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

Vineta Sareika and the most seductive German violin concerto

Romantic rapture and youthful grip of German Romantic music, musical journey to Britain with German composer Felix Mendelssohn and a significant opus of the golden violin repertoire ‒ Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by the outstanding violinist Vineta Sareika, conductor Lutz Köhler and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will create a musical adventure to be enjoyed on 12 May at 7 p. m. in Liepāja Concert Hall "Great Amber".

Historians relegate Max Bruch to the status of "a minor master", while the audience is captivated by the rich imagination, beautiful simplicity and broad range of emotion in his music, characteristic of the romantic trend. This is what Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 is like; written for the famous 19th century violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim who said that it "is the richest and the most seductive violin concerto in German music".

The audience will have a chance to enjoy this wonderful concerto interpreted by the renowned Latvian musician Vineta Sareika on the violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1683. Vineta is the first violin of the Artemis Quartet and the pride of Latvian classical music. After violin studies in Jūrmala, Paris and Brussels Vineta became a laureate of Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition 2009 (Belgium), known as one of the most demanding competitions, and embarked on an international career.

For several years she performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors, playing chamber music and being the principal violin in symphony orchestras. In 2011, Vineta Sareika became the principal violin of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. She was a founding member of Trio Dali which had great success in competitions and was highly acclaimed by critics. In 2012, Vineta was invited to join one of the world famous string quartets ‒ Artemis Quartet, as its primaria which marked a new stage in her life with an ensemble of the highest league.

Another highlight of the programme is music by Felix Mendelssohn who in 1829 paid visit to Britain. The journey inspired the 20-year-old composer and resulted in the outstanding overture "The Hebrides" and the legendary Scottish Symphony. The Hebrides is an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland with supernaturally wild and beautiful sea landscape. In a note to his sister Mendelssohn wrote: "In order to make you understand how extraordinarily the Hebrides affected me, I send you the following score, which came into my head there." Scottish legends and the fabulous landscape are reflected in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, the masterpiece of Romanticism, completed by the composer more than 13 years after his epic journey to Britain.

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will perform this programme of German romantic music under German conductor Lutz Köhler. The renowned conducting professor has been with Berlin University of Arts since 1999, and a director of the European Union Youth Orchestra for more than 25 years. He is the Chief Guest Conductor and Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Distinguished Fellow of Conducting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, as well as the Chairman of the Jury at the Munich International Music Competition, Honorary Member of the German Music Council and a Professor with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. He is an internationally renowned bassoonist and has recorded and given masterclasses all over the world. As a conductor Lutz Köhler has collaborated with a great number of German orchestras and has conducted at a number of prestigious festivals. Lutz Köhler has conducted in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, France, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Poland, the UK, former Yugoslavia, Spain, New Zealand, Mexico, Asia, as well as at the centres of music life in Germany.

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