Pianist Yefim Bronfman among leading musicians teaching upcoming masterclasses at Riga Jurmala Academy

12 May 2021
By Ellie Palmer
Four lots of online masterclasses are taking place from 12-25 May

Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman is one of four musicians to give an online masterclass at Riga Jurmala Academy over the next fortnight.

Bronfman's masterclass takes place on Facebook at 1-4pm BST on Tuesday 25 May. Participants and repertoire of the masterclass includes:

✔ Aleksandrs Kalējs, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music / The University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (prof.S.Osokins / prof.A.Kouyoumdjian class) Repertoire: 🎼 R. Schumann - “Faschingsschwank aus Wien”, Op.26

✔ Mantas Šernius, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (prof.I.Ilja class). Repertoire: 🎼 S. Prokofiev - Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op.83

✔ Elžbieta Liepa Dvarionaite, The University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (prof.A.Malikova class). Repertoire: 🎼 A. Scriabin - Piano Sonata No.5, Op.53


Riga Jurmala Music Festival ©Ilmars Znotins


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Bronfman will also be appearing at the Riga Jurmala Festival itself on 27 August, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding.

The three other masterclasses taking place over the next fortnight are hosted by violinist Robert Chen (12 May 3-6pm BST), cellist John Sharp (13 May 3-6pm BST), and cellist Gautier Capuçon (14 May 1-4pm BST). 

Latvia is renowned for its unbeatable music education and the Riga Jurmala Music Festival continues this work by providing local students with access to internationally sought-after teachers through its masterclass series. In spite of the pandemic, the Academy has continued its highly insightful work by moving the masterclasses online, with teachers guiding the students remotely over a video-sharing platform, and streaming this feed live on social media.

Sign up to Yefim Bronfman's masterclass here.

Main image: Yefim Bronfman ©Todd Rosenberg