The Scottish virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who has won the prestigious Polar Music Prize 2015 and a Grammy as well, the New York Times has named a phenomenon. She is the first percussionist with such an exclusive and versatile carrier both in the fields of academic and non-academic music; she is also among those few performers composers were eager to write music to them – some 200 in this case.
Glennie was born and raised in Aberdeenshire. Her father was Herbert Arthur Glennie, an accordionist in a Scottish country dance band, and the strong, indigenous musical traditions of north-east Scotland were important in the development of the young musician.
She studied at Ellon Academy and the Royal Academy of Music. Her major influences were Glenn Gould, Jacqueline du Pré and Trilok Gurtu.
The vivacious Concerto by Sir James Loy MacMillan based on the authentic Scottish folk melodies will crown the final concert of the 10th season of the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga, along with the impish music by the Joseph Haydn and something sublime by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Concert will take place in the Great Guild Hall, Riga this Thursday (26.05).
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