Saturday, January 14 at 19:00 in the Great Guild, the Sinfonietta Riga orchestra and conductor Normunds Šnē will play music for the first time together with Dominik Wollenweber, the English horn soloist of the Berlin Philharmonic. Get your tickets here.
You will hear Pēteris Vasks "Concerto for English horn". Along with this opus, the orchestra will also play Joseph Haydn's "102nd Symphony" and the "Suite for Sampler and Orchestra" by Heiner Goebbels.
About Dominik Wollenweber, the legendary Italian conductor Claudio Abbado once said:
He is the best English horn soloist of all time and everyone who has been lucky to witness Wollenweber's amazing technique and deep emotional immersion in the heart of the composition, would agree.
Wollenweber about his instrument and its mission says:
The English horn needs a soft, rounded vibrato... We are among those who can move people to tears.
In the fall of 2021, Wollenweber's solo album "The Art of English Horn" was released by Suprophon, followed not only by the most positive reviews of critics and the love of listeners but also in the fall of 2022 by the honour of being a laureate of the prestigious German music award, Opus Klassik.
Born in Grefelfingen, on the outskirts of Munich, Dominik Wollenweber got to know the velvety voice of the English horn from an early age - his father was a soloist of the Munich Bavarian State Orchestra.
The joy of discovery and perpetual reaching for new horizons are the traits that best describe the Grammy-winning State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga. Since its foundation in 2006, the orchestra's artistic director and chief conductor have been Normunds Šnē.