Ekskursiju kuģītis "Hercogs Jēkabs"
Viens no populārākajiem pilsētas tūrisma un atpūtas objektiem ir Ventspils brīvostas ekskursiju kuģītis "Hercogs Jēkabs". No maija līdz oktobrim tas 5–7 reizes dienā atiet no piestātnes Tirgus un Ostas ielu krustojumā. 45 minūšu vai 1 h 05 minūšu brauciena laikā Jums ir iespēja aplūkot Ventas upes grīvu, vecpilsētu un Ventspils brīvostas industriālo teritoriju un jūras vārtus. Uz kuģīša ir 150 vietu.
Kuģīša kursēšanas grafiks augustā
Darba dienās: 10.00, 12.00*, 14.00, 16.00*, 18.00, 19.00
Sestdienās, svētdienās un svētku dienās: 10.00, 11.30*, 13.00, 14.30, 16.00*, 17.30, 19.00
Tommaso Pratola is principal flute of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra since December 2019.
From 2005 to 2013 he attended his Bachelor in the Conservatory A. Casella (L’Aquila) in the class of Paolo Rossi. From September 2014 to June 2016 he attended his Master-Concert at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in the class of Jacques Zoon. From September 2016 to June 2019 he studied at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler (Berlin), with Silvia Careddu and Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin obtaining a Matser-Performance. From 2009 to 2014 he enriched his preparation under the guidance of Rien De Reede. In October 2010 he won the Società Umanitaria scholarship (Milan).
In 2012 and 2017 he was invited in the Rome Chamber Music Festival. In November 2012 he was awarded in the Severino Gazzelloni Prize and in the Same month he won Premio delle Arti, MIUR (Matera). From January to March 2014 he was in the OGI (Italian Youth Orchestra). In June 2014 he received the Alain Marion scholarship as “Best flute player” in the Domaine Forget Masterclass with Emmanuel Pahud. In July 2015 he was finalist at the 15th Gheorghe Dima International Flute Competition, winning the Special prize “Tomasi headjoint”. In 2013, 2014 and 2016 he was a member of the EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra). In 2016 and 2017 he played in the Orchestra of Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari) as first flute. In 2017 he received a scholarship in the Haus Marteau masterclass with Andrea Lieberknecht. In September 2017 he received an honourable mention at the Società Umanitaria International Competition (Milan).
He was selected as Academist in some of the best International Music Festivals as: Bayreuth Young Artist Festival 2015, Pacific Music Festival 2018-19 and Zermatt Music Festivals 2018-2019. He played at the Opera of Florence (Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino) as substitute First flute in February 2020.