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The State Choir "Latvija"
Country: Latvia

State Choir Latvija is to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2012. The choir is a three-time receiver of the Great Music Award of Latvia (in 1998, 2000, and 2002). In 2003, the Choir was presented with the Award of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia. In 2007, it was given the Award of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.             

Since 1997, general manager Maris Oslejs,the choir has been led by Maris Sirmais.

The State Choir “Latvija” is universal group. It keeps updating its repertoire with innovative music pieces in most various genres beginning from jazz (for instance Joe Zawinul works) and ending with film music (“Perfume”, 2006). The choir’s repertoire includes also golden pieces from choral classics, vocal/ instrumental music – oratorios, cantatas, masses, requiems, symphonies, concert performances of operas, a broad a cappella programme, music for choir and organ, in a time frame from early Renaissance to today. Over the recent years, the choir has co-operated with the leading symphony orchestras of Singapore, Israel, Germany, Estonia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Les frères Belmondo and Absolut Ensemble, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the outstanding conductors Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kristjan Järvi, Pavo Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Tõnu Kaljuste and others.      


In September 2008 State Choir Latvija debut in Finlandia Hall.

In the beginning of 2008, The Choir gave world premiere of “Deer’s Cry” by Arvo Part in Ireland, concert “Baltic Voices”.

In September 2007, at the Bremen Music Festival, State Choir Latvija, together with the conductor Tõnu Kaljuste and Bremen Symphony Orchestra, gave the world premiere of the Russian Requiem by Lera Auerbach.

In 2007, Academic Choir Latvija organized the 10th International Sacred Music Festival with a wide range of events. Within the festival programme, especially to be noted is the first performance in Latvia of The Mass byLeonard Bernstein.

State Choir Latvija has participated in recording the soundtrack for the film Perfume (Das Parfum; directed by Tom Tykwer). In September 2006, this music was also released as a CD by EMI Classics under the title Perfume (Original Soundtrack). Other participants of the recording were the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Sir Simon Rattle. The Choir has also taken part in records of such recording companies as Warner Classics  as well as in CDs of many Latvian, German and countless foreign producers and labels.    

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