“We are extremely happy to be able to resume work this year, offering our new talents the opportunity to meet, communicate and learn from the best musicians. We know from last summer’s experience that students appreciate these opportunities, and the quality of online learning has improved significantly and continues to improve, ”says Jāzeps Vītola, Associate Professor of Piano Department of the Latvian Academy of Music and Riga Jurmala head of the academy Toms Ostrovskis. “While there is no substitute for the direct learning we hope to provide in the summer of the festival, this time we will be able to deliberately establish relationships with musicians, involving an increasing number of students,” emphasizes Ostrovskis.
Further master classes are planned with Omar Tomason (a leading Royal clarinetist Concertgebouw orchestra, 2/12), Lionel Cote (lead cellist, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, 8/12) and French violinist Reno Capison (16/12). Master classes will be available online Riga Jurmala academies Facebook Platform.
The festival academy master courses will be organized for orchestral ensembles, pianists, young conductors and singers.
“This initiative is a significant contribution to the development of young talent and we appreciate that despite the impact of the pandemic, we received great responses from artists to participate in it and devote our time to sharing knowledge and experience. the singer’s line-up in the festival program this season, ”says the festival Riga Jurmala Executive Director Zane Čulkstēna.
Applications for master classes are organized through the individual assessment of student performance and application.
In response to the events caused by the pandemic, Riga Jurmala In the 2020 season, the Academy changed its originally planned format by organizing online master classes for students from Latvia and the Baltic countries. Throughout the summer, 30 master classes were held with leading musicians from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Natalia Schwab (piccolo), Lionel Cote (cello), Julita Smolen (violin), Tobias Steiman (violin), Jihie Lee (violin), Bettin Fais. Ramona Ortega Kuero (oboe), Benedict Heims (viola) and world-class performers such as cellist Miša Maiskis, classical guitar virtuoso MILOŠ and Norwegian pianist Leif Ūve Andsness.
More information about the planned calendar of future master classes, artists and practical information can be found on the festival website.