C5 Baltic Music of Today
Discover the broad variety of music from the Baltic States – from Urmas Sisask’s Gloria Patri to other significant compositions.
Jānis Ozols (LV) is one of the well-recognized and promising conductors in Latvia, Artistic Director of the “International Baltic Sea Choir Competition”, and is also known as one of the former vocal group Cosmos singers. Currently Janis takes active role in the field of academic music in Latvia, being jury member of international choir and singer contests, as well as being head conductor of Riga and Jurmala region choirs of the XXV Latvian Song festival which will take place in 2018. He has reached notable achievements and won many prizes in Latvia and abroad with mixed choirs Maska and PaSaulei. Maska won the Grand Prix in XV international choir festival “Tallinn 2017”.
Assistant Valter Soosalu (EE) has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre as a choir conductor under the guidance of docent Hirvo Surva. As a conductor and choir master he has worked with male chamber choir Revalia, mixed choir HUIK! and Estonian Public Broadcasting mixed choir, also in different projects with Estonian National Male Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Soosalu won the 6th Estonian Young Choral Conductors Competition and was presented with the Young Choir Conductor of the Year 2014 award by the Estonian Choral Association. He is the conductor of mixed choirs at 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration “Here I’ll stay”. Valter Soosalu studied classical singing at Maestro Paolo de Napoli’s singing studio Studio Lirico. As a soloist (tenor) he has worked with Estonian National Male Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Nargenfestival and Corelli Baroque Orchestra, as a chorist at the Estonian National Male Choir and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Soosalu is keyboardist and singer at the band Põhja Konn, whose debut album (November 2016) received at the Estonian Music Awards 2017 three nominations.