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

Vienna Classics and Japanese Ethnic music

On Saturday, 10 March, the festival programme will feature guest performers from Lithuania - Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, who will perform together with Austrian violinist Frank Erik Stadler and the master of Japanese ethnic music instrument Shô - Tomoko Kiba, offering a captivating and varied programme.

Austrian composer Michael Haydn's music has often remained in the shadow of his famous elder brother Joseph. Michael was less famous than his brother, he spent most of his life in Salzburg, holding a position of Kapellmeister and a teacher; Carl Maria von Weber was one of his many students. He was friends with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who had a high opinion of Michael Haydn's work. Liepāja Festival will present his Violin concerto in G major.
Vienna Classics will be represented by Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No.11 op. 95 F minor – the work exhibiting elements of his subsequent creative experiments.

Composition by Toshio Hosokawa "Landscape V" for Shô and string quartet with Tomoko Kiba playing the Japanese Shô promises new revelations. Shô was introduced in Japan from China in the 8th century of our era. It consists of 17 pipes and produces sound upon player’s inhale and exhale, allowing long periods of uninterrupted play. Shô is one of the three primary woodwind instruments used in Japan's imperial court music. The instrument's sound is said to imitate the call of a phoenix.
In conclusion, Benjamin Britten - one of the most outstanding personalities in the British music of the last century, will be represented by his "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge" dedicated to his teacher.

The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Cultural Capital Foundation, and Liepāja City Council.
Tickets to the festival concerts can be purchased in all Box Offices of "Biļešu paradīze” and at


Vienna Classics and Japanese Ethnic music