolitan Opera, but has given concerts with almost all of the world’s leading opera singers.
With concerts taking place in the historic cities of Riga and Jurmala, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival features four weekends throughout the summer. A leading international orchestra and conductor anchor each weekend, offering a range of symphonic concerts and recitals that feature leading stars and young up-and-coming talent.Close