For the first time the Liepāja International Star Festival will be opened by stars whose real brilliance is yet to come – these will be the winners of Valdis Vikmanis’ Latvian Young Players’ Competition, who will take the stage of the “Lielais dzintars” Concert Hall accompanied by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.
On such a scale the competition is organized for the first time, but Liepāja Symphony Orchestra's cooperation with the organizer of the competition, namely, Liepāja Music, Art and Design Secondary School, in developing the talent of young musicians goes back several decades.
The culmination of the opening concert of the Liepāja International Star Festival will be the performance of the globally sought-after Latvian violinist Kristīne Balanas, who will play Antonín Dvořák's Violin Concerto in cooperation with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the chief conductor Guntis Kuzma.
Kristīne Balanas (violin)
Winners of Valdis Vikmanis’ Young Players’ Competition:
Anna Marija Kubecka (clarinet)
Jānis Rinkulis (cello)
Rainers Liekniņš (cello)
Sandija Ance Edelmane (flute)
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Guntis Kuzma
Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53
Programme performed by winners of Valdis Vikmanis’ Young Players’ Competition:
Gioachino Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet
Anders Koppel: Marimba Concerto no.1 (part 2 and 3)
Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto (part 1)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto (part 1)
Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute