The 32nd Liepāja International Star Festival is Open

The 32nd Liepāja International Star Festival is Open

This past Saturday on March 9, the opening notes of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra resonated through the Great Amber Concert Hall, marking the commencement of the 32nd Liepāja International Star Festival. Guided by the skilful baton of conductor Guntis Kuzma, the orchestra was joined by the presence of the renowned Canadian pianist, Louis Lortie, celebrated for his masterful interpretations of Chopin’s compositions. Lortie’s performance of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto showcased his unparalleled artistry, solidifying his status as one of the world's most versatile pianists over a career spanning more than three decades.

Adding to the evening, the Valdis Vikmanis Latvian Young Performing Artists Competition winners, a consistent highlight in recent two years, once again shared the stage with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. This year featured the talented performers – violinists Elza Siliņa and Lueta Žagare, cellist Reinis Rudzītis, percussionist Sonja Misiņa, and trombonist Dāvis Matīss Leišavnieks.

The Star Festival continues until March 23, offering performances by both local artists and international luminaries.

In tandem with the musical celebrations, the opening of the costume exhibition “Inscribed in Being Latvian” took place. Its author is the costume designer Evija Dāboliņa and it features costumes she crafted for the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration, as well as other cultural events. The exhibition will captivate attendees throughout the festival until March 24.

For a detailed schedule of the 32nd Liepāja International Star Festival, please visit (in Latvian):