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.
“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”. ("Der Tagesspiegel")
Robertas Šervenikas was born in Lithuania in 1966. After graduating from the M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art he earned choral as well as symphonic and opera conducting diplomas from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
His international career commenced in 1997, when Mstislav Rostropovich invited him to serve as an assistant in the production of Prokofiev’s "Romeo and Juliet" at the Evian Festival. Since 1998, they both have shared the stage of the world’s major concert halls. R. Šervenikas has also led various orchestras in almost all European countries, as well as Japan, South African Republic, Brazil, Israel and Russia. Noteworthy are his concert appearances in such halls as the Moscow Conservatory Concert Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Auditorium de nationale in Madrid, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Cadogan Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Festival Hall and Symphony Hall in Osaka, Suntory Hall and Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo, as well as philharmonic halls of Cologne, Hamburg and St. Petersburg.
Maestro has collaborated with cellists Mstislav Rostropovich, David Geringas and Mischa Maisky, trumpeter Maurice André, pianists Denis Matsuev, Arcadi Volodos, Mikhail Pletnev and Freddy Kempf, violinists Sarah Chang, Maxim Fedotov and Julian Rachlin, violists Wolfram Christ and Yuri Bashmet, to name but a few.
Since 2000 R. Šervenikas has been serving as the conductor of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was awarded the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize in 2005. In 2008 R. Šervenikas was appointed the Music Director of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. In this theatre he has prepared many premieres of operas (M. Mussorgsky’s "Boris Godunov", G. Verdi’s "La traviata", G. Bizet’s "Carmen", J. Tamulionis’ "The Tiny Lingonberry", A. Ponchielli’s "The Lithuanians", P. Tchaikovsky’s "Eugene Onegin", R. Wagner’s "Lohengrin", O. Narbutaitė‘s "Cornet", G. Puccini‘s "La boheme") and ballets ("Barbora Radvilaitė", A. Šenderovas‘ "Desdemona", L. Delibes‘ "Coppelia", G. Kuprevičius‘ "Čiurlionis"), and is conducting ballets "The Swan Lake", "Red Giselle", "Giselle", etc.
Also in 2008 the conductor’s collaboration with the Bavarian State Opera was launched, which still continues to this day.
In 2016 the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture decorated R. Šervenikas with the golden Sign of Honour "Carry Your Light and Believe" for his exceptional contribution to the Lithuanian culture and art, his initiatives of inspiring the society for positive conducts, his personal responsibility in creating cultural and spiritual environment.
The conductor’s repertoire encompasses opera, ballet and symphonic music, with a special affinity for contemporary works. R. Šervenikas has premiered many contemporary Lithuanian pieces, recorded several dozens of contemporary music CDs released by Naxos and Finlandia Records among many other labels.
“And that the ensemble are throwing themselves completely into this story, so that everything, as Cranko wanted it, feels sensuous, without artistry, close to life, to a large extent is to thank to Robertas Servenikas. Under the baton of the Lithuanian conductor, who was often praised, Prokofiev can be experienced with his many colours, nuances and stories, even with closed eyes: the courtly splendour, the tension of the family strife, the lyrical gentleness of this young tragic love. And always fine transitions. The state orchestra can also do ballet!” (Malve Gradinger for "Münchner Mercure", 9 November 2016).
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