Latvian cellist Kristaps Bergs was born into a musical family and showed his passion for music at an early age. 

He made his debut as a soloist in 2005 with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons. In same year he had the truly inspiring opportunity to work with Mstislav Rostropovich. 

Kristaps has studied with Reinhard Latzko and Heinrich Schiff at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and took part in masterclasses with David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Anner Bylsma, Arto Noras and Valter Despalj. 

Kristaps Bergs is a winner of numerous international competitions. He was awarded 1st prizes in the Johannes Brahms competition in 2008, the Carl Davidov competition in 2006 and the August Dombrovsky competition in 2005. His home country rewarded him with several prizes from the Latvian Ministry of Culture for his work in the promotion of Latvian music.

In 2017, Kristaps Bergs was appointed cello principal in Brussels Philharmonic. 

He is invited regularly to work with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has performed in venues including the  Carnegie Hall, W. Disney Hall, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Suntory Hall. 

Thanks to a generous private sponsor, Kristaps has the opportunity to play on an instrument by Lorenzo Ventapane from Naples, dating from 1836.


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If I was not a musician... I would be an actor

Chamber music means… the essence of music

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