Iveta Apkalna, organ

Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna is considered as one of the leading instrumentalists in the world. Since 2017 she has served as the titular organist of the Klais organ at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. Iveta Apkalna regularly performs in Europe’s, North America’s and China’s most renowned concert venues.

Since Iveta Apkalna’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Claudio Abbado in 2007 she has performed with several of the world’s top orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She has collaborated with renowned conductors such as the late Mariss Jansons, Marek Janowski, Kent Nagano, Thomas Hengelbrock, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Antonio Pappano and Andris Nelsons and frequently appeared at the Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival.

Iveta Apkalna is dedicated to contemporary music and collaborates frequently with contemporary composers. Apkalna has premiered works by such composers as Philip Glass, Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvos, and Pēteris Vasks, to name a few.

In 2018 and in 2020 she was awarded with the Latvian Grand Music Award in the category of Concert of the Year. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Latvia, Iveta Apkalna was awarded the Order of the Three Stars. Furthermore, she was appointed as cultural ambassador of Latvia by receiving the Excellence Award in Culture 2015 from the Latvian Ministry of Culture. Iveta Apkalna became the first organist to receive the title of Best Performing Artist award at the 2005 ECHO Klassik awards.

Iveta Apkalna’s discography has grown extensively during the years forming a significant contribution to the art from. Iveta Apkalna’s most recent recording Triptychon (2021), featuring cornerstone works of the organ solo literature by Bach, Liszt and Vasks, entered the German classic charts immediately upon its release. Born in Latvia, Iveta Apkalna makes her home in Berlin and in Riga.



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Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8


Iveta Apkalna, organ

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

Andris Poga, conductor

ODE 1388-2

Released 02/2022

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