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Broks, Aivars (1955)

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Aivars Broks
Aivars Broks
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Aivars Broks was born on September 28th, 1955 in Daugavpils to the family of choir conductors Staņislavs Broks and Terēzija Broka. He gained his teaching and accompanist qualifications after studies at the Daugavpils College of Music piano department (1971–1975, Raisa Nahmanoviča) and his studies at the Latvian State Conservatory performance department (1975–1980, Rafi Haradžanjans – piano, Maija Saiva – chamber ensemble, Daina Graubiņa – accompanist class). In 1989 he further developed his skills in monthly courses at the Moscow Gnesin Institute performance department. He studied in the Latvian Academy of Music’s composition department (1992–1994, Juris Karlsons – composition, Ludvigs Kārkliņš – harmony, Georgs Pelēcis – polyphony).

He has worked as an accompanist at the Latvian State Conservatory (1977) and as a teacher at the Jelgava College of Music (1979–1980). He was a musician in the regional defence headquarters’ orchestra (tenor) and pianist (1980–1982), artist at the PPIO Daugava (1993–1994), pianist at the hotels Hotell St. Gotthard in Zurich and Hotell de la Paix in Geneva, Switzerland. Still, his professional work is most closely associated with the Daugavpils College of Music, where he began to work as an accompanist (1974–1975), later as a teacher and accompanist (1980, 1982–1993) and director of the piano department (1984–1992). As of 1995, Aivars Broks is the director of the Daugavpils College of Music.

In 1997, the musician turned to conducting, starting work with the Daugavpils College of Music chamber orchestra, with which he prepared and performed many concert programmes. In February of 1998, the orchestra performed at the Mozart music festival in Riga, and has multiple times participated in the international festival September Chamber Music Days (1999–2002).

In his work as an accompanist, Aivars Broks has worked together with both instrumentalists and vocalists. As of 1997, he has regularly performed with the singer Jeļena Borele, with whom he has given many concerts in Latvia, including the festival September Chamber Music Days in Daugavpils (1998, 2000, 2002). He has played in piano ensembles (trio, quartet, quintet). He has performed as a soloist, performing lounge and jazz music both in concerts and at festivals, including the International Jazz Festival in Daugavpils (1996, 1997), and the VII International New Music Festival Mūzikas forums in Riga (1996).

He is involved in many professional and social organizations: he was the chairman of the Daugavpils College of Music trade-union committee (1988–1991), the Latvian Music Instruction Institutions’ Director Association (LMMIVA) governing board member (1997–1999), as of 1991, he is a member of the Latvian Piano Instructor’s Association, and as of 1999, the deputy chairman of LMMIVA.

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