The Orchestra RIGA is the official orchestra of the Riga City Council. It was founded in 1972. The orchestra is awarded with the Culture Prize Kilograms kultūras of the Latvian TV for the 40th Anniversary Gala Concert Music for Inspiration on September 6, 2012. Since 2010 the Orchestra RIGA organizes the Spring Festival WINDSTREAM that is received with great enthusiasm by the audiences of Riga. The 1st International Composers’ Competition WINDSTREAM 2014 took place in frames of the Spring Festival WINDSTREAM 2014 – it was an event of the year of Riga as the European Capital of Culture.
New and prospective conductors can be seen at the conductor’s stand of the Orchestra RIGA more and more often – Guntis Kuzma, Kaspars Ādamsons, Jānis Retenais, Andis Klučnieks, Mārcis Miķelsons, Dāvis Jurka. The field of Latvian composers responding to invitations and composing specifically for the Orchestra RIGA is expanding: Rihards Zaļupe – The Palatine Celebration (2014), Linda Leimane – Art Deco (2015), Jachin Pousson – Leaves Upon the Wind (2015), Santa Bušs – Thoughts, My Thoughts (2015), Jēkabs Nīmanis – People of the Future (2015), Platons Buravickis – The Way I Am (2015), Jēkabs Jančevskis – The Sea Flows Quietly… with soprano and kokle solo, for mixed choir and wind orchestra (2016), Selga Mence – In the Winds of the Ages for soprano, mezzosoprano, mixed choir and orchestra (2016), Imants Zemzaris – Arcadia (2016), Andris Sējāns – Caravan (2016).
With the start of the 2015/2016 season, the artistic director of the Orchestra RIGA is Valdis BUTĀNS