Kalnins - Moments musicaux
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Cat No: LMIC069
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 19th October 2018
Small Pieces (3) for the Album 'For the Youth'
ArtistsToms Ostrovskis (piano)
Alfreds Kalnins (1879-1951) was born and educated in Cesis, Riga and Saint Petersburg, he worked at the St. Nicholas Church in Parnu (1903-1911) and the St. Anna Church in Liepaja (1911-1915), spent the war in Tartu (1915- 1918), and then resided in Riga (1919-1927), working as the Arts Department Director of the Ministry of Education and acting as the chief conductor of the 6th National Song and Dance Festival (1926). He spent six years in New York as a choir conductor, freelance musician and teacher, returning to Riga in 1933 as a composer and organist and serving as the rector of the Latvian National Conservatory from 1944 to 1948.
Toms Ostrovskis graduated Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) in 2002 and continued his studies on full scholarship at Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Ronan O’Hora, where he obtained Master of Music in Performance Degree and an Advanced Instrumental Studies Diploma. He has appeared with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Sidcup Symphony Orchestra, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, and other collectives. He was a finalist of European Broadcasting Union Radio Competition “New Talent” (Bucharest) and Guildhall Gold Medal Competition (London), prizewinner of International Jazeps Vitols Piano Competition (Latvia), recipient of Myra Hess Awards and Yamaha-Kemble UK Scholarship Award. Since 2007 Toms Ostrovskis has been a member of the Piano Department of JVLMA. Since 2018 he is the Head of Performing Arts Department at JVLMA.
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