Riga Early Music Centre
Rīgas Senās Mūzikas Centrs
Teaching, diffusion and promotion of early music are their priorities!
RIGA EARLY MUSIC CENTRE is a leading organizer of early music activities – festivals, concerts, residences – in the Baltic States with a wide range of international cooperation (to mention – long-term cooperation as partner and Baltic States representative in project EEEMERGING and EEEMERGING+, supported by Creative Europe).
In 2010, conductor Māris Kupčs founded the baroque choir Collegium Choro Musici Riga, and in 2005 – baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga. Its name comes from the orchestra, which was performing in Riga in the 17th century. The Riga Early Music Centre is umbrella also for many other artists and ensembles – historical woodwind ensemble Stadt-Hautboisten Riga, early music ensemble Neymann Ensemble, soloists Elīna Šimkus, Ilze Grēvele-Skaraine, Ansis Bētiņš, Maija Klaviņa, Gertruda Jerjomenko, Edgars Skarbulis, Monta Martinsone and others. Together they represent baroque opera company that creates opera productions in historical staging. One of the last opera productions – “Stories of Clorinda, Jephte and Ismène” received splendid critiques from St. Petersburg Chamber Opera in Russia where it was performed in October, 2019.
More Than 50 Concerts and Events
Throughout the year local and abroad audiences are welcome in more than 50 concerts and events organised by Riga Early Music Centre and supporting partners as well as three early music festivals in Latvia during the summer – Early Music Festival “Vivat Curlandia!” (Bauska), that is dedicated to the medieval, renaissance and early baroque music, Riga Historical Music and Dance Festival and since 2019 – festival “Music of the Centuries” (“Gadsimtu mūzika” in Daugavpils).
Early music performers are enthusiastic about giving to Latvian and abroad listeners the opportunity to enjoy music that, thanks to period instruments and musicians who are early music researchers, has a completely different value – music becomes “pure” from unfounded stereotypes and misinterpretations, music acquires the splendour and subtlety of a particular historical period.
the people who make events of the Riga Early Music Centre happen