Just in: Verbier chief founds another festival

Just in: Verbier chief founds another festival


norman lebrecht

November 30, 2018

Martin Engstroem has announced a new festival in Latvia.

The first year will cosist of four weekends with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta; London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda and the Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev.

The second year will be six weekends, going up to eight in 2021.

Engstroem’s co-director is Miguel Esteban, Verbier’s co-founder and COO of London-based production company Idili Live and associate producer of Mamma Mia! The Party.

Backing for the ‘Riga Jurmala Music Festival’ comes from ‘the BMS Foundation, a philanthropic body dedicated to creating world-class classical music events in Latvia.’

So what’s not to like?


  • Rogerio says:

    Seems more than Latvia can take…

  • Simon says:

    Another boondoggle. I’ve never seen more financial abuse. Would love to see a quality audit of their books.

  • esfir ross says:

    I attend music festivals in Jurmala in 1960-70th, where could hear best USSR orchestras and soloist. But than cost of tickets were about 1 rouble. What cost of tickets for projected festival like? Wonderful coastal resort.

  • Saxon Broken says:

    Eight weeks seems rather ambitious. The Proms, in the “largest and richest” city in Europe, manages only eight weeks. Where do they imagine they will get their customers?