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17th International Bach Chamber Music Festival Brings Forth New Interpretations of Baroque Music


From 16 November to 6 December, at the 17th International Bach Chamber Music Festival, its director Aina Kalnciema invites the music lovers to enjoy the magnificence and versatility of Baroque music. Seven concerts in Riga and Kuldīga will give us the opportunity to hear the performances of the best Baroque orchestras from France and Germany, the Baroque music sung by a choir, duo for harpsichord and cello, piano solo as well as an ensemble unheard so far in Latvia – a quartet of historical instruments  viola da gamba.

On 16 November, at the Small Guild Hall in Riga, the Chamber Music Festival will be opened by one of the Europe’s most striking Baroque orchestras Les Ambassadeurs (France). The orchestra founded and supervised by the flute virtuoso Alexis Kossenko unites musicians from all over Europe. The collective’s performance combines musical maturity, youthful vigour and inspiring interpretation. The very popular Italian countertenor Carlo Vitoli will sing at the concert. The programme  is based on the works of Italian Baroque composers.   

On 19 November, in Kuldīga, we shall hear the rising Italian piano star Eloisa Cascio. The youngmusician has finished her Baroque music studies with honours, learned at the master classes of the leading Italian keyboard masters as well as mastered choir conducting, composition and chamber music. Already in early childhood, E. Cascio has won awards in international competitions and since her student years she has been touring the world with her concerts. 

On 24 November,  the viola da gamba quartet Les Voix Humaines (Canada) for the first time will perform in Riga.  The quartet has acquired world fame thanks to the artistic activities of the outstanding interpreter of Baroque and Renaissance music Susie Nepper.  The ensemble has recorded about 90 discs and travelled all over the world. Their musical performance has been compared by the critics to a skill of trapeze artists. Les Voix Humaines will present to the audience J. S. Bach’s masterpiece „The Art of Fugue”. 

On 26 November, at St.Magdalen Church in Riga, the music lovers are kindly invited to listen again to the Riga Bach Festival Choir. Founded in 2016 under the initiative of Aina Kalnciema, the Riga Bach Festival Choir features current and former singers from many of Latvia's top professional and amateur choirs. Under the leadership of the talented conductorChristopher Walsh Sinka (USA), the Riga Bach Festival Choir will perform the works of  Monteverdi.

On 30 November, the Bach Festival programme will offer us enchanting piano music performed by the talented and enthusiastic Daumants Liepiņš. The young musician has won first prizes in numerous important competitions. Last year he became the laureate of the Great Music Award in the category „The Young Artist of the Year”.  His piano performance is characterised by ardour and perfection.  

On 3 December, in Kuldīga, we are invited to a concert of the Festival director, harpsichordistAina Kalnciema and the celebrated violoncellist Ramon Jaffé, who is best characterised by a motto: “Classic is his love, flamenco - his passion.” At the concert held in Ernests Vīgners Kuldīga Music School, we shall hear the works of J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel as well as some passionate  flamencos performed by the artists  solo and in a duet. 

On 6 December, the programme of the Bach Festival will be concluded with the concert of the Baroque orchestra   Hofkapelle München (Germany). The musicians play ancient instruments and the sound of the orchestra is characterised by an extremely accurate manner of historic performance. Under the guidance of the famous Baroque violinist and conductor  Rüdiger Lotter the orchestra has won high acclaim of critics and audiences and to date ranks among the best German Baroque orchestras. 


Information prepared by Agnese Lapsiņa

Public relations coordinator

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The 16th Bach Chamber Music Festival Presents the Best European Baroque Ensembles, Outstanding  Soloists and the Bach Festival Choir

The 16th International Bach Chamber Music Festival will take place from the 5th of November until the 13th of December, and thePresident of the Festival, harpsichordist Aina Kalnciema, invites us to enjoy a diverse chamber music programme –world recognised Baroque music ensembles from Belgium, Spain, Poland and Italy, as well as outstanding Latvian and foreign solo artists and – for the first time in the Festival – the Choir of the Bach Chamber Music Festival.

On the 5th of November, the Festival will be opened by the vocal ensemble „Vox Luminis”, that has won international recognition as an exceptional interpreter of Renaissance and early Baroque music with an ideal  harmony of timbre, clarity and sophistication of  sound. On the 9th of November, the audience is invited to enjoy the Spanish Baroque ensemble „La Galania”, led by the brilliant soprano Raquel Andueza. The ensemble has specialised in the performance of the 17th and 18th century Baroque music and the programme of the concert promises an emotional and sophisticated musical delight. On the 30th of November, a collective from Italy „Musica Antiqua Roma” led by theoutstanding violinist Riccardo Minasi will continue the Festival by offering exceptional chamber music performance. R.Minasi has shown his talent both as a soloist and as a conductor, sharing the stage with the world’s most famous Baroque musicians and ensembles and recording multiple albums. On the final day of the Festival, the 13th of December, the audience will have the opportunity to hear the Polish Baroque Orchestra „Arte dei Sounatori” and the performance of two harpsichordists – the President of the Festival A.Kalnciema and one of Poland’s best harpsichordists Marcin Šwiatkiewicz.

