About Alion Baltic International Music Festival
July 10 - 29, 2019


Student Opportunities, Programs, History, and more.

    • The Alion Baltic International Music Festival is one of the top rapidly developing classical music festivals in Northern Europe, noted for its diverse concert programming and educative summer programs for music students of various nations and ages. ABIMF 2019 presents its VI summer season in Riga, Latvia, featuring masterclasses by internationally acclaimed professors, concerts in 4 European countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, and Estonia), solo and chamber music performances, subject lectures and career seminars.

    • Alion Baltic summer academy presents lessons & masterclasses by internationally acclaimed professors.

      Professors & Guest artists, invited to the 2019 season include violinists Pierre Amoyal, Albert Markov, Felix Andrievsky, Krzisztof Wegrzyn, Aleksandr Vinnitsky, Anastasia Kozlova, and Igor Pikayzen; pianists Dmitri Bashkirov, Winner of Van Cliburn Competition, Olga Kern, Pavel Nersessian, Piotr Paleczny, Pascal Nemirovski, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Graham Scott, Min Kwon, Yin Cui, Juan Lago, and Artistic Director of the Alion Baltic Festival, Michael Bulychev-Okser; violists Michael Kugel, Alexander Zemtsov, and Isabel Villanueva; cellists Raphael Wallfisch and Antonio Lysy, Mozarteum Professor-flutist Elisabeth Moest, Internationally acclaimed clarinetist Julian Milkis; Teatro Alla Scala soloist - Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni, and Star soprano from New York City Opera/Berliner/and Covent Garden, Anna Shafajinskaya.

      Alion Baltic Festival also presents lectures by Latvian musicians. Among them, Professors of Jacob Vitols Latvian Academy of Music: Elionora Testellica, Cello, Kaspars Zemitis, guitar and composer Janis Petraskevics.

      The Season 2019 will culminate with the Gala Concert, July 24, featuring soprano Denia Gavazzeni, pianist Michael Bulychev-Okser, violinist Anastasia Kozlova, violist Isabel Villanueva, award-winning clarinetist Julian Milkis, and Alion Baltic String Ensemble, the time, when all students can perform and enjoy the gift of music.

    • Weeks 1-2: July 10-24 - Lessons/Masterclasses
      Week 3: July 25-29 - Concert Tour

      • - Piano - July 10 - 24*
      • - Voice - July 10 - 24*
      • - String Instruments - July 10 - 24*
      • - Woodwinds: Flute & Clarinet - July 18 - 25*
      • - Classical Guitar - July 10 - 24*
      • - Chamber Music (optional) - July 10 - 24
      • - Alion Baltic String Orchestra - July 10 - 24*
      * Students who stay for the 3rd week of the festival (July 25-29) will be offered a concert tour to: Palanga (Lithuania) ~ Pärnu (Estonia) ~ Tallinn (Estonia) ~ Helsinki (Finland).

    • For the VI consecutive season, The Alion Baltic International Music Festival opens its concert doors to meet the ecstatic audience. Founded by Michael Bulychev-Okser in New York in 2014 with a help and support from Mr. Sten Schwede, Consul General of Estonia in The United States, the festival proved to be a unique musical event, organized on a large-scale international level. Nine days of the festival 2014 presented 21 concerts in Tallinn, Narva, Rakvere, Johvi and other cities around Estonia. The performers were world-recognized pianists and vocalists from Estonia, The United States, Bolivia, Russia, Germany, Japan, Spain, France, China, Greece, Serbia, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan. The Estonian community met it with an overwhelming enthusiasm.

      Continuing its traditions, The Alion Baltic International Music Festival 2015 opened in Tallinn with a triumphal recital by the legendary American pianist, festival Professor, Daniel Pollack. Festival 2015 concerts took place in Tallinn, Parnu, Sillamae, Narva, Tartu, and in Riga, Latvia.
      Cooperating with the Narva Symphony Orchestra, Alion Baltic festival-2015 presented an evening of Mozart, featuring Guest Artists from The United States, Finland, Ukraine, and South Korea. Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Estonian Composers Union, one of the festival's concert featured music exclusively by Estonian Composers: Jarvo Part, Lepo Sumera, Mart-Matis Lill, among others.

      Bringing more joy to the hearts of music lovers, Alion Baltic 2016 expanded its geography, producing concerts, excursions, and lectures in 4 countries: Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Russia.
      Three orchestral Galas of Alion Baltic Season 2016 presented The Sankt-Peterburg Symphony (led by Sergej Stadler) in a devotional program in Memory of Eri Klas, Music from the Movies by the North-Western Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, and the Final Gala concert by Alion Baltic Chamber, featuring music by G. Faure and D. Shostakovich.
      Israel Ensemble Multi-Piano Presented presented works for 8 eights and 2 pianos.
      Led by AB Honorary Guest Artist 2016, Valentina Goncharova, The Alion Baltic String Ensemble presented Schumann's Quintet.
      Daily student concerts presented music by the Alion Baltic 2016 student composers: Kevin Kay and Gregory Houston.
      Star faculty and guest artists 2016 included pianists Daniel Pollack, Oxana Yablonskaya, Pasquale Iannone, Leonel Morales, Lily Dorfman, and Michael Bulychev-Okser; violinists Sergei Stadler, Anastasia de Haan, Leonid Kerbel, Sumiko Tajihi, and Anna Laukhina, Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Olga Makarina, flutist Patrick Dillery, and Percussionist Rein Roos.

