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Festival: Riga Jurmala Music Festival

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July 19 – Sep 1

Why should someone come to your festival?

This festival will be an unparalleled experience for classical-music lovers, with a programme of incredible artists in the surroundings of these two stunning locations – it is certainly a musical event unlike any other!

Where is it?

The concerts will take place in the historic capital of Riga and the country’s flagship seaside resort, Jurmala (just forty minutes from Riga). Latvia has an incredibly rich artistic culture, especially regarding classical music. 2 of the world’s top 10 conductors are Latvian (Mariss Jansons and Andris Nelsons) – a truly extraordinary achievement for a country this small.

How to get there?

Riga International airport is easily accessible from most European countries, with several airlines including it among their destinations. Taxis from the airport to the centre are always available and the drivers usually speak English. There is also a bus (Bus 22) which offers a 30-minute ride to the centre for just €2. There is a train that runs regularly between Riga and Jurmala that takes 20-50 minutes (depending on the train) and costs under €2. Driving between the two destinations takes roughly 40 minutes.

Local accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation options in both Riga and Jurmala. Jurmala is known for its spas and resorts, and many hotels will also offer spa and wellness facilities.

What can tourists visit nearby?

Riga has some incredible architecture and history to explore. Not only is the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also contains beautiful rivers, skylines and one of the world’s richest collections of Art Nouveau. Riga’s central market is also famous for offering the best in local Latvian cuisine, including artisanal breads, sausages, cheeses and fish.

Jurmala is a beachside town, so it’s the perfect place to relax by the sea. As mentioned before, it’s famed for its wellness facilities, but there are also museums, water parks and, of course, a world-class concert hall.

For more information check out the tourism board's guide to Riga...

What type of programmes do you have?

The programme is built around four weekends, each anchored by a leading international orchestra and conductor with a range of symphonic concerts and recitals featuring the foremost stars of classical music, as well as up-and-coming talent.

The first weekend features the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, soloists Julian Rachlin, Rudolf Buchbinder, Lukas Geniušas and Martin James Bartlett.

The second weekend is anchored around the Russian National Orchestra with Mikhail Pletnev, with cellist Mischa Maisky, pianist Lily Maisky, guitarist MILOŠ and tenor Joseph Calleja featuring throughout the weekend.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta headline the third weekend, with additional performances from Murray Perahia, Yuja Wang, Jan Lisiecki and Benjamin Appl.

The final weekend is led by the London Symphony Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda, with recitals from Ying Fand and Ken Noda, cellist Edgar Moreau and pianist Lucas Debargue.

What are the venues like?

The RJMF will take place at the Latvian National Opera, the Great Guild, and the Great and Small Halls of the Dzintari Concert Hall. The LNO is home to the Latvian National Ballet, LNO Chorus and LNO Orchestra, and perform world-class music each season. The Great Guild is home to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, and is one of the oldest and most beautiful concert halls in Riga. The Dzintari Concert Hall is an architectural gem located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The complex incorporates neoeclectism of the 1930s with an acoustically-impressive covered concert garden, built just 30 years later. The semi-open Great Hall offers audiences the chance to experience world-class classical music whilst in the surroundings of Latvia’s natural beauty.

Dress code

The weather in Latvia during the summer has an average temperature of 20°C, so we suggest wearing clothes that will make our audiences comfortable. There is no strict dress code, but these are world-class performances, and we encourage our attendees to wear outfits that might reflect this sense of occasion.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of dining options in both Riga and Jurmala, offering both local and international cuisine.

The Riga Jurmala Music Festival is under the artistic direction of Martin Engstroem.

Click here for more information about the festival on their website.



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RigaBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mariss Jansons, Julian Rachlin

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mariss Jansons, Julian Rachlin
Strauss R., Sibelius, Prokofiev
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons; Julian Rachlin

RigaPianist Lukas Geniušas solo concert

Pianist Lukas Geniušas solo concert
Chopin, Prokofiev, Desyatnikov
Lukas Geniušas, Piano

RigaJulian Rachlin & Rudolf Buchbinder

Julian Rachlin & Rudolf Buchbinder
Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms
Julian Rachlin; Rudolf Buchbinder

RigaBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder
Brahms, Beethoven
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Mariss Jansons; Rudolf Buchbinder

RigaPianist Martin James Bartlett solo concert

Pianist Martin James Bartlett solo concert
Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Schumann, Granados
Martin James Bartlett, Piano

JūrmalaMisha Maisky & Lily Maisky

Misha Maisky & Lily Maisky
Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
Mischa Maisky; Lily Maisky

JūrmalaGuitarist Miloš’ solo concert

Guitarist Miloš’ solo concert
Bach, Granados, Falla, Villa-Lobos, The Beatles, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Duplessy
Miloš, Guitar

JūrmalaJoseph Calleja & Vincenzo Scalera

Joseph Calleja & Vincenzo Scalera
Mozart, Donizetti, Massenet, Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Tosti, Vella, Donaudy, Leoncavallo
Joseph Calleja; Vincenzo Scalera

JūrmalaSinger Benjamin Appl’s solo concert

Singer Benjamin Appl’s solo concert
Schubert, Reger, Brahms, Schreker, Strauss R., Strauss, Poulenc, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Bishop, Warlock, Ireland, Grieg
Benjamin Appl, Baritone

JūrmalaRussian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev, Mischa Maisky

Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev, Mischa Maisky
Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev
Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev; Mischa Maisky