Jūrmala International Piano Competition 2007
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Juris Kalnciems was born in 1957, Riga, Latvia. After graduating Emils Darzins Music School he studied piano at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian National Conservatory (now Latvian Music Academy) with profesor Arnis Zandmanis and also in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with professor Samuel Alumian. Juris Kalnciems has participated in several piano competitions and has won the 1st prize of the Curlionis International Piano Competition, Vilnius, year 1978. At present time Mr Kalnciems is a Head of Piano Department of Latvian Music Academy. Since 2001 he is the official president of EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) Latvia. This organisation unites over 250 piano teachers from 50 educational institutions around Latvia, coordinating the major piano music events. Juris Kalnciems often performs on various international stages.
Igor Lazko was born in 1949 in a family of famous musicians in St.Petersburg, Russia. He studied piano with Prof. Pavel Serebriakov at a special music school under the auspices of the St.Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. In 1964 Igor Lazko became the youngest winner of the famous J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Leipzig. He continued his studies at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the celebrated class of Prof. Yakov Zak. After graduation Igor Lazko became the soloist of Leningrad Philarmonic. From 1978-1992 Igor Lazko was appointed Professor of piano at Belgrade Music Academy, there he recorded complete Partitas and Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach as well as music by P. Tchaikovsky and other composers. In 1985 Igor Lazko performed almost all keyboard works by J.S. Bach at the International Music Festival in Nanterre, France. His numerous concert tours took him to France, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece and the United States. In 1996 Igor Lazko founded the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris and became its Artistic Director. He is a Professor of Music at "Ecole Nationale de Musique de Fresnes", "Schola Cantorum" and "Conservatoire Russe A.Skriabine" in Paris.
James Kirby gives recitals throughout the UK and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals and overseas in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland and the Czech Republic. Following his studies at the Moscow Conservatoire he returns to perform in the former Soviet Union every year and was invited to the Omsk Festival in 2006. He has given concerto performances with the English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Arad Philharmonics (Romania) in prestigious venues which include the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. He has performed both Brahms concertos in Russia and Romania. He is a member of the Barbican Piano Trio which performs at festivals and major concert series throughout Europe and the USA. He has also recorded several highly acclaimed CDs. He teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London and is an Honorary professor at the Rachmaninov Institute, Tambov, Russia.
Fernando Martinez Zubizarreta was born in 1956 in Mexico. He has studied at Guadalajara University Music School from 1965 until 1976. From 1976 until 1978 he continued his studies with pianist Daniel Pollack (USA, Los Angeles); from 1978 until 1986 - with Prof. Samuel Alumian and Anatoly Vedernikov at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. Fernando Martinez Zubizarreta has taught in Speyer Music School. His repertoire comprises music of different ages and styles. He has appeared with recitals in Germany and Mexico.