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The first place of Jazeps Vitols 6th International Choral Conductor's Competition goes to Matīss Pēteris Circenis (Latvia)

28. October, 2019

After a tough and intense fight in Jazeps Vitols 6th International Choral Conductor's Competition, FIRST PLACE and a prize of 2,500 euros goes to Matīss Circenis (Latvia), SECOND PLACE and a prize of 2,000 euros goes to Daniil Lashin (Russia), THIRD PLACE and a prize of 1,500 euros goes to Artūrs Oskars Mitrevics (Latvia) and PROMOTION AWARD of 500 euros goes to Aivis Greters (Latvia).

Performances of the participants (in rehearsals and concerts) was evaluated by an international jury consisting of five members: Liana Chonishvili (Georgia), Marc Korovitch (France), Guntars Pranis (Latvia), Ainars Rubikis (Latvia) and Vivianne Sydnes (Norway).

The Jāzeps Vītols 6th International Choral Conductors Competition was held in cooperation with three professional choirs – the State Choir Latvija, the Latvian Radio Choir and Riga Chamber Choir Ave Sol. The mixed choir and symphony orchestra of JVLMA will also take part in the competition program. The international professional experience and success of the academic staff of the Department of Choir Conducting together with its practical experience in holding previous choir conductors competitions followed by further artistic achievements of their winners will qualify the competition as an event of high artistic value to fit in the Latvian culture calendar in 2019 when Jāzeps Vītols Academy of Music is celebrating its centenary.

To continue the tradition of the Baltic States choral conductors competition which  originated in the 1970s and to mark the 75th anniversary of the Department of Choir Conducting, JVLMA, the  Jāzeps Vītols 6th International Choral Conductors Competition testifies to the high standards  of Latvian choir culture and the global achievements of Latvian choral conductors. This competition also marks 100th anniversary of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.

Rector of JVLMA Guntars Pranis says:
“This is the way how we imagined a celebration should be. It was an honor to celebrate it with all of you. Our common efforts make this world a better place.”