On Saturday, May 4, the choir's competition from the First International Choir Competition “Riga Sings” ended, the choirs from 11 countries took part in the competitions, the main prize – “The Imanta Kokara Choir Award”, the organizers.
The Riga Congress Hall was nominated for the First International Choir Competition “Riga Singing” for 10th category winners.
The choir's main prize for the "Imanta Kokara Choir Award" was the "Chechen High School Choir" of Japan, leader Mikiko Sato.
Winners of the competition categories are: t
Competition in category B1, Mixed Choirs, Grade 2 difficulty – Lovely Choir “Burtnieks”, Latvia, leader Egils Lipšāns
Competition in Category A2, Female and Male Choirs, Grade 1 Degree – Bel Chorus, Norway, Conductor Dag Eriks Enoxen
Competition in category A1, Mixed Choirs, difficulty level Grade 1 – Darzins Emīls, mixed choir, Latvia, conductor Nora Kalniņa
Competition in category C1, Mixed chamber choirs – Mirea Kamerkoris, Russia, conductor Ivan Samoilov t
Competition in Category G1, Children's Choirs – Male Voice Choir Singing Center, Conductor Alexei Umanov t
Competition in Category G2, Youth Choir Choirs – “Chess High School Choir, Japan, Conductor Mikiko Sato
Competition in category G3, mixed youth choirs – “O. Khor Muzikalnogo Uchilisha Ram Imeni Gnesinikh, Russia, leader Elena Kolmakova
Competition in Category F, Folklore – “Seisen High School Choir, Japan, Conductor Mikiko Sato
Competition in Category S, Sacred Music – “Chechen High School Choir, Japan, Conductor Mikiko Sato
The performance of the choirs was criticized by a professional international jury including Peters Haberms, who has worked for many years with Friedrich Krell as deputy artistic director of the Radio and Television Broadcasting Choir (Rundfunkjugendchor) in Vernigerode. The Children's Choir organization later became very successful until it became Artistic Director of Rundfunkjugendchor in 1996, still a singer, spokesman and active member of the INTERKULTUR event and the German Choir Competition Jury.
The jury was Martins Klišāns, who is currently the conductor of the mixed choir “Vaidelote” and the mixed Valmiera choir, as well as the main leader of the Cissis area. Mārtiņš Klišāns was elected as lead leader of the General Song Festival in 2008, 2013 and 2018; he has also been one of the leading leaders of the IX and X Latvian School Song and Dance Celebration. In 2015, Mārtiņš Klišāns won the highest state prize – the Three Star Guild.
Russia was represented at the international jury by Mikhail Gailikov, artistic director and chief conductor of the Leningrad County Symphony Orchestra of Taurage County, International and Russian Competition Winner, Artistic Director and Principal State Director of St. Petersburg and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Aira Birziņa also represented Latvia in the jury, and since 2000 was the Riga Dome Ladies Choir “Tiāra”. She's one of the most distinguished leaders in Latvia who works mainly with women's choirs and teaches choral conduct at the Jāzeps Vītols Academy of Music. For many years our main conductor has been the famous female choir "Dzintars" (Riga) and "Rasa" (Ogre). Aira Birzina is also one of the leading leaders of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival (XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI).
Meanwhile, Tove Ramlo-Istada, who represented Norway, has been holding Cantus of Women since the beginning of 1986. Cantus has had great success, won several competitions and is renowned for its Nordic sound. Because of this sound, the Disney Cantus studio opened and the choir chose to sing in the film's Frozen animation. Tove Ramlo-Istada is the music director of the Norwegian Choir Society, and one of the main tasks is to improve the education systems of Norwegian choral conductors.
The jury representative Marleille De Bo loved the choir's music at an early age, singing in the Valranta Youth Choir. After finishing her music studies at Lemden Institute in Leuven, where she gained her masters degrees in music pedagogy and choral leadership, she became artistic director of this choir. At the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp, we teach an academic postgraduate course called "Child Support and Youth Choirs".
Guntars Prānis, Rector of JVLMA, joined the jury at the "Imanta Kokara Choir Award".
Organizers of the first International Choir Competition "Riga Sung" and "Imanta Kokara Choir Award" is the cultural movement of Germany INTERKULTUR, in association with Riga Borough Association of Cultural Organizations and Riga City Council.