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Name  Valdemars Ozolins
Died  1973
Role  Composer

Valdemārs Ozoliņš (5 November 1896 Vestiena parish – 15 February 1973, Pueblo, Colorado, USA) was a Latvian composer and conductor.

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Valdemārs Ozoliņš songs have been treasured by choirs ever since his triumphant debut during the VI Latvian Song Festival in Riga, Latvia in 1926. The author of about 500 songs and several cantatas, Valdemārs Ozoliņš was chief conductor at several Latvian Song Festivals.

Biography

Valdemārs Ozoliņš was born November 5, 1896 in Vestiena, in the Governorate of Livonia (present-day Latvia). His parents were farmers. He attended school in Vestiena, enrolled the conservatory of St Petersburg 1914, later in Moscow, and in 1921 the composition and conducting classes of the conservatory in Riga, Latvia, which he graduated in 1931. In Riga he was the substitute of the conductor Teodors Reiters. Valdemārs Ozoliņš song “Papardes zieds” – "The fern flower" (text by K. Krūza) was received very well at the VI Latvian Song Festival in Riga in 1926. He obtained the master's degree in music from the Chicago conservatory, USA. Valdemārs Ozoliņš was honoured by the Latvian Culture fund for his solo and choir songs in 1926.

He died in exile on February 15, 1973 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA. The urns of Valdemārs Ozoliņš and his wife Valija, née Alberts, were buried in Riga, Latvia, on August 20, 1993, next to his teacher, professor Jāzeps Vītols.

Biography

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  • Latvju Enciklopēdija. Stockholm, Sweden: Trīs Zvaigznes, 1952-1953, vol. 2, p. 1818.
  • Latvju Enciklopēdija 1962-1982. Lincoln, Nebraska: ALA Latviešu institūts, 1987, vol. 3, p. 322.
  • Blanka-Alberta, Ē. Kur palicis Ozoliņš? Zviedrijas latviešu pensionāru biedrības biļetens ‘Sveiciens’ 1982, vol. 43, p. 21.
  • Gleške, L. Atceroties mūsu kultūras darbiniekus. Komponista Valdemāra Ozoliņa atdusas vieta Rīgas I Meža kapos. Brooklyn, New York: Laiks, 1995, 27 (4653), 3.
  • Rūķe-Draviņa, V. Dzeja un mūzika. Raiņa un Aspazijas gada grāmata. Stockholm, Sweden: RAF, 1969, pp. 95–100.
  • Slaucītājs, L. Zinātnes darbā – draugos ar mākslu, Lincoln, Nebraska: Vaidava 1969, p. 145.
  • Unāms, Ž. Es viņu pazīstu. Latviešu biogrāfiskā vārdnīca. Riga: Rota, 1938 & Grand Haven, Michigan: 1975, p. 368.
  • References

    Valdemārs Ozoliņš Wikipedia


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