The  admirers ofthe great Latvian piano sensation - Georgy Osokin - are expecteded at his concert on the 24th of November. The young and talentedmusician at the age of twenty-one has already conquered thousands of listeners and become the winner of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions. G.Osokin’s interpretations are amazingly colourful and he posesses a bright artistic manner that surprises and carries away the audience.

Two concerts that commence a new programme in the Bach Chamber Music Festival and will give an opportunity and a jumpstart to young, talented musicians have to be specially mentioned - „New Talents”. On the 16th of November,  brother and sister Daumants Liepiņš (piano) and Madara Liepiņa (violin) will perform. They have won prizes in different chamber music ensemble competitions in Latvia and foreign countries.  Daumants has also proved himself as a bright soloist, performing in concerts both solo and with Lithuanian and Swedish orchestras. At the moment he is perfecting his skills in Sweden with his teacher J.Mustonen-Dahlkvist. And on the 19th of November, Bach Chamber Music Festival Choir will perform for the first time in the Festival’s history, led by the young and promising american conductor Cristopher Walsh. C.Walsh holds a Master’s degree from Northwest University (U.S.A.), which he graduated with honours and at the moment is working with several Latvian collectives. The special Bach Festival Choir has been formed, uniting the current and previous singers of the choirs „Kamēr...”, „Sola”, „Ave Sol”, The Mixed Choir of Emīls Dārziņš and State Academic choir „Latvija”.

Tickets to the 16th International Bach Chamber Music Festival concerts are available at the booking-offices of „Biļešu paradīze” and

Festival is sponsored by Latvijas Gāze, KKF, Live Riga, Riga City Coucil, The Ministry of Culture of Poland, the Embassy of Poland, Avalon Hotel, Florist’s Linda. Informative support: TVNet, Rīgas laiks, IR, Lilit, Mediju nams, Mūzikas Saule, Figaro, Taka, Mistērija,, VESTI, LR3, LR1.


Information prepared by Agnese Lapsiņa

Public Relations Coordinator

Tel. 26198759





                                           Bach’s Week Welcomes the Italian Flute Virtuoso Massimo Mercelli

Aina Kalnciema, the director of the Bach Festival, in March invites the music lovers to the Bach’s Music Week whose special guest this year is the outstanding Italian flautist Massimo Mercelli.
 The collaboration of Massimo Mercelli and Aina Kalnciema began three years ago at the Bach Festival summer concert. This spring, the public will be able to enjoy the flute and harpsichord duets in two concerts – on 22 March in Kuldīga, in the Town Hall at 18.00, and on 24 March in Riga, in the Fine Arts Museum  Rīgas Birža at 17.00.
Massimo Mercelli gained his diploma from the Conservatorio G.B. Martini of Bologna with the highest marks at a very early age. Being only 19 old, he became the first flute of the famous Teatro La Fenice of Venice and won several significant prizes in international competitions.
The artist regularly performs at the world’s greatest concert halls and festivals. He has played together with such world-famous artists as Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, and others. Mercelli is the artistic director and founder of the Festival of the Italian region Emilia Romagna and the vice president of the European Festivals Association (EFA).
Among Mercelli’s latest commitments of particular importance are: the recording of the J.S. Bach’s sonatas with Ramin Bahrami under the DECCA label, the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s new concert, dedicated to him, his participation in the concert for the celebration of Krysztoff Penderecki’s 80th birthday at the Warsaw Philharmonic. For his promotional activity in the music field, the artist has received awards twice from the European Commissariat for Culture JAN FIGEL and from the French Ministry of Culture (Prague University and Pompidou Centre, Paris).
In their joint programme, Aina Kalnciema and Massimo Mercelli will play J. S. Bach’s and W. A. Mozart’s Sonatas for flute and harpsichord as well as the works of J. Haydn and C. Stamitz.
Introducing Bach’s Music Week and celebrating the 2016 European Day of Early Music, the music lovers are cordially invited to the concert of Aina Kalnciema’s harpsichord class students on 21 March, 17.00 in Mencendorf’s House in Riga.
Tickets for the concert of 24.03 are available in Biļešu paradīze ticket offices and on the Internet.
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Agnese Lapsiņa
+371 26198759
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Concert of "The Rare Fruits Council" in Small Guild Hall (20.11.2015)