      Season 2017 highlights included master classes by Sergei Stadler, Sankt-Peterburg String Quartet, Duet Davide Alogna/Bruno Canino and a Bellini Opera Gala, featuring Molodechno Symphony Orchestra and soloists from Major Opera Houses around the World.

      Season 2018 marked festival's 5th anniversary. Highlights from season 2018 included 3 concerts by Alion Baltic International Orchestra, at the Small Hall of Tallinn Philharmony, and the Pollamae Open Air concert, presented by the city of Tallinn; the concert of Alion Baltic String Quintet, featuring award-winning violinists Anastasia de Haan, EMI artist - Alyssa Margulis, and Internationally acclaimed violinist Sergei Stadler, cellist Aleksandr Bouzlov, and violist Marco Misciagna; the Gala Closing Concert of the festival took place at the Country's most prestigious Hall - Estonia Cocert Hall, featuring Mart Sander, Maria Veretenina, and the Eurovision finalist, Elina Nechayeva, among other artists.

      Alion Baltic Festival collaborated with many established festivals and other organizations.
      Past collaborations included: the annual concert of exclusively Estonian music at Tallinn Town hall; Alion Baltic International Music Competition at Mektory (Estonian Union of Inventors), presenting six-string acoustic viola, a unique innovation of Estonian inventors, led by Gabriel Paasov; collaboration with Tallinn Sea Days Festival (5 concerts in 2016), Tallinn Medieval Days festival and 2017 open-air Opera Gala at Tallinn's Kadriorg Park, with over 1,500 audience in attendance.

    • AB-Venues

      Festival lessons, masterclasses, lectures and selected concerts will take place at Rīgas Mūzikas internātvidusskola and at prestigious Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia.

      Both music buildings are equipped with numerous pianos and offer festival students ample facilities for lessons, masterclasses, and individual practicing.

      Alion Baltic Festival Concerts 2019 take place in Riga, as well as in other cities in Latvia. In addition to concerts in Latvia, students will be offered performance opportunities in Finland, Estonia, and Lithuania.

      In the past 5 seasons, festival concerts took place in: Estonia Kontserdisaal (1,000 Seat Concert Masterpiece),Jaani Church, Vene Kultuurikeskus, Vene Teater, Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn Town Hall, Mustpeade Maja (Tallinn Philharmony) and other locations.

    • Concert trips are combined with sight-seeing and take students and guest artists to various destinations around Baltics. Cities include: Pärnu, Tallinn (Estonia), Liepae (Latvia), Temppeliaukio Church (750-seat auditorium in the heart of Helsinki, Finland) and Kurhauzo Salė in Palanga, Lithuania.

    • The Alion Baltic International Music Competition takes place during the Alion Baltic Festival. It presents brightest musical young musical talents in an environment of a friendly contest.
      The Mission of the Competition is to promote music of the Baltic countries around the world and to discover and present musical talents of all walks of life.
      The Competition-2019 will serve as a European preselection for the IV George Gershwin International Competition to take place in New York city, USA, November 5-12, 2019.
      For more information on the competition, please visit: Alion Baltic Competition Page

      • - Lessons & master classes, presented by the world-class Professors
      • - Performance opportunities in 4 countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland
      • - Our Trademark Opportunity: a possibility to perform, sharing stage with internationally acclaimed musicians: Professors and Guest Artists of the Festival
      • - An opportunity to be part of Alion Baltic International Ensemble
      • - Chamber Music taught by: Albert Markov, Michael Kugel, Felix Andrievsky, Julian Milkis
      • - Perform beautiful music, surrounded by beauty & serenity of the Baltics.
    • Alion Baltic International Ensemble is comprised from students of Alion Baltic music festival and selected musicians of Estonian & Latvian orchestras. The orchestra functions during the duration of the Alion Baltic festival.

    • Students at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival will have up to 4 hours/day of practicing. The cost of daily practicing is €2 per day or €10 per week.
      The balance for practicing is to be paid directly to administration Rīgas Mūzikas internātvidusskola & Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
      An experienced accompanists will be available during lessons of Strings & Opera studios, Alion Baltic Competition, and selected lectures/concerts.
      Please arrange in advance by emailing to: alionbalticfest@gmail.com

    • The mission of the Alion Baltic International Music Festival is to discover the talents of instrumentalists and vocalists from around the World and to offer performance opportunities in the early stages of their artistic growth.
      The festival is dedicated to initiate cross-cultural exchange, presenting music of the Baltic countries and from around the world. Among other nations around the Baltic Sea, Latvia is rich in its superb musical traditions. The Alion Baltic International Music Festival presents the some of the most eloquent works composed in Latvia.

    • Whether one travels for leisure or for business, the Baltics offer unique opportunities for every personality, palate and pocketbook. Boasting five-star luxury and chic boutique hotels to hunting lodges and restored manor homes to rustic campgrounds, even mid-winter sleigh rides, the Baltics provide delightful surprises at every turn.

      Where else can visitors enjoy majestic forest and mountain settings, eco-excursions, fashionable shopping, and sophisticated dining, while also discovering authentic folk traditions?

      Today the Baltic region of northern Europe has become a popular mecca for Continental tourists and a favorite destination for musicians around the world.



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