Eriks_Kirsfelds

Eriks Kirsfelds, the principal cello of the Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra, for many years was a soloist and the principal cellist of the Baltic chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica.

He studied cello performance at Emils Darzins Secondary Music School with Dzidra Racevska and at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music with professors Maris Villeruss and Eleonora Testeleca. He also honed his professional skills at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with professor Arto Noras and graduated the Music Academy of Basel after studies with Ivan Monighetti.

Currently he is a faculty member of the Chamber Ensemble and Accompaniment Department of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music as well as Jurmala Secondary Music School. He has an active performance schedule as a soloist and a chamber musician and is a member of Spikeri String Quartet. In 2009 he received the Latvian Great Music Award for Outstanding Ensemble Work.

He has been a member of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Lappeenranta City Orchestra and Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist he has often appeared with the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga, Professional Symphonic Band Riga and Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra. Eriks Kirsfelds has collaborated with such prominent conductors as Andris Poga, Andres Mustonen, Lior Shambadal and others.

Most of all Eriks Kirsfelds enjoys performing chamber music. He has recorded numerous programmes for the Latvian Radio.