SIGVARDS KĻAVA is Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992.
As a result of Sigvards Kļava’s steady efforts, the Latvian Radio Choir (LRC) has become an internationally recognized, vocally distinctive musical group welcome to the top festivals and interesting to the most outstanding composers and conductors.
Sigvards Kļava has graduated from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLAM) in the capacity of conductor, studied at Bachakademie Stuttgart and enjoyed master classes at the Oregon Bach Festival and St. Petersburg Conservatory. Since 2000, he is Professor of Conducting at LVLAM.
Kļava’s LRC projects are deliberate narratives, musical expeditions involving exploration of the phenomenon of singing and voice, seeking for something bridging the archaic and contemporary, the eternal and mundane via concert programmes providing epiphany. The churches have been full with public eager to listen to the Litany, The Prayer of Mother Theresa, or evening talk at St. John’s Church.
It was his idea to cooperate with the stars of academic and non-academic music, priests and contemporary musicians to fuse the experiments of contemporary music with cultural heritage and extend the scope of human vocal. The theatrical shows Imants and Ziedonis, Dzejnieks un nāra, Vācietis. Klavierkoncerts, Atlantīda (composers Imants Kalniņš and Artūrs Maskats) were loved by public. Sigvards Kļava has also initiated contributions to Latvian protagonists and heroes – music for the filmed epic poem Lāčplēsis (Bear Slayer) and the stage production of Writer, telling of poetess Broņislava Martuževa.
Sigvards Kļava has always been interested in the music written by great composers – Bach, Brahms, Pärt, or Sylvestrov. In 2014 he initiated the project “Bach. Passion. Rīga” – Johann Sebastian Bach’s passions inviting the Easter spirit to Rīga churches: both Latvian and foreign musicians – outstanding baroque interpreters – performed together with the Latvian Radio Choir.
Under his guidance, the choir has been privileged to engage into creative cooperation with most notable Latvian contemporary composers – Maija Einfelde, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Arturs Maskats, Kristaps Pētersons, Santa Ratniece, Juris Karlsons, Andrejs Selickis, Pēteris Vasks – and their colleagues from abroad; the result is a range of first performances and recordings.
Sigvards Kļava has repeatedly received the Latvian Music Grand Prix; he is a recipient of the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers Award and the Order of the Three Stars. Since 1990, Kļava is Principal Conductor of the Latvian Song Festival.
Kļava has conducted concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Elba Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, Le Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Cité de la musique and elsewhere. He is a part of international juries and educational projects. As a guest conductor, Kļava has worked with the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Netherlands Opera Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Cappella Amsterdam, the Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and many others.