Baiba Kurpniece, Latvia
Since 1997, she has been teaching modules in the area of contemporary music at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. From 1998 to 2007, she served as director of the orchestras ‘Rīgas kamermūziķi’, ‘Sinfonietta Rīga’ and also of the project ‘Rīgas Festivāla orķestris’. Since 2008, she has been the artistic producer of the Latvian state concert agency ‘Latvijas Koncerti’ and of the state chamber orchestra ‘Sinfonietta Rīga’. Baiba Kurpniece was also among the founders of the ‘Arēna’ festival for new music in Latvia and is a member of the festival’s artistic board.