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Vykintas Baltakas

OccupationComposer, Conductor

Born: 10.07.1972 in Vilnius / Lithuania

Education: Vilnius Music Academy (1990-93, composition studies with Vytautas Barkauskas), Karlsruhe Music Academy (1993-97, composition studies with Wolfgang Rihm, conducting with Andreas Weiss), International Peter Eötvös Institute (1994-97), Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris (1997), Course at IRCAM in Paris (1999-2000)

Prizes: second Prize at the Youth Conductors’ Competition in Kaunas (1990), awarded a prize for “Pasaka” for piano solo at the Darmstadt Summer Courses (1996), scholarship from the Heinrich Strobel Foundation for Composition in Freiburg (1996), scholarship at the Herrenhaus Edenkoben (1997), scholarship from the Fondation Internationale Nadia et Lili Boulanger for Composition in Paris (2000 and 2002), Composition-Prize for Pasaka of the Concours International de Piano XXème siècle d’Orléans (2002), second Prize at the Bad Homburger Conductors’ Competition (DE) (Germany, 2002), International Composition Prize Claudio Abbado (2003), awarded "Best Lithuanian Music-theater piece in 2004" for Cantio, Ernst von Siemens Grants-in-aid Prize (2007).

Main activitys: Founder and conductor of the vocal ensemble “Penki vejai”, as well as the chamber choir “Aidija” in Vilnius (1990-1993), Assitant at the Oper-school in Karlsruhe (1994-96), Assistant to Peter Eötvös (since 1995), Music Director and Conductor of L‘Ensemble du nouveau Siècle in Strasbourg (1995-97), Professor at the Ferienkurse für neue Musik in Darmstadt (2008)

Main performances: Ferienkurse für neue Musik in Darmstadt (1996 /1998, 2008), Schloß Rheinsberg Opernfestival (1997), Köln Philharmonie, Wien Modern Festival (1998, 2007), Ars Musica Bruxelles (2000, 2006, 2008), Tanglewood Music Festival (2000), Gasteig Hall Munich (2001), Queen Elizabeth Hall London (2003), Maerz Musik Festival Berlin (2003, 2006), Musica Strasbourg (2003, 2006, 2008), Centre Pompidou Paris (2003), Münchener Biennale (2004), Biennale Venice (2004), Musica viva München (2004), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (2005, 2007), Warsaw Autumn Festival (2006), ISCM World Music Festival Stuttgart (2006), Ultraschall Festival Berlin (2006, 2007), "Ultima" Oslo contemporary music festival (2007), Festival "Music in Curren" Tokyo (2008), ISCM World Music Festival Vilnius (2008)

Main pieces: Pasaka for piano (1995-1997), RiRo for soprano and trumpet (1995-1999), Ouroboros (2004) and (co)ro(na) (2005) for ensemble, Poussla for ensemble and orchestra (2002-2004, 2006), Cantio - music theatre (2004), b(ell tree) for string quartet(2007).

Co-operation with the following orchestras and ensembles: Bavarian radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchesters Berlin, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, WDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt ), Ensemble InterContemporian (Paris), Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin (Berliner Philharmoniker), etc.

Editions: Universal Edition Wien, Aust-Musik-Verlag Köln

Vykintas Baltakas