Baltic Young Musicians in an International Context

Thematic cluster:
Central Baltic Programme
3. Attractive and dynamic societies
Direction of support:
Increasing cultural exchange
May 2011 - Dec 2013 (2 years, 8 months)
Total funding:
468 817 €
ERDF funding:
362 353 €
EUSBSR Priority area
Developing and promoting the common culture and cultural identity
Developing innovative education and youth

Development idea

Success in international competitions is a possibility for young musicians to become recognised by concert organisers, agents and other professional musicians. This helps them to develop their careers in an international direction. Unfortunately, young musicians from Latvia and Sweden struggle to become prize winners in international music competitions, partly due to the fact that the current musical education in the region does not sufficiently focus on stage performances and competitions.

Aim of the project

This project helped young instrumental musicians aged 8-18 to succeed at the highest international performance level in classical music by giving them the necessary confidence and focus needed to strengthen their experience and refine their artistry.

Main project activities

The project offered a specific training programme with increased concert activities and master classes with teachers from all over the world who have achieved international success with their particular instrument. The project gave young musicians the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what is involved on the international arena, how the industry works, and what agents, organisers and managers expect. At the same time, the musical life in the region also gained substantial benefit, as increased musical activity took place and a higher musical standard was achieved.


The Municipality of Katrineholm

ERDF funding:
216 772 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
72 584 €

The Emils Darzins Music School

ERDF funding:
145 581 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
33 880 €


Musical master classes

Master classes with young musicians from Latvia and Sweden enabled them to work intimately with world-class performers.

During the master classes each student had many inspiring lessons given by renowned musicians such as Swedish pianist Hans Pålsson. They all sat and listened to each other play and at the end of each day they could share their experiences with each other. It was for many students a new and inspiring experience. This tuition helped them find their own musical personality and unique sound.