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IV Riga International Woodwind Symposium

From October 11th to 14th Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music will host the IV Riga International Woodwind Symposium. As every year, excellent musicians and teachers will share their skills with students. This year they are Louise Pellerin /oboe, Switzerland/, Jürgen Franz /flute, Germany/, Karel Dohnal /clarinet, The Czech Republic/, Diego Chenna /bassoon, Germany/. 

It has become a nice tradition of the Symposium to visit some of the regional music schools, and this year is not an exception. On the 12th October Symposium teachers will visit Ogre Music school to conduct the masterclass for the local pupils.

Not only there will be an oportunity to attend the masterclasses and ensemble classes for those interested in the symposium activities, but also to enjoy the performance of these excellent musicians:

Thursay, October 12th, LMT Chamber Hall at 18:00

Symposium Concert Diego Chenna /Bassoon/, Herta Hansena /Piano/ and students

Friday, October 13th, LMT Chamber Hall at 18:00

Latvian Composers’ Music for Woodwinds - Ilona Meija /flute/, Agnese Folkberga /piano/, Guntis Kuzma /clarinet/, Jānis Semjonovs /bassoon/.

Programme P. Plakidis, J. Karlsons, M. Einfelde, A. Veismane, R. Kronlaks, E. Skuķe 

Saturday, October 14th, Stone Hall at 18:00

Closing Concert - Karel Dohnal /clarinet/, Jürgen Franz /flute/, Herta Hansena /piano/ and students.

 

Louise Pellerin /oboe, Switzerland/ is enjoying an exceptional international career as a soloist and chamber musician. She is invited in the world’s most prestigious festivals such as Athens, Buenos Aires, Lucerne, Zürich, Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Tokyo, San Francisco, Montreal and Toronto. Solo oboe of the Camerata Salzburg and Cappella Andrea Barca, Louise Pellerin plays alongside Heinz Holliger, Andras Schiff, Erich Höbarth, Leonidas Kavakos, Radovan Vlatkovic, Denes Varjon and Jörg Widmann.

A passionate teacher, Louise Pellerin is a Professor at the Zürich University of Arts and a faculty member of the Orford Music Academy. She gives master classes in Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Latvia, Sweden and Venezuela and is invited on juries for international competitions. Throughout her career, Louise Pellerin has been solo oboist with the Cologne Radio Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Camerata Zürich, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Collegium Novum, Festival Orchestra Budapest, Württembergisches Kammerorchester and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Jürgen Franz /flute, Germany/ studied flute with Vladislav Brunner in Frankfurt and with Jean Claude Gérard in Stuttgart . Further studies brought him to Maxence Larrieu and Sir James Galway.

Jürgen Franz became a member of the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra and was first flute in the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since August 2000 he is a member of the radio orchestra NDR in Hamburg with such conductors as Christoph von Dohnany, Christoph Eschenbach, Günter Wand. Jürgen Franz also played Soloflute in the philharmonic orchetsra from " La Scala di Milano" with conductors like Ricardo Muti, M. Rostropowitsch and Yuri Terminirkanow.

As a guest he played in the Berlin philharmonic with the conductors Claudio Abbado, Maris Jansons and Bernard Haitink Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Zuin Mehta.

Since 2002 he is a member of the Richard Wagner Festivalorchestra in  Bayreuth .

Jürgen Franz played with colleges like Sir James Galway, Maxence Larrieu and Davide Formisano and he is a frequently guest at the flute festivals all over europe. At music-festivals he plays all sorts of solo and chamber music literature, mostly with piano, guitar, organ, strings and orchestra.

As a teacher Jürgen Franz is professor at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and at the Hamburg Conservatory. He also gives international masterclasses in USA , Japan, Brasil and China.

Jürgen Franz is a Ha ynes Artist and plays an all 19,5kt goldflute from Wm.S. Haynes.

Karel Dohnal /clarinet, The Czech Republic/ A tireless and enthusiastic promoter of clarinet as of a solo instrument, and at the same time, one of the most respectful clarinettists today, Karel Dohnal, during his entire career has always challenged to perform in his concerts and studio recordings compositions of revealing dramaturgy, demonstrating that the technical and expressive potential of clarinet makes it equally important as compared to violin, piano or cello, despite that the available repertoire is rather meagre. Thus, Karel Dohnal unveils works which have been neglected, but which deserve to be performed along with other prominent works.

As a soloist performer of works of Carl Nielsen, Krzystof Penderecki, Aaron Copland, Trygve Madsen, Jan Frank Fischer, Ondrej Kukal, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber, Frantisek Vincenc Krommer, Jan Vaclav Stamic and of numerous other composers, Karel Dohnal played to audiences in many countries of Europe, Asia, North and South America, performing as in chamber recitals as well as under the accompaniment of orchestras, such as Prague Philharmonia, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, South Czech Chamber Philharmonia, Philharmonia in Lvov, Philharmonia in Sczeczin, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Czech Chamber Orchestra, Talich Philharmonia Prague, Hofer Symphoniker and other ensembles.

Karel Dohnal has also enjoyed great acclaim with his unique performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlequin, where he as a harlequin in addition to his virtuosic playing the clarinet, demonstrates his comedic and acting talent. Karel Dohnal is one of few clarinettists in the world who performs this exceptionally difficult composition, which has received unsurpassed acclamation from critics as well as from the public.

Diego Chenna /bassoon, Germany/ in 1998 won the first prize at the “Fernand Gillet International Competition” in U.S.A. and he started his career as a soloist and as a chamber musician. As a first bassoon, he cooperated with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the World Orchestra for Peace directed by Valery Gergiev. Being an appreciated chamber musician, his name appears in several important European festivals, playing with such artists as H. Holliger, A. Lonquich, M. Bourgue, Y. Bashmet, P. Moraguès.

His ceaseless search in the music field often leads him to move on beyond the classical repertoire of his instrument, onto innovative grounds: the rediscovery of forgotten music, the development of new execution techniques, the utilization of live electronics and the creation of a new repertoire nowadays represent his main interest. Many composers have dedicated some of their works to him.

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