What is your ministry?
I am a concert pianist performing in Latvia and wider Europe, as well as the United States and Canada from time to time. My work mainly consists of preparing interpretations of existing music pieces and offering them in concerts. I perform mostly solo, and sometimes as a soloist with orchestras, in chamber ensembles or in multi-media projects with artists of different disciplines (actors, painters, dancers). The way my art currently intersects with my ministry is through the topics I pursue for my recitals and that I present during the spoken introductions I do during my recitals. Today, my calling as an artist seems to be building relationships with other musicians and artists — both Christian and non-Christian, as well as a more direct witness through public interviews on the radio, TV, and printed press, alongside opportunities to speak to my concert audiences through music and words.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I expect to gain a stronger view of the importance of art for human life in general and for the church in particular. I hope to gain some tools for standing strong during our current cultural battles. I would like to learn to better appreciate art and music, since I usually look at it from inside and thus often miss its impact. I expect to hear of many intersections of faith and art, some of which might catalyze my own creativity towards new projects. I hope to be able to get to know the other artists more than superficially, and I truly hope to meet among them at least one practicing professional artist with whom I could create something new together.
What is your leadership role?
I am a concert pianist.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I would like to develop a higher, though biblical, view of the arts than I currently hold. I would like to gain wisdom in dealing with the highly politicized areas of my work as a Christian while remaining in close contact with my unbelieving colleagues and audiences. I would like to be able to see new creative possibilities, to look more widely at the purpose of art and music in this world.