MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERTS AND RECORDS OF RECENT YEARS

June 2015 – performance of Des Jona Sendung by Rudolf Tobias at the Leipzig Gewandhaus with MDR Symphony Orchestra, conductor Neeme Jarvi.

May 2015 – debut in Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris. Performing Requiem by G. Verdi. Conductor Andris Poga. (Concert was a part of the public diplomacy and culture programme of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union)

April 2015 – concerts of the Baltic choral music, conducted by Māris Sirmais at the Lincoln Centre and Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York (concerts were part of the public diplomacy and culture programme of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union)

July 2014 – performance of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel and maestro Zubin Mehta at Concert Hall MEGARON, Athens, Greece.

November 2013 – performance of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (part of ROC 125th anniversary world tour) and Mariss Jansons at St. Petersburg Philharmony Great Hall and P. Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.

June 2013 – debut with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor James Gaffigan, performing “Bells” by Sergey Rachmaninov.

January 2013 – Hyperion Records (UK) releases a CD with choral music by Gabriel Jackson A Ship with Unfurled Sails. State Choir Latvija, conductor Māris Sirmais.

August 2012 – concert at Lucerne Festival, performing St. John’s Passion and John’s Easter by Sofia Gubaidulina, composer herself attending the event.

October 2011 – debut with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, performing Mahler’s 8th Symphony, conductor Mariss Jansons

March 2011 – debut with Amesterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, performing Mahler’s Symphony Nr. 8 under guidance of Mariss Jansons.

November 2010 – three debut concerts at White Light Festival organised by Lincoln Centre (New York), including a project with musicians of Icelandic group Sigur Ros participating in the world premiere of Kjartan Sveinsson composition Credo and Jonsi & Alex album Riceboy Sleeps transcriptions for choir and symphonic orchestra. Positive reviews of this concert were published both in The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

In September 2010 the choir Latvija made its debut at the Montreux Festival in collaboration the Lucerne Festival under the leadership of David Zinman, giving magnificent concert performances of Arnold Schoenberg Gurrelieder at both festivals. This was the second participation of the choir at Lucerne festival.

In March 2009 the choir Latvija made its debut at the Lucerne festival, in July and at the largest music event in Germany – the Rheingau festival–the choir performed The Sealed Angel by Rodion Shchedrin. After this concert Rodion Shchedrin said that the choir is the best in the world. In May 2010 the record company WERGO issued this concert recording on CD. In September the choir performed in the Season opening concert of the Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra and at the Berlin Music Festival.

September 2008 – debut of the choir Latvija in the concert hall Finlandia in Helsinki. In collaboration with the Helsinki Symphonic Orchestraand conductor John Storgårds the choir Latvija participated in the first performance of the concert opera by Rodion Shchedrin The enchanted Wanderer (2002). In February 2008 the choir Latvija participated in world premiere of Arvo Pärt composition Deer’s Cry in Ireland in the concert Baltic voices. In this concert also compositions by Rihards Dubra - Hail To The Queen of Heaven - and Georgs Pelēcis - Blood Upon A Rose - were performed for the first time.

In the year 2007 the 10th International Festival of Sacred Music organised by the choir Latvija was widely celebrated. At this festival should be specifically mentioned the first performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass in Latvia.

The State Choir Latvija has participated in the recording of music for the film Das Parfum. In September 2006 this film music was issued on CD by EMI Classics with the name Perfume (Original Soundtrack). Also involved in the recording of this soundtrack was the Berliner Philharmoniker with conductor Sir Simon Rattle. The choir has participated in records produced by Warner Brothers, Harmonia Mundi, and in countless recordings of Latvian, German, Belgian and other countries’ brands and publishers’ recordings.

In June 2005, the choir performed Igor Stravinsky Les Noces in Singapore arts Festival, as well as gave solo concert performing a cappella program with the conductor Māris Sirmais. In April 2005, the choir participated in the performance of Luciano Berio Coro in Tallinn (Estonia) concert hall Estonia with the conductor Tonu Kaljuste. In February 2005, the choir performed in the concert of Veljo Tormis music, dedicated to his 75 Jubilee, in Riga Latvian Society house.

In Octorber, November 2004, the choir performed in four European capitals - Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and Tallinn, as well as several other cities. In September 2004, within the 7th International Sacred Music Festival the choir organized and performed in the concert of the world famous composer Sir John Tavener. In May 2004, in Singapore, the choir participated in the first performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in South East Asia, with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lan Shui. On 1 May 2004, in Ireland, the State Choir Latvija represented Latvian choirs at the European Union enlargement celebration with several concerts organised by the European Union and presented within the cultural program Day of welcomes.

In September 2003, within the 6th International Sacred Music Festival the choir organized and performed in the concert of the world famous Estonian composer Arvo Part in the Riga Dome Cathedral.

2000-2006 in Germany, Austria - participation in XII, XIIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII International Bodensee Festival.