Congratulations to Jēkabs Nīmanis!

The annual "Night of the Players"("Spēlmaņu nakts") award ceremony was traditionally held on November 23, the birthday of Latvian theatre director and the Daile Theatre founder Eduards Smiļģis at Riga's Daile Theater. For the fourth year, the sponsor of the awards was "Nordea" Bank. Awards were attributed in 18 categories. Jēkabs Nīmanis received Award for the Best music in a dramatic theater play (The Latvian National Theatre`s production "Voiceks").


New Music: New audiences - an international project on developing new concert forms for contemporary classical music. Music organisations and ensembles from 17 European countries are participating in this project and the aim is to define concert forms that are in tune with a contemporary audience. Latvian Composers' Union and the National Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Riga will participate in this cultural project in the next two years.  More information

Congratulations to Uģis Prauliņš!

Congratulations to composer Uģis Prauliņš for prestigious nominations "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" and "Best Choral Performance" for his work «The  Nightingale» for the Grammy Awards in Nashville, U.S.  Uģis Praulins composed "The Nightingale" in 2010 for the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and flutist Michala Petri, it premiered in Denmark's Arhus on March 30, 2011. The composition was recorded and released on a  CD by the Danish record company "Our Recordings".The nominations for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday, 5th December. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Congratulations to Ēriks Ešenvalds!

Congratulations to composer Ēriks Ešenvalds for prestigious nomination for his work Légende de la Femme Emmurée for the International Composers Award in Britain! This important nominationis for works, which experienced the British premiere in concert season 2009/2010. Next to Ešenvalds for the reward qualifying two global celebrities: Magnus Lindberg and his vocal-symphonic piece Grafitti, and Korean composer Unsuk Chin Concerto for cello and orchestra. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in the 30th November in London.

Santa Ratniece in Sydney

Santas Ratniece’s string quartet Alveoles was chosen for this year’s World Music Days festival program organized by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) in Sydney.  The sophisticated microsonoric quartet composed in 2005, in which the composer depicts various colors and shades of honey, has witnessed many a string quartet interpretation, including the performance by the world famous Arditti quartet.  In Sydney, this work will gain an additional depiction by the Australian Goldner String Quartet. Santa Ratniece represents Latvia for the second time in this prestigious festival – her choral work Saline performed by the Latvian Radio Choir in 2008 was heard in Vilnius.



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