Riga Jurmala Music Festival Announces 2021 programme

30 September 2020
By Ellie Palmer
Leif Ove Andsnes, Yefim Bronfman, András Schiff, Bryn Terfel, Arcadi Volodos & Yuja Wang are all set to appear at next summer's festival

Latvia's highly respected Riga Jurmala Music Festival has announced its 2021 programme – with some hefty piano names on the list. Leif Ove Andsnes, Yefim Bronfman, András Schiff, Bryn Terfel, Arcadi Volodos and Yuja Wang will all make appearances. 

The Festival returns with four weekends throughout July and August 2021 centred around four major international ensembles: the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with John Eliot Gardiner, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti, the Concertgebouworkest with Daniel Harding and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Yuri Temirkanov.

Fellow pianists George Li, Daumants Liepiņš, Yoav Levanon, Behzod Abduraimov, and Alexandre Kantorow form part of the afternoon concert line-ups.

Each of the four orchestras gives two evening concerts, with the third evening of the weekend dedicated to a concert featuring a prominent soloist. Two noon concerts of chamber music and recitals give an opportunity to discover young talent as well as established artists.


The Riga Jurmala Music Festival will return in 2021. © Ilmars Znotins

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The Riga Jurmala Music Festival’s dual location in Latvia’s historic capital city of Riga and the forested seaside resort of Jurmala add to the experience of visiting the Festival. Evening performances take place at the Latvian National Opera in Riga or the Dzintari Concert Hall in Jurmala, while all noon concerts take place at the Great Guild in Riga.

Martin T:son Engstroem, Artistic Director of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, comments: “Like in previous editions of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, our 2021 programme promises to be exceptional for a number of reasons. Of course, we are extremely grateful to the many artists who were willing to reconfirm their previously announced performances and they will join a stellar artistic lineup which we have been planning since the festival’s inaugural year.

We will also continue to collaborate with these exceptional artists for the Festival’s education initiative, the Riga Jurmala Academy, which was successfully transformed this summer into an online programme."

Find out more about the Riga Jurmala Music Festival here.

Main image: © Ilmars Znotins