Iveta Apkalna has made it her mission to restore the glory of the concert hall organ.
Since appearing on a concert given by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado in May 2008, the Latvian organist has performed in leading concert halls and at major festivals.
She has worked with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and has collaborated with conductors including Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Antonio Pappano.
Since the opening festival of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in January 2017, she has held the title of organiste titulaire of the new Klais organ there.
Apkalna studied piano and organ at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, continuing her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart.
She was the first organist ever to receive an ECHO Klassik award, when she was named Instrumentalist of the Year in 2005. She was made a cultural ambassador of Latvia in 2015.
Apkalna is making her first guest appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.