Kamēr… Youth Choir

headline concert
composing - conducting - managing - teaching
Saturday 19.30hrs

The internationally prized Latvian Youth Choir Kamēr… was founded in 1990 by Māris Sirmais. The choir has won dozens of diplomas, awards, and trophies at a variety of international choral competitions. Both full emotional surrender, a characteristic of amateur singers, as well as the strictest criteria for vocal quality, are of equal importance for the choir. This is expressed in the ellipsis in the choir’s name, Kamēr…, which means “while” in English: while we are still young, anything is possible…

In recent years, Kamēr… has developed its own commissioned programmes like World Sun Songs, which featured 17 new choral works by world-class composers like John Tavener, Dobrinka Tabakova, Giya Kancheli, Pēteris Vasks, John Luther Adams, Sven-David Sandström and others. Other examples are the cycles Madrigals of Love (2010), Moon Songs (2012), and Amber Songs (2014), in which several celebrated composers wrote choral miniatures on love, the moon, or arrangements of Latvian folk songs, respectively. The choir has won prizes at the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir Competition in Germany in 1999, three European Grands Prix for Choral Singing in Gorizia (2004) and Arezzo, Italy (2013, 2019), as well as three championship prizes and gold medals at the World Choir Olympics in Xiamen, China, in 2006.

Aivis Greters, principal conductor and artistic director of the choir, was first a singer of Kamēr…, then served as the choir’s second conductor until 2018. He studied conducting at the Riga Dome Choir School under Valdis Bernhofs and continued his studies at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music under Jānis Lindenbergs and Andris Veismanis. Aivis has won the first prize at the Imants Kokars International Conducting Contest as well as first prize at the Nordic Choir Conductor Competition. He recently won the Latvian Grand Music Award for Best New Artist.
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About tickets

The concert is included in the registration fee of the passe partout.
Single tickets of the concert can be bought from 2 June 2022 via this dedicated link. It is also possible to by a combi ticket for both the concert by Kamēr… Youth Choir and the closing concert.