Born and raised in Riga, the capital of Latvia - one of the small, but beautiful Baltic States. If you haven't been there yet then it is truly a must see place, if not for the beautiful architecture that has survived through centuries then definitely for the cultural aspects.
I started playing the trumpet when I was about 10 years old and haven't stopped since. It was my first teacher Pēteris Kaldre who taught me the first steps of trumpet. Later I studied with Ēriks Berzinskis and Maija Lāce, as well as Reijer Dorresteijn in Holland and Pasi Pirinen in Finland. Eventually I graduated my first teacher’s Pēteris Kaldre trumpet class in the Latvian Music Academy. After that I had the opportunity to study with Steve Leisring at the University of Kansas were I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts.