Pianist Didzis Kalniņš was born in Jelgava in Latvia and started his musical studies in 1997 at Jānis Norvilis Madonas Music School, followed by Jāzeps Mediņš Rīga Music Secondary School and Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy under the guidance of Professor Juris Kalnciems, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano performance in 2013. In addition, after completing relevant courses and examinations, he obtained a Piano teacher's qualification.

 

In 2016, he achieved a first class Master’s Degree in Pianoforte performance at the Conservatorio di Musica di Vicenza in Italy, under the guidance of pianist and conductor Marco Tezza.

 

He has performed in many master classes, given by renowned musicians across Europe and USA such as Lauri Väinmaa (Estonia), Ronan O’Hora and Roy Howat (United Kingdom), Dang Thai Shon (Vietnam), Petras Geniušas (Lithuania), Benedetto Lupo, Stefania Neonato, Marco Tezza (Italy), Mícheál O’Rourke and Thérèse Fahy (Ireland), Eric Tawaststjerna (Finland), Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg (Israel), Stefan Scheja (Sweden) and Boris Berman(USA).

 

Didzis has successfully participated in several piano competitions and myriad of concerts both as a soloist, with a Symphony orchestra and with other musicians for audiences in Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Brazil. His prizes include International Music competition (Genova, Italy), Premio” Milde Molinari” ( Vicenza,Italy) and the victory of Premio “Claudio Abbado” ( Bologna, Italy) together with soprano Selena Colombera. Recent performances include a solo recital at the Boyle Arts festival and a chamber music recital with the ConTempo string quartet at the National Concert Hall.

 

Alongside the concerts and competitions, he has been awarded various scholarships which include ERASMUS(2012), Italian Government (2013), ‘Lions Club’ (2014) and ESU di Padova (2014), RIAM '1848' scholar.

Since 2018, Doctor of Music in Performance candidate at the Royal Irish Academy of Music studying under the guidance of Professor Thérèse Fahy.

 

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