Manager: Stefana Atlas
Additional Management: R. Douglas Sheldon
Management Territory: USA, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand
Iveta Apkalna has succeeded to “wipe off the dust" from the queen of all musical instruments and establish a new reputation for the organ. Through her compelling performances, technical brilliance, and charismatic stage presence, she has achieved star status, a privilege usually reserved for conductors, singers, pianists and/or violin virtuosos.
As a soloist, Iveta Apkalna appears in concerts throughout the world, performing in prestigious concert halls from Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, Luzern, Luxemburg, and Budapest to San Francisco and Moscow. . . . She has appeared with some of the world’s top orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Hamburger Philharmoniker, Symphony Orchestra of the West German Radio, Kremerata Baltica and Latvian National Orchestra under the direction of renowned conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Marek Janowski, Simone Young, Roman Kofman and Andriss Nelsons. A frequent guest at the leading festivals of Europe including Lockenhaus Festival, Bremen Music Festival, Halle Georg Friedrich Händel Festival, Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, Schwetzinger Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Iveta Apkalna made it her mission to bring the splendor of organ music beyond church walls and into concert halls.
In the United States, Ms. Apkalna has appeared thus far in recital in Seattle, San Francisco, Washingon DC, Los Angeles and Atlanta. In the 2016-2017season, she will make her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, as well as in recital at Disney Hall.
Iveta Apkalna has gained international recognition in various prestigious competitions. She became the first organist ever to receive the title of “Best Performing Artist” given by the German Music Award ECHO Klassik in 2005. In 2008, the German/French TV network ARTE +7 broadcast a documentary about her entitled “Dancing with the Organ.” In 2003 she was awarded the first prize and received four additional special prizes in the International M. Tariverdiev Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. In 2002, after winning the preliminary European rounds and advancing to the world finals of the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Competition in Canada, she was awarded the prestigious Johann Sebastian Bach Prize. In 2003 Iveta received the Latvian Great Music Award 2003 for special accomplishments in music.
Born in Rezekne, Latvia, Iveta studied piano and organ at J. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and continued her studies at the London Guildhall School of Music in England. She is the recipient of a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, which allowed her to continue to further her performance skills at the Stuttgart Academy of Music and Fine Arts. Iveta Apkalna currently lives in Berlin and in Riga.