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Latvian composer Romualds Kalsons celebrates his 85th birthday

Romualds Kalsons was born in Riga on September 7, 1936. He studied choral conducting at the Jāzeps Mediņš Conservatory and later at the Latvian State Conservatory in the composition department. In 1971 he also completed studies in the conducting class of Jāzeps Lindberg.

Romuald's activities and experiences are extremely varied. From 1957 to 1973 he worked as a sound engineer at Latvian Radio and Television. From 1973 to 2009, the composer taught at the Latvian State Conservatory/Latvian Academy of Music and was elected professor in 1987. From 1990 to 2001, Kalsons headed the composition department.

From the 1960s to the 1980s, Romualds Kalsons performed as a conductor with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras, playing mainly the music of Latvian composers. As a pianist, together with his wife, singer Irēna Kalsone, and other musicians, he gave chamber music concerts in Riga, and other venues in Latvia, as well as in other countries. Romualds Kalsons is an active member of the Latvian Union of Composers and has served as its secretary and chairman. In 1978 Kalsons was awarded the title of Merited Artist and in 1986 the title of People's Artist. In 1996 the composer received the Grand Music Prize and in 1997 the Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

Among his very popular and well-known works are the violin concerto and the charming concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra.

07.09.2021
85th birthday 
Romualds Kalsons 
(born 7.09.1936) 
-  Concerto for violin and orchestra
- Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra

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