Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) in collaboration with the Latvian Radio Big Band launches a new initiative – the Big Band Composition Competition for Young Baltic Composers.
The aim of the competition is to discover and promote new, original compositions for big band, as well as to promote the creativity of young Baltic jazz musicians. The works of the finalists of the competition will be performed by the most professional and internationally recognised jazz orchestra in Latvia - the Latvian Radio Big Band, conducted by Kārlis Vanags.
The competition is open to young composers aged between 18 and 30 who are permanently studying or residing in the Baltic States, including senior grade students of music secondary schools and colleges, university students and young professionals.
The jury consists of the representatives from all three Baltic States who have gained extensive experience and recognition both nationally and internationally - Raul Sööt (Estonia), Jievaras Jasinskis (Lithuania) and Rolands Kronlaks (Latvia).
The competition is going to be held in three rounds. The jury will first evaluate the scores submitted by the participants and make a pre-selection. On October 8, the pre-selected compositions will be performed by JVLMA and RDKS (Riga Dome Choir School) Big Band and vocalist Beate Zviedre at the JVLMA Organ Hall, after which the jury will announce three finalists whose compositions will be performed by the Latvian Radio Big Band and Beāte Zviedre on December 4 at Spikeri Concert Hall.