Juvenescent fervour and vitality, thirst for knowledge and high professionalism, excellent work and enthusiasm – this is the formula for the State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga. Since the foundation of the orchestra in 2006, Normunds Šnē is its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.
The musicians of Sinfonietta Rīga are young and open to creative challenge – they are studying the traditions of Baroque music performance and the nuances of the interpretation of Classical music; they are brilliant performers of the contemporary music and do not shy away from non-academic experiments and cross-over projects. The promotion of the genre of chamber symphony in Latvian music is among the ambitions of the orchestra – twice a year Sinfonietta Rīgacommissions a new score.
The Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga regularly enjoys collaborating with guest conductors – a number of various programmes have been staged in cooperation with Paavo and Kristjan Järvi, Heinz Holliger, John Storgårds, Christoph Poppen, Juha Kangas, Tõnu Kaljuste and Ariel Zuckermann. Brilliant soloists have performed together with Sinfonietta Rīga: Monika Groop, Inga Kalna and Olga Pasichnyk (Pasiecznik); as well as pianists Kristian Bezuidenhout and Alexander (Lexo) Toradze, the most prominent Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna, violinists Kolja Blacher, Isabelle Faust, Thomas Gould, Alina Pogostkina and Baiba Skride, Augustin Dumay and Alexander Janiczek, violist Maxim Rysanov, trombone soloist Christian Lindberg, jazz drummer Peter Erskine, accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, flutist Patrick Gallois and the experts of the early music Andrew Lawrence-King and Enrico Onofri. The orchestra is working together with the Latvian Radio Choir and its conductor Sigvards Kļava. Together, they have annually staged several musical programmes including the first performances of Latvian sacred music.
Sinfonietta Rīga has toured Paris, the Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall) Munich and the Lincoln Center New York; next year the orchestra is going to the Old Opera House (Alte Oper), Frankfurt, The Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and is ready for the concerts at the Philharmonic Halls in Kiev and St. Petersburg. The contribution of the Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga to the recording of the album Adam’s Lament by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (ECM) has won them a Grammy Award; but the rest of the seven recorded albums have been released by the devoted partners of Sinfonietta Rīga: Wergo, Ondine and Challenge Records. Threefold the orchestra has been awarded the highest prize of its country for achievement in culture and music – the Grand Latvian Music Award.