Iveta Apkalna Organ Recital
Asia's largest pipe organ makes its glittery first sound! Manufactured by the historical German company, Klais Orgelbau Bonn, Weiwuying's organ has 9,085 pipes and is housed in a vineyard-style
concert hall, a structure known for its acoustic excellence. Presented by Iveta Apkalna, one of the most acclaimed organists working nowadays, the rich program blooms with her gifted talent and impeccable techniques that set forth the wide-ranging sound of Weiwuying's new organ on full display.
Apkalna has been the titular organist at Germany's Elbphilharmonie concert hall since it opened in 2017 and was awarded “soloist of the year, organ” by Germany's Echo Klassik in 2005.
The Latvian Organist Iveta Apkalna impresses with deep musical sense, technical brilliance and a keen sense of the impact of music. Iveta Apkalna has succeeded to lend a specific perception to the “queen of all musical instruments”.
Iveta Apkalna made it her mission to bring the splendor of organ music into concert halls. Since her concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Abbado, she is performing in prestigious concert halls worldwide, at renowned music festivals and with the leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony or the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of outstanding conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel, Marek Janowski, Simone Young or Andris Nelsons. Iveta Apkalna has gained international recognition in various prestigious international competitions.
In 2002, after winning the preliminary European rounds and advancing to the world finals of the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Competition in Canada, she was awarded the prestigious Johann Sebastian Bach Prize in the same year. In 2003 she received the Latvian Great Music Award for special accomplishments in music. Further she won the first prize as well as four additional special prizes in the International M. Tariverdiev Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. She received the “Excellence Award in Culture 2015” from the Latvian Ministery of Culture and was thereby appointed cultural ambassador of Lativa.
Iveta Apkalna became the first organist ever to receive the title of “Best Performing Artist” given by the German Music Award ECHO Klassik in 2005. In 2008, the German and French TV network ARTE broadcast a documentary about her entitled “Dancing with the Organ.” In the German newspaper WAZ she was reviewed as follows. In March 2018 she received the „Latvian Grand Music Award“ the most prestigious award in music in Latvia, in the categories „Musician of the Year“ and „Concert of the Year“.
A.Kaléjs: Toccata on the choral “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr”
J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue d minor BWV 565
Philip Glass: Satyagraha. Act III - Conclusion (Arranged by M. Riesmann)
J. S. Bach: Praeludium and Fugue D major BWV 532
G. Th. Thalben-Ball: Variations on a Theme of Paganini for organ pedal solo
Ch. M. Widor: Toccata from Symphonie No. 5 op. 42
C.Franck: “Piece heroique”from “Trois Pieces”
A.Kalējs (1951, Latvia): Lux aeterna - Hommage a O. Messiaen
Th. Escaich: Evocation I & Evocation II