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The diversity of music in Latvia is amazing - both centuries old music and the most contemporary experimental music are praised here.
Music All Across Latvia
Riga, with its magnificent Opera House and concert halls, is not the only town in Latvia to gather together music enthusiasts. Regional concert halls gather thousands of listeners in Cesis, Rezekne, Sigulda, and Liepaja. A whole gamut of emotions will also be aroused by open air concerts with beautiful scenery in the background, consisting of nature’s landscape and castle ruins. Open air stages are to be found in Kuldiga, Cesis, Bauska and other charming small towns all around Latvia.
Music festivals are organised on beaches, in parks and in other beauty spots in Latvia, creating a unique aura every year.
The biggest pop music festivals take place in July. Positivus, the biggest music festival in the Baltics, takes place by the sea in the shade of pine trees in Salacgriva while Liepaja’s beach, in the city of wind itself, is the venue of the Summer Sound festival.
Fans of classical music will appreciate opera festivals and chamber music festivals in Riga and historic Sigulda. The classics of Baroque, Renaissance, and medieval music are performed in Riga and the magnificent Rundale Palace, where the Early Music Festival takes place in early July.
Saulkrasti is where the jazz festival takes place in July. Every year it gathers together artists from the USA, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Israel, the UK, and other countries.
Skanu mezs is favoured by fans of experimental music. It takes place in autumn at various venues in central Riga.
The Latvian Song and Dance Festival is a traditional event that takes place every five years and gathers over 35,000 people on the stage. Latvian unity, heritage, and strength is in the air throughout the festival.
There are many other festivals that honour rock music, electronic music, blues, and other genres.
Today’s Greatest Artists on the Latvian Music Scene
Each and every composer, singer and musical band leaves their footprint on Latvian culture through their music. Some of the best-known representatives of Latvian music are:
- Conductor and violinist, Gidons Kremers (Gidons Krēmers);
- Operatic soprano, Inese Galante;
- Internationally famous pop rock band, Brainstorm;
- Pianist and frequent winner of international piano music contests, Vestards Simkus (Vestards Šimkus);
- Instrumenti - the band that has warmed up popular musicians all around the world;
- Youth favourite, Carnival Youth;
- Tenor, Aleksandrs Antonenko (Aleksandrs Antoņenko);
- Conductor, Andris Nelsons.