Conductors / Conductors
Conductor Julius Geniušas graduated from theLithuanianAcademyof Music and Theatre (LMTA), the symphony – opera conducting class of prof. J. Aleksa. Since 1986 he has been working at the Kaunas State Musical Theatre and since 1990 has been the principal conductor with the institution. He taught at theKaunasfaculty of the LMTA and is currently professor at the Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas.
Mr. Geniušas prepared and conducted 100 programmes of symphony, opera and chamber music together with the orchestra of the Kaunas State Musical Theatre, Lithuanian State Orchestra, Lithuanian National Orchestra, Kaunas City Orchestra, symphony orchestras of the LMTA,Saint Petersburg Conservatory,Estonia,Tartu,Liepaja, Russian and ES Youth, chamber orchestra ofLatvia. Concert tours have taken him toEstonia,Latvia,USA,Germany,Russiaand elsewhere. He also conducted concerts of V. Urmana and V. Noreika in Marijampolė andVilnius, also participated in concerts together with pianist P. Geniušas.
He prepared 25 opera and operetta premieres at the Kaunas State Musical Theatre, including W. A. Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, G. Verdi’s La traviata, Rigoletto, Ch. Gounod’s Faust, L. Beethoven’s Fidelio, G. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, A Night in Venine, I. Kalmann’s The Circus Princess, L. Bernstein’s West Side Story, Fr. Lou’s My Fair Lady, J. Cander’s Cabaret, C. Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, etc.
There are over 40 productions in the repertoire of J. Geniušas. He conducted over 2400 performances at the Kaunas State Musical Theatre, LNOBT, VilniusCongressPalacetogether with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. Together with the Lithuanian Opera Company of Chicagohe prepared 4 premieres: K. V. Banaitis’ Jūratė and Kastytis, Fr. Flotow’s Martha, Fr. Lehar’s Die lustige Witwe and Der Graf von Luxemburg.
At the LNOBT he participated in the preparation of G. Verdi’s La traviata, P. Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Fr. Lehar’s Die lustige Witwe and is currently conducting various operettas.
An active, productive and authoritative conductor Robertas Šervenikas is often praised for the intensive and diverse creative activities ranging from the first performances of large-scale symphonic compositions by Lithuanian composers to distinctive and mature interpretations of contemporary and classical repertoire. In 2002 German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel wrote: “The way that Šervenikas purifies the depths of musical patterns, nuances the transitions and electrifies the development up until the one last eruption – all this signifies international level of a very high quality. This quality is also evident when one sees how carefully the orchestra is listening to its conductor, combining passion with professional precision”. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was awarded the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize in 2005. On 1 April 2016 Robertas Šervenikas was bestowed the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture's badge of honor "Carry your Light and Believe". Minister of culture Šarūnas Birutis awarded this highest prize to maestro R. Šervenikas for his valuable input and exceptional merits to the art and culture of Lithuania, for his initiatives that inspire the community, for personal responsibility in establishing the creative and spiritual environment.
After graduating from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in choral and operatic-orchestral conducting, Mr. Šervenikas began working with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) in 1993 and was appointed its Second Conductor in 2000. He led the LNSO in a number of music festivals including Rheingau, Ludwigsburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Forbach (France), A. Benedetti Michelangeli (Italy), Osaka, H. Berlioz, Evian and Vilnius.
He is regularly invited to conduct such orchestras as the Israel "Camerata", Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Slovenian National Opera, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and other ensembles. Since 2008, he has been regularly invited to the podium of the Munich State Opera.
Mr. Šervenikas has conducted in almost all European countries, Japan, the Republic of South Africa, Israel and Russia appearing in such concert venues as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Amsterdam’s "Concertgebouw", Madrid’s "Auditorium de nationale", Frankfurt’s "Alte Oper", London’s Cadogan Hall, Berlin’s "Konzerthaus", Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Tokyo Suntory Hall and Metropolitan Art Space, as well as philharmonic halls in Cologne, Hamburg and Saint Petersburg.
