State Choir “Latvija”
State Choir “Latvija”s musical radiance complete with the warmest, refined and perfect instrumentation of the vocal culture and the specific sound of Latvian choral tradition which is a world-wide known mircale. The largest professional choir of the Baltic States regularly performs concert programmes with the world’s most prominent conductors and orchestras. The musical intelligence and vocal skill of the choristers make the State Choir “Latvija” a universal instrument capable of depicting subtle a cappella paintings as well as conjuring up grand vocal symphonies accompanied by a large orchestra.
Since 1997 Māris Sirmais is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the choir, and Māris Ošlejs its General Manager. They are also founders of the annually organized International Sacred Music Festival in Latvia which will take place for the 22nd time in August 2019.
State Choir “Latvija” has performed at the most famous concert halls like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, Gasteig Munich, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow, Lincoln Center New York and many others. The choir boasts working with outstanding conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Fedoseyev , Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, and Simone Young.
The choir has collaborated among others with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and other orchestras in Germany, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Israel, USA, China and Singapore.
The State Choir “Latvija” has participated in recordings produced by Warner Brothers, Harmonia Mundi, Wergo, Ondine as well as in numerous recording projects by both Latvian and foreign music publishers.