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Staatskoor 'Latvija'

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The State Choir Latvija has been in existence for over seventy-five years. Maris Sirmais has served as conductor and artistic director of the Latvian choir since 1997. Since his appointment, the choir has won the Latvia Grand Music Award, the most important music prize in the country, a total of five times.

The choir’s repertoire comprises various genres. It features, for example, on the soundtrack to the 2006 film Perfume and has performed a number of world premieres, including Rodion Shchedrin’s The Enchanted Wanderer, Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry and Lera Auerbach’s Russian Requiem.

Each year, the choir successfully organises the International Festival for Religious Music in Riga.

The choir regularly collaborates with leading orchestras, and has toured outside Latvia, visiting a number of countries in Europe, in addition to Singapore, Israel and the US. It has worked with such conductors as Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Valery Gergiev and Zubin Mehta.

In March 2011, the State Choir appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the direction of Mariss Jansons at the Mahler Festival. CD and Blu-ray recordings of the performance were released on the RCO Live label. They collaborated a second time in November 2013 – in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in St Petersburg, again with Maestro Jansons.

The State Choir Latvija has been in existence for over seventy-five years. Maris Sirmais has served as conductor and artistic director of the Latvian choir since 1997. Since his appointment, the choir has won the Latvia Grand Music Award, the most important music prize in the country, a total of five times.

The choir’s repertoire comprises various genres. It features, for example, on the soundtrack to the 2006 film Perfume and has performed a number of world premieres, including Rodion Shchedrin’s The Enchanted Wanderer, Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry and Lera Auerbach’s Russian Requiem.

Each year, the choir successfully organises the International Festival for Religious Music in Riga.

The choir regularly collaborates with leading orchestras, and has toured outside Latvia, visiting a number of countries in Europe, in addition to Singapore, Israel and the US. It has worked with such conductors as Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Valery Gergiev and Zubin Mehta.

In March 2011, the State Choir appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the direction of Mariss Jansons at the Mahler Festival. CD and Blu-ray recordings of the performance were released on the RCO Live label. They collaborated a second time in November 2013 – in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in St Petersburg, again with Maestro Jansons.