In the JVLMA Composition study programme, learn the art of composing by unlocking your innovative skills and learning the foundations of creative work. Not only are the lecturers highly-skilled teaching staff, but, in addition to teaching activities, they also actively carry out artistic self-expression, gaining recognition both at local and international level.
The creative activities of students cover not only the study process but also participation in artistic projects – the JVLMA contemporary music festival deciBels, the chamber music competition supported by the Pēters Vasks Foundation, cooperation concerts with the JVLMA's mixed choir and future conductors. As a result, the new compositions get the publicity needed for the composer's work, lead to contacts with recording artists and audiences, and are thereby assessed not only by the teachers, but also the wider public.
Most graduates of the Composition Department continue their creative work. We read their names on the posters of Latvian and foreign professional music groups, Song Celebration programmes, song sheets and CD covers; they receive the Grand Music and international competition awards; without them, the cultural space of Latvian music would be unthinkable. The qualification of a teacher in theoretical subjects opens up job opportunities in music schools for graduates.
Composer and first rector, Jāzeps Vītols, is the founder of the JVLMA School of Composition. His students – Jānis Ivanovs, Ādolfs Skulte, Valentīns Utkins – have been taught by composition professors such as Ģederts Ramans, Romualds Kalsons, Pauls Dambis, Peteris Plakidis and Juris Karlsons. In turn, the current department lecturers have studied under the leadership of these composers and teachers, thereby highlighting the features of the Latvian School of Composition, characterised by extensive stylistic and technological diversity.