Sinfonietta Rīga. 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 has been 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 contemporary music and do not shy away from non-academic experiments and crossover projects. The promotion of the genre of chamber symphony in Latvian music is among the ambitions of the orchestra – twice a year Sinfonietta Rīga commissions a new score.
Sinfonietta Rīga regularly enjoys collaborating with guest conductors – 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 Toradze, 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, clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann, trombone soloist Christian Lindberg, percussionists Martin Grubinger, Evelyn Glennie and Peter Erskine, accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, Argentine bandoneon player Marcelo Nisinman, oboe soloist Alexei Ogrintchouk, the experts of the early music Andrew Lawrence-King and Enrico Onofri, etc. The orchestra is working together with the Latvian Radio Choir. 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; the rest of the recorded albums have been released by the devoted partners of Sinfonietta Rīga: Wergo, Ondine, Onyx, Edition Records, Challenge Records, Signum Records, SKANI. Threefold the orchestra has been awarded the highest prize of its country for achievement in culture and music – the Grand Latvian Music Award.