Mr. Šervenikas has collaborated with cellists M. Rostropovich, D. Geringas and M. Maisky, trumpeter M. Andre, pianists D.Matsuev, A. Volodos, M. Pletnev and F. Kempf, violinists S. Chang, M. Fedotov, Ph.Graffin and J. Rachlin, viola players D. Cramer, N. Imai, W. Christ, Y. Bashmet and many other celebrated artists.
In February 2008, Mr. Šervenikas was appointed the Music Director of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT). In this theatre he prepared the premieres of M. Mussorgsky’s opera "Boris Godunov", G. Verdi’s "La Traviata", A.Ponchielli "I Lituani", G. Bizet’s "Carmen", P.Tchaikovsky’s "Eugene Onegin", R.Wagner’s "Lohengrin", A. Šenderovas’ ballet "Desdemona", L.Delibes "Coppelia", "Barbora Radvilaite" and is currently conducting such ballets as "The Sleeping Beauty", "Giselle", "Don Quixote", "Swan Lake", "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Red Giselle".
Martynas Staškus graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in opera and orchestral conducting in 1995. That same year he was engaged at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre as an Assistant Conductor and has been one of the company’s resident conductors since 1996. In 1997–1998 he was Chief Conductor of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Martynas Staškus is the prize-winner of many national and international competitions such like International Choir Conducting Competition in Wrozlaw, Poland (first prize), International Choir Competition in Arezzo, Italy (third prize), International Choir Competition in Tour, France (special prize), International Choir Competition in Miltenberg, Germany (second prize) and International J. Naujalis Choir Conducting Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania (first prize).
His repertoire includes over 40 operatic works such as Verdi "Nabucco", "Macbeth", "Aida", "Otello", "La Traviata", "Un Ballo in Maschera", "La Forza del Destino", Puccini "Tosca", "Gianni Schicchi", "Suor Angelica", "Turandot", "Madama Butterfly", Halevy "La Juive", Strauss "Wiener Blut", Mozart "Entführung aus dem Serail", "Don Giovanni", "Le nozze di Figaro", Weber "Der Freischütz", Gounod "Faust", Gaižauskas "Buratino", Britten "Let’s Make an Opera!", Gluck "Orfeo ed Euridice" etc.; ballets Theodarakis "Zorba the Greek", Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker", Bizet–Shchedrin "Carmen", Mendelssohn – Bartholdy "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", Ravel Daphnis et Chloe, Prokofiev "Romeo and Juliet", A. L. Minkus "La Bayadere", H. Lovenskjold "La Sylphide", A. Adam "Giselle", etc.; many works of symphonic, chamber and choral music by Beethoven, Ravel, Mozart, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Haydn, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and others.
Martynas Staškus has been the music director of three world premieres, Mindaugas Urbaitis’ ballet "Acid City" and Bronius Kutavičius’ operas "The Bear" (released on Ondine in 2002 – Audio CD) and "Ignis et Fides".
Martynas Staškus has conducted performances of internationally acclaimed artists Virgilijus Noreika, Irena Milkevičiūtė, Vytautas Juozapaitis, Violeta Urmana, Edgaras Montvidas, Badri Maisuradze, Gidon Kremer, Kshishtof Broya, Alexander Paley and many others.
His stage partnerships include those with renowned stage directors Jonas Jurašas, Gintaras Varnas, Jonas Vaitkus, Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Günter Krämer, Monika Wiesler, Detlef Soelter, Anthony Minghella, choreographers Vesta Grabštaitė, Anželika Cholina, Andrej Melanjin, Krzysztof Pastor and Boris Eifman among others.
Martynas Staškus has conducted in many prominent festivals such like Gaida International Festival of Modern Music, Schubert – Haydn Festival, the Vilnius Festival, Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland, the Trakai Festival, to name a few. His concert credits include programmes with the Lithuanian Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Vilnius Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, International Nordic/Baltic Youth Chamber Orchestra, Jugendsimfonieorchester Nordrhein – Westfalen, Kremerata Baltica, Ankara Opera Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Music Academy Opera Orchestra and other ensembles.
Guest performances have taken him to Holland, Germany, Italy, Estonia, France, Denmark, Taiwan, Switzerland, Turkey, Sweden, Poland and elsewhere.
More information: www.staskus.lt