Pianist Didzis Kalniņš was born in Jelgava in Latvia and started his musical studies in 1997 at Jānis Norvilis Madonas Music School, followed by Jāzeps Mediņš Rīga Music Secondary School and Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy under the guidance of Professor Juris Kalnciems, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano performance in 2013.
In addition, after completing relevant courses and examinations, he obtained a piano teacher’s qualification.
In 2016, he achieved a first class Master’s Degree in Pianoforte performance at the Conservatorio di Musica di Vicenza “Arrigo Pedrollo” in Italy, under the guidance of pianist and conductor Marco Tezza.
Didzis has over 10 years of experience teaching students of all ages from beginners up to the third level including. He is very comfortable and efficient with all aspects of piano syllabus, including teaching musical concepts as well as performance, technique, reading and listening skills in the context of various musical styles, periods and genres. He prepares students for Royal IrishAcademy and Associated Board exams.
Throughout his teaching career he has been driven to help his students to achieve their very best, to inspire and strengthen confidence and nurture their passion for music.
As a performer, Didzis has played in many master classes, given by renowned musicians across Europe and the USA. He has also successfully participated in several piano competitions and in a myriad of concerts as a soloist, with a symphony orchestra and with other musicians for audiences in Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Brazil.
His prizes include: International Music competition (Genova, Italy), Premio” Milde Molinari” (Vicenza, Italy) and the Premio “Claudio Abbado” (Bologna, Italy) together with soprano Selena Colombera.