X Riga International Brass Symposium


From September 28 to October 2, the X Riga International Brass Symposium will take place in Riga, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music /JVLMA/, and in Ādaži, Music and Art School and Culture Center.

Due to the situation in the world most of the symposium's activities - master classes, individual classes and lectures - will take place online, but we also invite you to learn new knowledge and enjoy concerts in person, too! To receive an online lecture access link, everyone is invited to apply by writing to e-mail .

This year the JVLMA Wind department has invited several of Europe's leading interpreters to participate in the symposium:

  • WOLFGANG GUGGENBERGER /trumpet, Germany/;
  • RAYMOND MUNNECOM /trombone, Netherlands/; 
  • SZABOLCS ZEMPLENI /horn, Germany/;
  • ØYSTEIN BAADSVIK /tuba, Norway/.

On Monday, September 28, at 15.00 Wolfgang Guggenberger will hold an online lecture for all wind instrumentalists "Song and Wind", in which the lecturer will talk about breathing techniques and mental aspects of playing brass instruments.

On Tuesday, September 29, Øystein Baadsvik together with the participants of the symposium and the wind orchestra of Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Music High School will go to Ādaži, where from 14.00 to 15.45 will work with young musicians of Ādaži Music and Art School, but at 16.15 will give a concert in the Lilac Hall of Ādaži Culture Center.

On Wednesday, September 30, the symposium participants and others invited to listen to two interactive online lectures hold by Dutch trombonist Raymond Munnecom: at 15.00 "How to study / how to become better musician - brass player - all levels" and at 16.00 "Orchestral excerpts - how to play: style, approach, preparation".

At the end of the symposium on Thursday, October 1, at 18.00 everyone is invited to the Closing concert of the symposium in the JVLMA Great Hall. It will feature popular melodies for wind orchestra and compositions performed by guest artist Øystein Baadsvik, as well as with the wind orchestra of Jāzeps Mediņš Music High School.

The symposium is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, the "Erasmus +" program and the German producer of metal wind instruments "Miraphone".

*The event will be photographed and filmed. Photos and videos can be used for JVLMA publicity purposes.

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