Daumants Liepiņš, piano
Daumants Liepiņš is one of the piano world’s most tantalizing new talents and recently topped Pianist magazine’s list of ‘Pianists to Look Out For in 2020’. In 2019, he was awarded the Vendome Prize at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Daumants will soon appear at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, the most prestigious classical music festival in the Baltic States, and in recital at the Gasteig in Munich, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. He looks forward to concerto appearances in Madrid, Bilbao, Granada and Tenerife.
Daumants has already performed as a soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Georgian National Symphony Orchestra and the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. He is contracted to record for the Naxos and Steinway labels, tour with orchestras from the Iberian Peninsula and open the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra’s forthcoming season.
In 2017, Daumants won the Young Artist of the Year prize at the Lielā Mūzikas Balva (the Latvian National Grand Music Award), the most prestigious awards ceremony for classical musicians in Latvia. He is firmly established as a core artist in his home country, a territory known for exporting musicians of world-class quality from Andris Nelsons to Baibe Skride.
Daumants currently studies at the Ingesund School of Music at Karlstad University, Sweden, with Professor Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist. He has been a prizewinner at numerous instrumental competitions, including the Maria Canals Piano Competition (First Prize), the Nordic Piano Competition, the George Enescu International Piano Competition, the James Mottram International Piano Competition and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition (Special Prize for Artistry). He signed to Nordic Artists Management in 2019.
Since September 2020, he is an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the piano section of Louis Lortie.