10/14/2015

London Sinfonietta will conclude the arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2015

At 19:00 on 30 October, the Small Hall of the Dzintaru Concert Hall will host the conclusion of the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2015 in the form of a one-off concert in Latvia performed by the legendary London Sinfonietta orchestra. The concert will feature a surprising blend of musical genres and means of expression — Radiohead motifs in the music of Steve Reich, Terry Riley’s incrustation in an opus of the world famous composer of film scores Michael Nyman and the works of two British contemporary music stars Tansy Davies and Edmund Finnis.

London Sinfonietta’s core is comprised of 18 principal players representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. In this concert, the orchestra will be conducted by Andrew Gourlay and accompanied by electric guitar virtuoso Mats Bergström.

“Making new music” is the motto of the London Sinfonietta. According to the critics, “As far as instrumental music is concerned, they take on the riskiest challenges and handle them with aplomb.” The London Sinfonietta orchestra was founded in 1968 with the aim of performing contemporary music. The orchestra was one of contemporary music’s early champions and has earned its fame by performing the works of Xenakis, Ligeti, Berio, Reich, Messiaen, Adams and Part among others. The orchestra has maintained this avant-garde mission right through to the present day. 

Outstanding concerts, mostly conducted by Oliver Knussen, position the orchestra as the most renowned interpreter of British contemporary music, which seeks alternative concert venues and manifestations in virtual space. The orchestra performs together with artists who play in alternative musical genres. London Sinfonietta was one of the first orchestras to found its own education programme (it has implemented about 200 projects since 1984), in which it invites the participation of young composers who take part in competitions to win the opportunity to participate in the rendition of their works.