The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.

LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL

LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL will be held for the twenty-sixth year in a row. Once as the International Piano Stars Festival it was started in 1993 by former artistic director of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra – Imants Resnis. There have been more than 170 pianists participating from all of the world − Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia. We have had the privilege of seeing such high class artists as Julian Joseph, Mikhail Voskresensky, Freddy Kempf, Noriko Ogawa, Robert Mitchell, Christina Ortiz, Dmitrij Bashkirov, Stanislav Igolinsky, Brigitte Engerer, Lazar Berman, Rolando Luna, Chano Dominguez, Eldar Djangirov and many more.

During the closure of the 23rd International Piano Stars Festival Uldis Lipskis, Board member of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra pointed out that the festival will have its rebirth in the coming year, acquiring a broader scope and featuring not only pianists but also outstanding singers and virtuosos of other instruments to attract even greater audiences. Therefore this is no longer the International Piano Stars Festival, but the Liepāja International Stars Festival.

The Festivals' successful cooperation with the foreign soloists and conductors makes the world aware of Latvian culture and ensures residents of Latvia and not only with a high quality live performances.

26th LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL  03. – 24.03.2018.
Concert hall Great Amber, Liepāja

 

 

3 MARCH | SATURDAY | 18.00
OPENING. ZARIŅŠ. KHAMIDULLIN

26th Liepāja International Star Festival
Great Hall


Soloists

Reinis Zariņš / piano
Rustem Khamidulin / cello

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

Conductor
Lutz Koehler

Program
Joseph Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major
Bela Bartok - Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major
Antonin Dvořák - Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Tickets: € 10-20


4 MARCH | SUNDAY | 17.00
PIANISM OF EMĪLS DARZIŅŠ MUSIC SCHOOL
26th Liepāja International Star Festival
Chamber Hall


Young talents of the Emīls Darziņš Music High School

Tickets: € 5 - 7



9 MARCH | FRIDAY | 19.00
KASHPURIN AND LSO
26th Liepāja International Star Festival
Great Hall


Soloist

Aleksandr Kashpurin / piano

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

Conductor
Atvars Lakstigala

Program
Sergey Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29

Tickets: € 7-18



10 MARCH | SATURDAY | 18.00
FRANK ERIK STADLER AND KLAIPEDA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
26th Liepāja International Star Festival
Great Hall


Frank Stadler / guest concertmaster and soloist, violin
Tomoko Kiba / soloist, Shô

Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra

Program
Michael Haydn - Violin concerto in G major, MH 52
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet No.11 op.95 F minor
Toshio Hosokawa (*1955) - Landscape V, for Shô and string quartet (1992)
Benjamin Britten - Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10

Tickets: € 7-18



16 MARCH | FRIDAY | 19.00
RAIMONDS PAULS
26th Liepāja International Star Festival
Great Hall


Raimonds Pauls / piano

State choir “Latvija”
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Māris Sirmais

Meeting with maestro Raimonds Pauls. New and original song arrangements of Maestro Raimonds Pauls by composers Ēriks Ešenvalds, Rihards Dubra and Jēkaba Jančevska for choir and orchestra.

Tickets: €7-20



23 MARCH | FRIDAY | 19.00
DEDICATIONS TO PĒTERIS PLAKIDIS
26th Liepāja International Star Festival
Chamber Hall

Egīls Šēfers/ clarinet
Agnese Egliņa/ piano
Ieva Parša/ mezzo-soprano
Guna Šnē/ cello
Orests Silabriedis

Program
Johannes Brahms - Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op. 114 and Songs
Pēteris Plakidis - „Dedication to Brahms” and Songs
Dedications to Pēteris Plakidis by Gundega Šmite, Līga Celma-Kursiete, Imants Zemzaris, Edgars Raginskis

Tickets: € 7-10


24 MARCH | SATURDAY | 18.00
CLOSING. NAKARIAKOV. ŠIMKUS.
26th Liepāja International Star Festival
Great Hall

Soloists
Vestards Šimkus / piano
Sergei Nakariakov / trumpet

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

Conductor
Gintaras Rinkevičius

Program
George Gershwin - „Rhapsody in Blue” and „2nd Rhapsody”
Joseph Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major (arr. for trumpet)

Tickets: € 10-20


 Tickets for the concerts of the 26th LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL may be purchased at all the “Biļešu paradīze” trade spots and in internet –  www.bilesuparadize.lv