Admirers of percussion music know the name of Emmanuel Séjourné – an excellent master of the vibraphone and marimba who constantly seeks to expand the opportunities provided by these instruments. He is a lecturer at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, a composer of delightful pieces and a true inspiration for budding talents.

In the concert on 30th October, we will hear Séjourné’s Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba and Orchestra performed by the composer himself in duet with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra’s charming percussionist Elīna Endzele.

You will also hear the striking Feux d’artifice (Fireworks) by French composer Guillaume Connesson and Igor Stravinsky’s radiant suite Firebird, version of 1945. The concert will be conducted by Guntis Kuzma.

The Firebird suite by Igor Stravinsky is based on his first major collaboration with the legendary Ballets Russes company and their leader Sergei Diaghilev. With this piece, Stravinsky, who was still young at the time, gained fame all across Europe (a few years later, The Rite of Spring provoked a riot). Musical influences of composers like Rimsky-Korsakov, Skryabin, Debussy and Ravel can be heard in the suite.

Out of several known suites, Guntis Kuzma has chosen the 1945 one. It is less popular, but contains more parts of the ballet than any other suite. The music stirs the listener’s imagination – the princesses’ khorovod is smooth, the Firebird is beaming, the monsters are terrifying in the darkness, but the ending is happy.

Emmanuel Séjourné is primarily a vibraphone and marimba player. Since the early 1980s, he is an active composer and concert performer. Séjourné has played in the premieres of more than hundred pieces (concertos, chamber music, solo works) by Donati, Dillon, Manoury, Aperghis, Mash, Pesson, Teplitz, Kerger and others. Together with saxophone player Philippe Geiss, he established the NOCO MUSIC band. Emmanuel Séjourné has performed together with countless orchestras. Both as a soloist and together with the ensemble Accroche-Note, he has participated in festivals in Zurich and Huddersfield as well as the Archipel Genève, Ars Musica, Musica Strasbourg, Ultima, Music Biennale Zagreb and the Venice Biennale. He has also taken part in radio programmes and live concert broadcasts in Radio France, Norwegian radio, BBC, WDR and RTA. Séjourné has recorded for such companies as Montaigne, Accord, Una Corda, Musifrance Erato and Biber Records.

Elīna Endzele has been a percussionist in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra since 2005. Since 2012, she is also the Principal Percussionist at the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.

Elīna Endzele studied percussion performance with Dzintra Knābe at Emīls Dārziņš Music School and was admitted to Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music where she studied with Edgars Saksons and obtained bachelor’s (2006) and master’s (2009) degree in percussion performance. She regularly improves her timpani skills with Reinhard Toriser, the solo timpanist of the Komische Oper Berlin.

In 2008, she won the second prize at the International Timpani Competition in Paris. In 2010, she was nominated for the Latvian Grand Music Award for excellent ensemble work. Since 2011, she occasionally performs as a member of the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the trio Art-i-Shock and the Berlin-based brass instrument and percussion instrument band Brasscussion. She has also collaborated with the organist Aigars Reinis. In 2009, Elīna received the Annual JVLMA and Swedbank Award as the Young Musician of the Year.

Guillaume Connesson is a middle generation French composer; his music is accessible and full of vitality. Among his influences, Connesson mentions masters from Couperin and Wagner to Stravinsky, Messiaen, Reich and James Brown. Until today, only his chamber music has been performed in Latvia, but Feux d’artifice might as well be the first swallow of a symphony spring.



30 Oct

19.00 / Friday / Riga, The Great Guild


Elīna Endzele - Marimba

Emmanuel Séjourné - vibraphone


Guntis Kuzma


  • Guillaume Connesson Feux d'artifice
  • Emmanuel Séjourné Double concerto for marimba, vibraphone and orchestra
  • Igor Stravinsky Firebird suite (1945 version)

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