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Rihards Zaļupe (percussions, Latvia)

Rihards Zaļupe

Rihards Zaļupe was born in 1983 in Talsi, Latvia. After finishing of his studies with teacher Māris Vēriņš at Jāzeps Mediņs Secondary Music School in Riga in 2002 he entered Jāzeps Vītols Music Academy of Latvia and studied in the class of percussion instruments with associate professor Edgars Saksons. From 2004 to 2005 Rihards Zaļupe was a student of percussion instruments under Socrates Erasmus programme at Hochschule fur Musik in Koln.

In 2007 the young musician received a Master’s degree in performance on percussion instruments at Jāzeps Vītols Music Academy of Latvia under the guidance of associate professor Edgars Saksons. He learned to play marimba and in parallel – composition with world-famous Ms Keiko Abe - and took part in the International Katarzyna Mycka marimba master classes with such professors as Robert Van Sice, Eric Sammut, Katarzyna Mycka and others.

Since August 2006 R. Zaļupe has been working with the National Symphony Orchestra of Latvia as a musician in the group of percussionists. He is also a lecturer at the Music Academy of Latvia.
In parallel with his activities at the LNSO and solo performances he performs with Sinfonietta Riga, Wind Orchestra Rīga, Sinfonia Concertante, Vidzeme Chamber Orchesta. The artist closely cooperates with the brothers Raimonds and Oskars Petrauski.

In 2006 R. Zaļupe received the annual award of JVLMA and Hansabanka. He was nominated for the Great Music Award 2008 and got the Latvian Annual Award for Recordings 2008.
In the first half of 2008 the artist issued his first CD Marimba Dance with his own compositions for marimba and piano, and choir.

In R. Zaļupe’s life an important place is given to composing and arranging of music. His first piece Austrumu fantāzija(Eastern fantasy) was written in 2002. To date several compositions for percussion instruments, marimba, piano, orchestra and choir have been written. In 2007 R. Zaļupe wrote Koncertino for marimba and orchestra as an obligatory piece for percussion instruments for the contest of Latvian music school performers.
The artist has performed in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Spain.

Beside the academic music Rihards Zaļupe has an extensive repertoire of jazz, Latino, pop and rock music. He also performs house music as a percussionist.

Oskars Petrauskis (saxophone, Latvia)

Oskars Petrauskis
Oskars Petrauskis (1981) was born in Auce, Latvia, studied at Jāzeps Mediņš' Music School, at the Music Academy of Latvia and at the Berlin University of Arts. In spring 2007 he received a Master's degree in the class of Professor Artis Sīmanis. The musician has won awards in international music competitions in Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Slovenia. He received the music prize of the Music Academy of Latvia and Swedbank in 2004, a scholarship for music studies in France and Germany and the Tremplin jeunes programme scholarship granted by the wind instrument company Henri Selmer Paris . In February 2007 the artist won the first prize in the international Yamaha SaxContest 2007 (Germany).

Since summer 2007 Oskars Petrauskis works in the professional wind orchestra "Rīga" as a leader of the saxophone group. Now he is continuing studies at the Paris Regional Conservatoire with Vencane Davide. In 2008 the wind orchestra "Rīga" issued its CD with the music of American composers. Oskars performed as a soloist there. Quite soon an album with duets played by brothers Oskars un Raimonds Petrauski will be issued.

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