History

Valmiera Music School

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Composer Jazeps Vitols established the first Latvian Conservatory of Music on 1919. The same year pianist Anna Kirpite started correspondence with composer Alfreds Kalnins (1879 – 1951) – a head of the Department of Music at the Ministry of Education and chairman of the Music Council in Riga, to suggest creation of musical school in Valmiera.

After discussions, Ministry of Education gave clearance to open the school and on 8th October 1920 Valmiera Music School started working. Opening ceremony was held on 20th November 1920. Composer Jazeps Vitols honored the ceremony with his presence, after which he was elected by schools board as Honorary President. At the opening ceremony Jazeps Vitols wished good success in the future, emphasized the meaning of singing and music in human life, reproved that art is not a game and urged the new generation to be prepared for serious work.

First director of Valmiera Music School was Anna Kirpite (Kirpit) from 1920 till 1922, after her, from January of 1922 till September of 1922 director was Pauls Krievins, afterwards in chronological order Arnolds Sineps (1922–1944), Elmars Vikmanis (1944–1960), Velta Miezīte-Kvepa (1960–1961), Niklavs Duze (1961–1962), Talivaldis Dubavs (1962–1966, 1970–1973), Māra Trauberga (1966–1970), Daina Priede (1973–1974), Eduards Jirgensons (1974–1989). Since February of 1989 director of Valmiera Music School is Aivars Cepitis.

Routine of Valmiera Music School is now fulfilled with artistically creative events – on January of 2015 concluded XXIV International Winter Music festival, which gathers professional musicians every year, students and graduates of music school and other participants not only from Latvia but also from abroad. On 29th January of 2015 concluded XX International competition of young pianists and there participated participants from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Russia. In the spring we will offer to our audienca Latvian music day concerts, and we will hold 23rd Summer concert season this summer.

Many of Valmiera Music School graduates have become notable musicians, for example composers Janis Kepitis, Vilnis Salaks, Arturs Maskats, Santa Ratniece and Kristaps Petersons, piano players Vilma Cirule and Jautrite Putnina, musicologists Sofija Verina and Arvids Bomiks, singers Ance Purmale and Zanda Svede, violinist Madara Petersone.

Students of Valmiera Music School have reached successes in the state and international competitions, regularly take part in many different festivals and concerts.

Graduates of Valmiera Music School continue studying in Alfreds Kalnins Music College of Cesis, Riga Dome Choir School, Emils Darzins Music School, Jazeps Medins Riga Music School, Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Royal Danish Academy of Music, State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart, Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Valmiera Music School has partners in Germany, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Spain, Finland and Czech Republic.

Valmiera Music School has always been true to its duty: cultivate soil for pupil musical education, create favorable conditions for talent development to its maximum form artistically and professionally.