Baltic Sea Music Academy

Every year, Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation holds an Academy LAB, an intensive series of workshops and seminars for young orchestra players, part of our unique teaching ecosystem. The innovative idea of Kristjan Järvi, who oversees all its activities, the Academy LAB is run by a team of renowned international coaches, all acclaimed soloists in their own right.

The academy’s original approach brings together all of our educational activities, including orchestra rehearsals, sectional coaching, chamber music projects, and workshops on composition and rhythm. It embraces music of all genres, enabling the young musicians to stretch their artistic boundaries in an environment that celebrates exploration and experimentation. It also promotes entrepreneurialism, developing individual and team creativity, and offering vital experience and skills for players considering a career in music.

Alongside the orchestra academy, we run special Conducting and Composition workshops, allowing talented young composers and conductors the rare chance to develop and practise their professional skills, under the guidance of Kristjan Järvi and special coaches.

Our 2016 academy took place from 9 to 14 April in Liepāja, Latvia, with coaches including Ole Edvard Antonsen (brass); Jan Bjøranger (violin); Paul Cortese (viola); Charles DeRamus (double bass); Andrey Godik (woodwinds); Justas Kulikauskas (cello); Sebastiaan Molenaar (percussion) and Daniel Schnyder (composition). The intense study period led into Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s inaugural ‘Baltic Sea Landscapes’ tour.

Find out more about our coaches here.