The principal conductor and artistic director of the choir, Aivis Greters (1993), has been a member of Kamēr... since 2009 and has served as the choir's second conductor from 2012 to 2018. He developed his taste for music in the Department of Conducting at the Riga Dome Choir School, where he studied under Valdis Bernhofs, and he continued his studies at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music under professor Jānis Lindenbergs and Andris Veismanis. During the 2015-2016 season, he refined his skills at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Aivis has won the first prize at the Imants Kokars International Conducting Contest (2013), as well as a special prize at the Jāzeps Vītols Choir Conductor Competition in Riga (2014) and first prize at the Nordic Choir Conductor Competition in Denmark (2017). Between 2014 and 2018, he was the principal conductor of the mixed choir Dziesmuvara. Currently Aivis continues his studies with Mārtiņš Ozoliņš at the Department of Orchestra Conducting of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
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.
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.
Edgars Skarbulis is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Opera Singing at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music: his teacher is Zigrīda Krīgere. He has improved his skills and knowledge in a number of masterclasses led by Joy Mammen, Asta Krikščiunaite, Algirdas Janutas, Phillip Moll, Margreet Honig, Ekhart Wycik and Maija Kovaļevska, among others. Edgars has also participated in the intensive Nordopera programme. While an exchange student at the Leipzig Academy of Music, he studied with Professor Roland Schubert. Edgars has been a chorus member at the Latvian National Opera and Ballet since 2013, and he has performed in more than 25 different opera productions. Additionally, he has portrayed various solo roles in productions of the opera studio Figaro. Collaborating with notable conductors such as Andris Veismanis, Farhads Stade, Andris Vecumnieks and Jānis Kokins, Edgars has performed a number of solo oratorio roles, including in the Schubert Stabat Mater, Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël, and the Charpentier Te Deum and Messe de minuit pour Noël. Edgars has been a board member of the Latvian Voice Teachers Association since 2013.
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.
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