Edgars SAKSONS is a solo performer, chamber musician, orchestra player, participant in various musical stage productions. Laureate of Latvia’s Grand Music Award 2001. Edgars’ stage partners include Steve Reich, Jonathan Haas, Ludwig Albert, Emmanuel Séjourné, Pavel Giunter, Marta Klimasara, Frédéric Macarez, Henrik Larsen, and other masters of percussion.
Principal percussionist of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (since 1998), Chairman of the Board of the LNSO Foundation. Member of the LNSO since 1996. Latvian National Opera musician from 1992 to 2013.
Lecturer at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music since 1995, current associate professor and head of Department of Wind Brass and Percussions. Teacher at the Jūrmala Music School since 2016.
Edgars Saksons is the artistic director of the International Festival Percussion Ukmergė since 2014. He organises and teaches workshops and seminars in Latvia, Lithuania, France, Belgium, Russia, and Belarus. Creator and teacher of continuing education programme Diverse teaching methods in the professional and vocational secondary education programme Percussions. Participated in the PAS percussion festivals Perkumania in Paris in the 2000s. Frequent jury member in international competitions.
Member of the Vocal Symphonic Music Concert organising team in the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in 2013 and 2018. Edgars frequently organised LNSO’s tours to Europe and Japan. One of the organisers of the European Central Bank Cultural Days in Frankfurt in 2013.
Edgars Saksons studied percussion at Emīls Dārziņš Music School and the JVLMA, receiving his master’s degree in 1995. His teachers include Pēteris Šāvējs and Vigo Račevskis, as well as Nick Woud and Johan Faber in the Netherlands.