(c) Mārtiņš Plūme

Conductors

Jurģis Cābulis

Jurģis Cābulis (1992) is the artistic director and chief conductor of the youth choir Kamēr..., the artistic director of the Riga Cathedral Choir School Mixed Choir, as well as the head of the conducting department, and the conductor of the Riga Chamber Choir Ave Sol. He has received his bachelor's and master's degrees in choral conducting at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music under Andris Veismanis and Kaspars Ādamsons. In 2017, he was awarded the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music Annual Award for Young Musician. Jurģis Cābulis has been recipient of high-standing awards in the 5th Jāzeps Vītols international Choral Conductors Competition (2014); Towards Polyphonycompetition (2014); Juozas Naujalis International Competition for Choral Conductors (2017) and was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Eric Ericsson Award (2021). In 2019, he recorded the choral music album AETERNUM by the composer J. Jančevskis with the Riga Cathedral Choir School Mixed Choir, under the distinguished British classical music recording company Hyperion Records. In 2021, Jurģis Cābulis won the most acclaimed Latvian academic music award – the Latvian Grand Music Award – for the best concert of the year, AMAO OMI.

Patriks Kārlis Stepe

Patriks Kārlis Stepe (1998) has graduated from Riga Dome Choir School, where he studied choral conducting with Mārtiņš Klišāns and voice with Valda Tračuma. Currently he continues his education in choral conducting at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with Andris Veismanis. Patriks is a prizewinner of the Imants Kokars International Conducting Contest. Since 2017 he is also the artistic director of Old St. Gertrude's church mixed choir. He has been actively participating in the choral projects of European Choir Academy. Between 2013 and 2018, he was the second conductor of choir DeCoro, and took the position of the second conductor of Kamēr... in September 2018.

Vocal coaches

Jolanta Strikaite-Lapiņa

Jolanta Strikaite-Lapiņa graduated with a Master's degree in Opera Singing from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music as a student of Professor Anita Garanča and Kristīne Gailīte, and polished her skills in masterclasses with various coaches and singers including Axel Everaert (The Netherlands), Asta Kriksciunaite (Lithuania), Liene Kinča and Andžella Goba (Latvia). In 2013, Jolanta was a finalist of the Alīda Vāne International Vocal Competition and participated in Nordopera intensive new singers programme.
Jolanta sang her first roles in the opera studio Figaro (Lolita in Jānis Kalniņš' Lolitas brīnumputns and Leonora in Hindemith's The Long Christmas Dinner) and at the festival Dominante (Mary in Repighi's Maria egiziaca). Other vocal parts have included Saulcerīte (Zelta zirgs), Maria (West Side Story), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne), Cosette (Les Misérables), and soprano solos in Orff's Catulli Carmina, Tavener's Ikon of Eros, Imants Kalniņš' Poet and mermaid and Bernstein's Mass. Her recent roles at the Latvian National Opera and Ballet have inlcuded Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Adele in Die Fledermaus.

Ansis Sauka

Ansis Sauka studied piano at the Jāzeps Mediņš Music school and continued studies of voice with Professor Guriy Antipov and composition with Professor Pauls Dambis at the Latvian Academy of Music. He was a member of the State Choir Latvija from 1985 to 1987 and a soloist at the Latvian National Opera from 1995 to 1998. Sauka has also performed chamber music with pianist Valdis Jancis and other singers, including works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms. Has recital work has included admirable programs of Latvian chamber music, and he has toured Germany, France and the Netherlands. Sauka has worked as a vocal coach in the State Choir Latvija and Youth Choir Kamēr... since 1994, and he has taught obligatory singing at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music since 2006.

Administration

Andrejs Stupins-Jēgers

Managing director

Maija Beatrise Punka

Project manager

Andris Vecrumba

Corporate relations manager


For contact details, please see Contact Us

Youth Choir Kamēr...

The principal conductor and artistic director of the Youth Choir Kamēr… is Jurģis Cābulis, and its vocal coaches are Jolanta Strikaite-Lapiņa and Ansis Sauka. The choir was founded in 1990 by conductor Māris Sirmais, was led by Jānis Liepiņš from 2012 to 2018 and by Aivis Greters from 2018 to 2022.

