July 16, 2023 20:00
The Great Hall
Vestards Šimkus and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Vestards Šimkus, piano
Diāna Jaunzeme – Portnaja, organ
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor – Jānis Liepiņš
George Gershwin Piano Concerto
Camille Saint-Saëns “Danse Macabre”
Camille Saint-Saëns 3rd Symphony
Leonard Bernstein “Candide” Overture
Dzintari Concert Hall would like to announce that the soloist and title of the concert have been changed. Due to her health, Baiba Skride will not be able to participate in the concert. The soloist of the concert will be virtuoso Latvian pianist Vestards Šimkus.
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Approximate duration of the concert: 2 hours 30 minutes
The festival is supported by Jūrmala Municipality.
The project is co-financed by REACT-EU funding for mitigating the consequences of the pandemic crisis.
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) is one of the cornerstones of Latvian national culture. Founded in 1926 as the Riga Radio Centre Orchestra, the LNSO has borne its current name since 1990. The orchestra is a six-time winner of the Grand Music Award, Latvia’s highest honour in classical music. In May 2022, Finnish Tarmo Peltokoski became the Music and Artistic Director of the LNSO. In recent years, the LNSO has performed at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Grand Théâtre of Aix-en-Provence, among many other important European concert halls. The orchestra has participated in the Festival de La Roque-d'Anthéron in France, the Bratislava Music Festival in Slovakia and has taken the stage in Germany, Switzerland, and the Baltic States.
Jānis Liepiņš is one of the most promising and talented conductors of his generation, a sought-after conductor of opera music who has regularly collaborated with outstanding opera singers. Since 2019, he has been First Kapellmeister of the Mannheim National Opertheater.
"Vestards Šimkus is something special! He has an inimitable personality, self-confidence and brilliant technique. Some people can talk about the end of classical music, but when you hear Šimkus play, you can be sure - classical music is doing quite well," - Paavo Järvi, the Estonian Grammy Award-winning conductor. Vestards Šimkus gained international recognition after winning several competitions, including winning 1st place at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona (2009).
DIĀNA JAUNZEME-PORTNAJA graduated from J. Ivanovs Rēzekne Secondary Music School, and afterwards, from J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, attaining her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the organ class of prof. T. Deksnis (2005). The organist developed her mastery in the Enschede Academy of Music in the Netherlands (2001), the International Organ Academy in Sweden (2003, 2005), and in master classes in Sweden, Spain and Lithuania. She has frequently performed concerts in churches of Rīga and Latvia both with solo programs and in collaboration with soloists and choirs; performed in Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and other countries. D. Jaunzeme-Portnaja is a member of the organ duet RIGA ORGANUM DUO since 2013. The organist works as a project manager, as well, organizing concert series in many Latvian churches and taking part for organization of the historical organs festival over the Latvia since 2017.