Seisen High School Choir, Japan © Martins Otto

Winners of the premiere event of RIGA SINGS

Imants Kokars Choral Award goes to Seisen High School Choir from Japan

After the successful World Choir Games 2014 and the European Choir Games 2017 Riga again became centre of the international choir community: RIGA SINGS - International Choir Competition & Imants Kokars Choral Award attracted a total of 31 choirs from 7 nations from May 1-5 to the Latvian capital - a successful prelude to a new event series!

With this five-day musical start into the month of May, choral music fans from all over the world celebrated the beginning of spring in their own special way. At the award ceremony on Sunday evening the results were announced and a total of 33 Golden and 11 Silver Diplomas as well as the Imants Kokars Choral Award were awarded.

Here are the winners of the premiere of Riga Sings:

Category A1 – Mixed Choirs – Difficulty level I
Emīla Dārziņa Jauktais Koris (Latvia)
conducted by Nora Kalniņa

Category A2 – Equal Voices (Male and Female Choirs) – Difficulty level I
Bel Chorus (Norway)
conducted by Dag Erik Enoksen

Category B1 – Mixed Choirs – Difficulty level II
Mixed Choir Burtnieks (Latvia)
conducted by Egils Lipšāns

Category C1 – Chamber Choirs of equal voices
Chamber Choir of MIREA - Russian Technological University
conducted by Ivan Samoilov

Category G1 - Children's Choirs
Boys Choir of the Male Choir Singing Center (Russia)
conducted by Alexej Umnov

Category G2 – Youth Choirs of equal voices
Seisen High School Choir (Japan)
conducted by Mikiko Sato

Category G3 – Youth Choirs of mixed voices
Ak. Khor Muzikalnogo Uchilischa (Russia)
conducted by Elena Kolmakova

Category S – Sacred Choral Music a cappella
Seisen High School Choir (Japan)
conducted by Mikiko Sato

Category F – Folklore
Seisen High School Choir (Japan)
conducted by Mikiko Sato

Seisen High School Choir from Japan was also awarded the first Imants Kokars Choral Award. Congratulations!

A complete result list with all choirs, categories and points can be downloaded here. Follow the official Facebook page of the event for more photos and videos.

The next INTERKULTUR event in 2019 is imminent: ON STAGE in Stockholm welcomes international choirs in the Swedish capital from May 9-12.