July 19, 2023 20:00
The Great Hall
Ksenija Sidorova and the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
The ninth Jūrmala Festival, the grandest musical event of the summer, will take place with ten magnificent concerts from 15 to 23 July at Dzintari Concert Hall, bringing together outstanding Latvian and foreign musicians.
On 19 July, the virtuoso accordion diva Ksenija Sidorova will perform at the Jūrmala Festival together with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and its principal conductor Guntis Kuzma. Ksenija Sidorova has become a global ambassador for her instrument, reaching audiences around the world with her artistry and personal charm. Hailed as a “discoverer” (New York Times) with “breathtaking virtuosity” (The Observer), Ksenija Sidorova has become one of the world’s prominent accordion virtuosos, and her intelligently considered, carefully crafted programmes have brought a whole new level of appreciation for the accordion, hitherto known as an instrument of folk music.
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Guntis Kuzma
Ksenija Sidorova, the so-called ´Princess of the Accordion´, has charmed the world with her skilfulness and personality, becoming the world ambassador of the instrument. In 2016, she signed an exclusive contract with one of the most prestigious record labels, Deutsche Grammophon. Ksenija Sidorova has won many awards including the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Meissy Louis Prize, and was the first accordionist to receive the Honourable Prince's Guild of Musicians award. In May 2012, Ksenija was the first to receive the Bryn Terfel Foundation International Award. The accordionist has collaborated with composers such as Karl Jenkins, Hans Abrahamsen, Stefano Gervazoni, Nirmali Fen, Samantha Fernando, Carlos Duke, Elspeth Brooke and Patrick Nancy. Ksenija has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra “Sinfonietta Riga”, has given concerts at the London Royal Festival Hall, the Pearsall Hall (Southbank Centre), Bristol Colston Hall, debuted at the Lucerne Festival, Bergen Festival, Cesis Arts Festival and other festivals in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Italy.
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in the Baltic States. It was started in 1881, when the first Philharmonic in the Baltics was established. In the repertoire politics special attention is paid to Latvian music – the orchestra has repeatedly premiered and commissioned new works. In recent seasons all the 12 monumental opuses of Liepaja concert series initiated by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra have been submitted to public and specialist evaluation. They have been released by such record labels as “Odradek Records” and “Skani”. Orchestra has two times received the highest national music award – The Great Music Award, as well as numerous Latvian Recordings Awards. The season 2022. / 2023. welcomes Guntis Kuzma as its artistic director and chief conductor. The orchestra regularly tours concert halls in Latvia, and goes on tours abroad.
Since 2022/2023 year season Guntis Kuzma is the chief conductor and artistic director of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. The winner of the Grand Music Award 2018 for two outstanding performances: the interpretation of Ādolfs Skulte's Symphony No.5 at the “Grand Concert of Latvian Symphonic Music”, conducting the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, and the performance of Sebastian Fagerlund's Clarinet Concerto as a soloist. He is the winner of many international competitions.