July 16, 2023
Dzintari beach
Sunrise concert

The festival will be opened by the traditional sunrise concert on 16 July on Dzintari Beach with the principal organist of the Elbe Philharmonic, the Queen of the Organ, Iveta Apkalna. Her sunrise concert programmes are always distinguished by their thoughtful content and dramaturgy, in which the selected works organically resonate with the sounds of nature and gradually prepare us for the miraculous moment of sunrise, providing an unforgettable listening experience.

Entrance to the concert is free.

It will be possible to listen to the concert both on the beach and on the water, arriving with your own boat.

Jūrmala Festival takes place thanks to the support of the city of Jūrmala.

Iveta Apkalna, organ


Iveta Apkalna

Iveta Apkalna


Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna is considered one of the leading instrumentalists in the world. Since 2017 she has served as the titular organist of the Klais organ at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. For the January 2017 opening of the hall she took part in the two world premieres of the evening: Wolfgang Rihm’s Triptychon und Spruch in memoriam Hans Henny Jahnn with Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Jörg Widmann’s ARCHE with Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. In September 2018 Berlin Classics released the album “Light & Dark”, the first solo album recorded on the Klais organ at the Elbphilharmonie.