Latvian composer, conductor and music critic. Dārziņš' work bears a distinct romantic character, with a strong trend towards national themes. His main musical authorities and influences were Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Jean Sibelius. He composed one opera(unfinished) and vocal music (choral and art songs). He studied at the Moscow Conservatories and St. Petersburg Conservatory, he returned to Riga where he started to worked as a music critic, teacher, choir conductor and pianist. The Emils Darzins Music School is name after him.