On 1 March, 2016 the Grand Music Award of Latvia was presented to a number of recipients in different categories, among them to pianist and music professor Ventis Zilberts for lifetime investment in music.
Zilberts is very well-known personality in Latvian music circles and besides being a performer, he is also working as a professor in the Latvian Academy of Music. He is an active musician and promotes Latvian music in Latvia and internationally. Zilberts has performed in many countries – Poland, Bulgaria, Sweden, Germany, France, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Croatia, Uzbekistan, USA and Canada.
Award for promoting Latvian classical music worldwide was presented to composer Dace Aperāne. Other Grand Music Award laureates are pianist Reinis Zariņš, State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga and it's conductor Normunds Šnē, composer Andrejs Selickis, pianist Georgijs Osokins, composer Ēriks Ešenvalds and “Latvijas koncerti” flutist Ilona Meija for her work with “Sinfonietta Rīga” and singer Daumants Kalniņš.
The Grand Music Award is the supreme Latvian state award in music. In 1993, on the initiative of the then Minister of Culture, composer Raimonds Pauls, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia decided to mark each years major achievements in the concert life of our country with a special award.