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The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the 2019 Riga Jurmala Festival

Melissa Bradshaw

Riga Jurmala Festival announces 2020 programme

12:28, 4th November 2019

The Riga Jurmala Festival has announced its 2020 programme, taking place across four weekends between 10 July and 30 August in the Latvian cities of Riga and Jurmala.

Resident orchestras for 2020 are the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Lahav Shani (10 –12 July), the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Manfred Honeck (17 – 19 July), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Yuri Temirkanov (14 – 16 August) and the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy (28 – 30 August). Both the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Philharmonia will be making their debuts at the festival.

Orchestral and chamber music concerts feature soloists Behzod Abduraimov, Leif Ove Andsnes, Gautier Capuçon, Nelson Freire, Matthias Goerne, Hélène Grimaud, Alexandre Kantorow, Leonidas Kavakos, Daniel Lozakovich, Tuls Mørk, Maria João Pires and András Schiff.

Next year, the festival will also introduce a music education initiative: The Riga Jurmala Music Academy. Organised in collaboration with the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, the initiative will provide artistic opportunities for young and talented musicians from Latvia and abroad through a series of master classes and workshops with selected soloists and orchestra musicians on the 2020 festival roster.

Artistic director Martin Engstroem comments: ‘The summer of 2020 will be musically rich, offering a wide range of the finest instrumentalists and vocalists of today coupled with some of the greatest emerging talents of the next generation. I am particularly proud that we have brought together some of the most truly exceptional pianists of our time, some of which have chosen to celebrate the 250th Beethoven anniversary together with us.’


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