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State Choir Latvia

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State Choir Latvija is to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2012. The choir is a four-time receiver of the Great Music Award of Latvia (in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2009). 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.
Since 1997 the artistic director and chief conductor Maris Sirmais.

The State Choir “Latvija” is the biggest concert choir in Latvia. Its repertoire is based on golden pieces from 18th – 20th century European classical music. Still the choir keeps updating its repertoire with such interesting projects as for instance film music (“Perfume”, 2006).

Over the recent years, the choir has co-operated with the leading symphony orchestras of Singapore, Israel, Germany, France, Estonia, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and smaller ensembles such as Absolut Ensemble, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the outstanding conductors Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kristjan Järvi, Pavo Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andris Nelsons, Tõnu Kaljuste and others.

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