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

Student Opportunities, Programs, History, and more.

    • The Alion Baltic International Music Festival & Summer Academy is one of the top rapidly developing classical music festivals in Northern Europe, noted for its diverse concert programming and its musical education for music students of various ages. ABIMF 2019 presents its
      VI summer season, 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 — and draws in capacity audience from around the globe.

    • Alion Baltic summer academy presents masterclasses with internationally acclaimed professors.

      Professors & Guest artists, invited to the 2019 season include violinists Pierre Amoyal, Albert Markov, Felix Andrievsky, Aleksandr Vinnitsky, Anastasia de Haan, Igor Pikayzen; pianists Dmitri Bashkirov, Winner of Van Cliburn Competition, Olga Kern, Mikhail Voskresensky, Pavel Nersessian, Piotr Paleczny, Pascal Nemirovski, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Graham Scott, Yin Cui, Juan Lago, and Artistic Director of the Alion Baltic Festival, Michael Bulychev-Okser; violists Michael Kugel, Alexandr Zemtsov, and Isabel Villanueva; cellists Alexander Buzlov 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.

      The hallmark of the Alion Baltic Festival is a collaboration with many established festivals and other organizations.
      Past collaborations included: the annual concert of exclusively Estonian music; 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, Tallinn Medieval Days festival and Kadriorg Museum.

      The Season 2019 will culminate with the Gala Concert, featuring soprano Anna Shafajinskaya, Michael Bulychev-Okser, award winning violinist Igor Pikayzen, violist Isabel Villanueva, and Alion Baltic International Ensemble, the time, when all students can share the stage with acclaimed musicians.

    • 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's Artist in Residence, Daniel Pollack. Festival 2015 concerts took place in Tallinn, Parnu, Sillamae, Narva, Tartu, and in Riga, Latvia.

      In cooperation with the Narva Symphony Orchestra, Alion Baltic festival 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 International Music Festival and Academy offers musicians a choice of ten programs of study:

      • - Solo Piano - in session July 10 - 29*
      • - Voice - in session July 10 - 29*
      • - String Instruments study - July 10 - 29*
      • - Woodwinds: Flute & Clarinet - July 18 - 29*
      • - Classical Guitar - in session July 10 - 29*
      • - Chamber Music (optional) - in session July 10 - 24
      • - Alion Baltic String Ensemble - July 10 - 24
      • * Students who stay for the 3rd week of the festival (July 25-29) will be offered a concert tour to 5 cities: Palanga (Lithuania) ~ Riga (Latvia) ~ Pärnu (Estonia) ~ Tallinn (Estonia) ~ Helsinki (Finland).
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      Seummer Academy 2019 masterclasses will take place at prestigious Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Jāzepa Mediņa Rīgas 1.mūzikas skola in Riga, Latvia.

      Alion Baltic International Music Academy offers its students ample facilities for lessons, masterclasses, and individual practicing.

      Both historical music building, feature top of the line performance spaces and equipped with Steinway and Yamaha pianos.

      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 (1,000 seats), Vene Kultuurikeskus (850 Seats), Vene Teater (650 seats), Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn Town Hall, Mustpeade Maja (Tallinn Philharmony) etc.

    • Numerous concert trips take students and guest artists around Baltics: to Pärnu Kontserdisaal (Estonia), Tartu Jaani Cathedral (Estonia), Riga's Liele Guild - 1,000 seats) (Latvia) and Riga Latvian Society Building, Temppeliaukio Church (750 in the heart of Helsinki, Finland) and the 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.
      Season 2019 of the Competition will also serve as a European preselection of 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

      • - Performance opportunities in the most prestigious venues 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
      • - Solo, Chamber Music, and Orchestral master classes, presented by the world-class Professors
      • - An opportunity to be part of Alion Baltic International Ensemble
      • - Chamber Music taught by: Albert Markov, Igor Pikayzen, and Isabel Villanueva.
      • - New! An opportunity to perform solo with Alion Baltic International Orchestra.
      • - Perform beautiful music, surrounded by beauty & serenity of the Baltics.
    • Alion Baltic International Ensemble is comprised from musicians of Latvian orchestras and students of Alion Baltic music festival. The orchestra functions during the duration of the Alion Baltic festival.

    • Students at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival will have ample practice time each day at the festival.
      Alion Baltic facilities are equipped with ample quantity of pianos.
      An experienced accompanist will be at the disposal of Opera studios, Alion Baltic Competition, and selected lessons for String Instruments. If there is an additional need, accompanists will be present at the lessons, master classes and rehearsals, featuring Strings, Woodwinds, and Euphonium for an additional cost.
      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. Special emphasis is given to the nurturing musical talents in Latvia and around the Baltic Region.
      The festival is dedicated to presentation and popularization of the Baltic Music Culture 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 of Latvian musical tradition.

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      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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