Sinfonietta Rīga will give a concert at the Royal Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam

On Sunday, 27 November, the State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga will perform at the world-renowned concert hall in Amsterdam for the first time since its inception. Alexei Ogrintchouk, the first Oboe of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a well-known musician among Latvian audiences and an old friend to Sinfonietta, will take to the conductor’s stand. The programme will also be performed in Latvia at a one-off concert at the Union House in Daugavpils on 24 November.


            One week after the concert dedicated to the 104th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, Sinfonietta Rīga will showcase our country’s cultural achievements at the prestigious Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam. The concert will be broadcast live on Dutch NPO Radio 4, and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will ensure that listeners can enjoy the performance remotely in several other European countries.


            Sinfonietta Rīga has performed in the Netherlands previously – not just in Amsterdam but also in Rotterdam and Eindhoven. The concert programme for this event will feature music by Joseph Haydn, Sergei Prokofiev and Johann Sebastian Bach. On this significant occasion, leadership of the orchestra will be entrusted to oboist and conductor Alexei Orgintchouk, with whom Sinfonietta Rīga has enjoyed outstanding collaborations in the past.


            Joseph Haydn produced a series of masterpieces that contributed to nearly all forms of music of his time. Not only that, his works also laid foundations for new genres. To this day, the oldest of Viennese classical composers is called the father of symphony and the string quartet. Haydn’s last twelve symphonies, also known as the London Symphonies, are regarded today as the composer’s crowning achievement in this genre. Moreover, they serve as the bridge between Mozart’s final symphonic works and the first opuses of Ludwig van Beethoven. In Amsterdam, Sinfonietta Rīga will perform Symphony No. 104, Haydn’s last piece, which he composed in London in 1795 and conducted himself at its premiere.


            Haydn’s energy and sparkling vitality can also be heard in Sergei Prokofiev’s (1891-1953) First Symphony. Composed in the summer of 1917, the piece, also known as the Classical Symphony, is an excellent example of Neoclassical style. The composer once remarked: ‘I think that if Haydn had lived to this day, he would have preserved his compositional style while simultaneously capturing the spirit of the new age. That was the kind of symphony I wanted to create.’


            The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has inspired the world’s greatest minds and ideas; his compositions resonate throughout the ages and bring listeners closer to understanding the essence of human existence. Bach’s works are full of symbols and codes that have a conscious and unconscious impact on everyone who seeks strength, balance, and peace in music. The composition – created nearly three centuries ago in Leipzig – is dedicated to Easter. It conveys a story, starting from the moment of finding the empty tomb of Jesus and ending with the joys of his resurrection. The audience will have the opportunity to appreciate Alexey Ogrinchouk's performance of the Adagio movement of this vocal-instrumental cycle, with its distinctive oboe melody.


            Critically acclaimed audience favourite Alexei Ogrintchouk (1978) has been performing since the age of thirteen. Without a doubt, the most significant turning point of Ogrintchouk’s musical career was in 1998 when he won First Prize at the international music festival in Geneva. The following year, he received the Juventus Prize in a woodwind competition in Austria and the Natexis Foundation Prize the year after. In 2002, at the Victoires de la Musique Classique award ceremony (the highest music award in France) Ogrintchouk not only won the title of ‘Foreign Artist of the Year’ but also received the Audience Choice Award.


            Among his teachers was the legendary French oboist Maurice Bourgue, whose tutelage and experience Orgintchouk has put to excellent use in his music career. As an educator, he has passed on his teacher's wealth of knowledge to future generations of musicians.


            In 2005, Ogrintchouk became principal oboe of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has performed under the direction of Mariss Jansons and Daniele Gatti.


            As a soloist, Orgintchouk has worked with several world-class orchestras: the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Kremerata Baltica, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and many others.


            The oboist has performed under many world-famous conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Sir Andrew Davies, Daniel Hardings, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jaap van Zweden and Andris Nelsons.


            Ogrintchouk’s career as a solo performer and chamber musician is equally rich and exciting. He has performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris; the Musikverein Hall in Vienna; Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London; Carnegie Hall in New York; and Suntory Hall in Japan. The oboist is regularly invited to participate in prestigious music festivals: Ogrintchouk has performed at BBC Proms, the Midem Music Conference in Cannes, the Verbier and Lucerne Festivals, the Berliner Festspiele, and the Edinburgh International Festival.


            Ogrintchouk has worked together with violinist Gidon Kremer, Romanian pianist Radu Lupu, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, cellist Mischa Maisky, violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov, violist Yuri Bashmet, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, oboist Maurice Bourge, and violist Tabea Zimmermann. He has also collaborated with the world-famous Belcea, Ébène, and Tokyo string quartets.


            Alexei Ogrintchouk has been a professor of oboe at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève (since 2011) and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (since 2010). He has also given master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country in San Sebastián.


Alexey Ogrintchouk plays an instrument made by Marigaux, a French company steeped in tradition.


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