Iveta Apkalna - organ
Iveta Apkalna's playing combines a profound musicality and a flawless technique. During the last years she managed to put the organ as the Queen of instruments back on the map. Radiant emotional accents are created when she performs the more technically challenging pieces. Iveta Apkalna has become a new star in the organ firmament thanks to her strict dedication, meticulous attention to detail and not least because of her confident mastery of the instrument. Iveta Apkalna now has a worldwide concert career as a solo organist. She has already performed at the most prestigious venues in the German-speaking world, such as in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, Dortmund, Essen and Bremen and has played with leading orchestras. In May 2007, she gave her debut performance in the Berlin Philharmonie, where she played the "Te Deum" by Hector Berlioz under the conductor Claudio Abbado. She is also a popular guest at major music festivals throughout Europe. She considers it her mission to ensure that audiences are also exposed to the unique acoustic range of organ music outside church walls. Iveta Apkalna has had considerable success in various music competitions. She won first prize and four additional prizes at the Third International Mikael Tariverdiev Organ Competition held in September 2003 in Kaliningrad in Russia and was awarded first place in the European selection round of the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Competition. At the final held in Calgary, Iveta Apkalna won the authoritative Bach Prize. For her special services to music, she was given the Great Latvian Music Award in 2003. She was also the very first organist to be awarded the German "Echo-Klassik" prize in the category "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005.
Iveta Apkalna was born in Rezekne in Latvia, where she studied piano and organ at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. After graduating with distinction, she continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A bursary provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) enabled her to study in the solo class of Prof. Dr. Ludger Lohmann at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart from October 2000 to March 2003. Iveta Apkalna currently lives in Berlin and Riga.
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