Since its foundation, the choir has won dozens of diplomas, awards, and trophies at a variety of choral competitions. These include a prize at the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir Competition in Germany in 1999, three European Grands Prix for Choral Singing in Gorizia (2004) and Arezzo, Italy (2013, 2019), as well as three championship prizes and gold medals at the World Choir Olympics in Xiamen, China, in 2006. Kamēr… has also received many Latvian Great Music Awards and has won the national choir competition a total of six times.

Kamēr… has developed programs specially commissioned for the choir. Its biggest project to date is World Sun Songs (2008), which featured 17 new choral works inspired by the sun; the project included such world-renowned composers as Sir John Tavener, Giya Kancheli, Sven-David Sandström, Leonid Desyatnikov, John Luther Adams, Stephen Leek, Dobrinka Tabakova, Ko Matsushita, and others. Other examples of this concept have included the cycles Madrigals of Love (2010), Moon Songs (2012), and Amber Songs (2014), in which several celebrated composers wrote choral miniatures on love, the moon, or arrangements of Latvian folk songs, respectively.

The choir has also actively worked toward the goal of synthesizing genres and means of expression. Examples of this effort have included scenic and choreographed performances of Jersikas derība (an oratorio by Līga Celma), The Christmas Legend (a musical tale by Ēriks Ešenvalds), and The Canticles of the Holy Wind (a large-scale scenic meditation by John Luther Adams).

To celebrate the special cooperation with artist Ilmārs Blumbergs who created the logo and most of the album art for the choir, a unique concert-exhibition Kalpotājs. Blumbergs. Kamēr... was held in 2018 at Rīgas mākslas telpa. The world premieres of the compositions in this album were enriched with artwork of Ilmārs Blumbergs.

Other stage partners of Kamēr... have included Gidon Kremer, Marta Sudraba, the orchestra Kremerata Baltica, Nicolas Altstaedt, Peter Schreier, Yuri Bashmet, Julius Berger, Maxim Rysanov, and many more.

Almost all of the choir's original music as well as various choral classics in the choir's repertoire have been recorded in a series of highly praised CDs. The latest of these are Pelēcis. Plakidis. Kamēr..., which celebrated the anniversaries of composers Georgs Pelēcis and Pēteris Plakidis, and the recording of the Kalpotājs. Blumbergs. Kamēr... program that was made in spring 2019.

Over the last twenty-five years, Kamēr... has achieved its special sound by cultivating its own signature performance style. Both full emotional surrender, a characteristic of amateur singers, as well as the strictest criteria for vocal quality, are of equal importance for the choir. This is expressed in the ellipsis encoded in the choir's name, Kamēr..., which means "while" in English. While we are still young, anything is possible...

Youth Choir Kamēr...


Correspondence address

Youth Choir "Kamēr..."
Raina bulv. 8
Riga LV-1050
Latvia
*please always also note the name and surname of the recipient

Artistic director and principal conductor

Jurģis Cābulis: jurgis [] kamer.lv

Managing director

Andrejs Stupins-Jēgers: andrejs [] kamer.lv

Project manager

Maija Beatrise Punka: maija [] kamer.lv

Corporate relations manager

Andris Vecrumba

Support foundation of the choir

Society "Kamer muzika"
Reg. No. 50008198901
Avenu str. 9, Vimbukrogs, Kekavas nov., LV-2123, Latvia

Bank details:
A/S Swedbank
IBAN: LV26HABA0551034186423
SWIFT: HABALV22

PayPal: paypal [] kamer.lv

Chairman of the board: Andrejs Stupins-Jēgers

The foundation is a non-VAT NGO.

For donations, please use either of the bank details above.

Current and former associates and sponsors of the choir

Rīgas dome Latvijas dzelzceļš a/s UPB Latvijas Valsts meži Ave Sol
Whirlpool PTA Antalis Skulte Terminal MusicaBaltica
DailySpecial Latvijas Vestnesis Papyrus

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