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

LUTZ KOEHLER Germany

Lutz Koehler studied bassoon and piano performance as well as composition and conducting at the Hanover Academy of Music and Drama. He has worked as a tutor there for 25 years and for several years has acted as the vice-rector of the institution. In 1999 he was appointed conducting professor at the Berlin University of Arts; he also leads the symphony orchestra of the university. The list of his former students includes Atvars Lakstigala - the current artistic director of the Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra. Lutz Koehler is also a conducting professor at the Catalonia College of Music.

For more than a quarter century he served as one of the directors of the European Community Youth Orchestra; he has also been the principal guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Lutz Koehler is on regular basis invited as an advisor and jury member to the International Music Competition of the ARD broadcast network, which in 2009 was won by the Latvian double bass player Gunars Upatnieks.

Together with the Berlin German Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and with other famous collectives Lutz Koehler has appeared in festivals in Dresden, Berlin, Seville, Miami and other major cities. He enjoys giving conducting masterclasses and has conducted several performances of the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.

His students have won awards in competitions in Tokyo, Munich, Belgrade, Kalmar and elsewhere. The repertoire of Lutz Koehler encompasses music from the baroque to the contemporary periods.