Conductors / Conductors
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.
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
Alvydas Šulčys studied choir conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music (graduating in 1967) and opera and orchestra conducting at the Yekaterinburg State Conservatory with Prof. M. Paverman. He later held different positions as an Assistant Conductor of the "Trimitas" Wind Orchestra in 1966-9, Professor of conducting and opera at the Sverdlovsk State Conservatory in 1969-72, and conductor of the Khabarovsk Symphony Orchestra, in 1972-4, and the Crimean Symphony Orchestra in Yalta in 1974-84.
Alvydas Šulčys has been conductor of the LNOBT since 1984. His orchestral repertoire includes symphonies by Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergey Prokofiev, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner, Maurice Ravel, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Aleksandr Skriabin, Sergey Rachmaninov, Bela Bartok, Arthur Honegger, and Antanas Račiūnas, as well as Igor Stravinsky's "Petrushka", G. Sviridov's "Pathetic Oratorio", Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem", and many others. His repertoire LNOBT comprises over 10 performances, including "Don Carlos", "La traviata", "Macbeth", "Hänsel und Gretel", "Swan Lake", "Raymonda", "La Sylphide", "The Blue Danube", "Cipollino", and others.