                               The Rare Fruits Council

Photo: Agnese Gulbe




                                           Concert of Alexei Lubimov (13.11.2015)    


                             Alexei Lubimov


                             Alexei Lubimov

Photo: Agnese Gulbe



Opening concert of Bach festival - "Les Talens Lyriques" in Small Guild Hall (07.11.2015)


                            Les Talens Lyriques        


                            Les Talens Lyriques       


Photo: Agnese Gulbe






                                                          BACH MARATHON






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                          25  March, concert in Mencendorf’s House 







21 March in Riga, Art Museum "Riga Bourse", celebrating the European Day of Early Music. Concert by Aina Kalnciema, the harpsichordist and Director of the Festival and Finnish violinist Sirkka – Liisa Kaakinen Pilch.




                                  Photo: Agnese Gulbe




Press release


Bach Music Week in March


The jubilee season of the 15th Bach Chamber Music Festival will  open with the Bach Music Week (March 19 – 28). For the first time in Latvia the audiences will witness the Bach Marathon continuing for an entire day, as well as other colourful music events.


The Bach Music Week will start with a concert performed by Aina Kalnciema, the harpsichordist and Director of the Festival, and Sirkka – Liisa Kaakinen Pilch, a virtuoso violinist.  Both musicians will play J. S. Bach’s sonatas for violin and harpsichord at the introductory concert of the festival on 19 March in Kuldīga and at the festival opening concert on the European Day of Early Music (EDEM) on 21 March in Riga.


On 25  March, in Mencendorf’s House, the students of assoc. Prof. Aina Kalnciema’s harpsichord class will give their concert, whereas at the end of the Bach Music Week,  on 28 March, for the first time in Latvia, an ambitious project will be launched – the Bach Marathon. In its framework, six concerts of J.S.Bach’s works throughout the day will be given in the halls of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy (JVLMA). The excellent teachers of JVLMA – the performers:  Vita Kalnciema (organ), Eva Bindere (violin), Sergei and Andrei Osokins (piano), Juris Kalnciems, Ventis Zilberts, Juris Žvikovs, Jānis Maļeckis and Toms Ostrovskis, Ieva Saliete (harpsichord) will play at the Marathon. A guest from Germany, Jörg-Peter Weigle, conductor, Rector of the Berlin College of Music, the student orchestra,choir and the students of the Early Music   Department will also participate in the event. Comments on the musical compositions will be given by the musicologists ofJVLMA.


Throughout the Bach Music Week, from 23 to 27 March, Jörg-Peter Weigle will deliver master classes to the students ofJVLMA.


Contact information:

Agnese Lapsiņa

Media coordinator


Tel. + 371 26198759


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L'Arpeggiata in Great Guild Hall on 9 December





Photo: Agnese Gulbe




Lidewij van der Voort  and Fred Jakobsin Art Museum Riga Bourse on 30 November


Photo: Agnese Gulbe



Pratum Integrum in Small Guild Hall on 27 November


Pratum Integrum


Pratum Integrum

Photo: Agnese Gulbe



Capella Cracoviensis in Greate Guild Hall on 16 November


Capella Cracoviensis


Capella Cracoviensis

Photo: Agnese Gulbe





Opening concert on 10 November





Press conference held on 29 October in Avalon hotel







From the 300th Jubilee to the Mediterranian Fado



From 8th November till  9th December, the 14th International Bach Chamber Music Festival in eight concerts of the autumn season will bring together the most outstanding players of baroque music from various European countries.

This year the festival programme will be opened with the celebration of the 300th jubilee of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in three concerts: at Jāzeps Vītols’ Latvian Music Academy teachers’ concert and the programme of the baroque orchestra  Pratum integrum (Moscow) in Riga and  Sigulda.

The audiences will be invited to concerts in Riga and Daugavpils by one of Poland’s most interesting baroque groups Capella Cracoviensis, The talented cellist Ramon Jaffe, born in Riga, and the world-famous baroque musicians from the Netherlands – the violinist Lidewij van der Voort and the teorba player Fred Jakobs.

The last festival concert will be the event of the year in the musical life of Latvia! Riga will host the world-famous baroque ensemble from France L’Arpeggiata, who will present its new programme Mediterraneo. In this concert you will hear the lively and poignant traditional music of the Mediterranean nations and Fados, enriched by  colourful dances.

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Additional information:

Agnese Lapsiņa

Media Coordinator

Tel. + 371 26198759


Sponsors: Riga City Council, Latvijas Gāze, VKKF, LIVE RIGA, Polish Embassy, JVLMA

Information presented by: Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze, IR, Rīgas Laiks, Figaro, Mūzikas saule, Lilit, TVNet, Riga This Week, Vesti.

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