Vykintas Baltakas

Place of birth: 
Vilnius, Lithuania
Nationality: 
Lithuanian
Instrument: 
composer

Born in Vilnius in 1972, Vykintas Baltakas already caught his native country’s attention as a musician and leader of two vocal ensembles, as well as a competition award winner, before studying composition with Wolfgang Rihm and conducting with Andreas Weiss in Karlsruhe from 1993 to 1997. He subsequently studied in Paris at the Conservatoire National Sup.rieur and took a one year course at IRCAM. At the same time, he travelled to numerous international master classes and started to make a name for himself as a conductor and composer. In the meantime, he is a regular guest at festivals and with ensembles throughout Europe. Institutions that have commissioned works by Baltakas include the WDR Symphony Orchestra (Poussla, 2002), the Munich Biennale (anderes Lied; Double, 2001; Cantio, 2004), the Wiener Festwochen/ Klangforum Wien (about to drink dense clouds, 2003), North German Broadcasting Hamburg ((co)ro(na), 2005), the Ensemble Modern (Lift to Dubai, 2009) and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/musica viva (Scoria, 2010). Vykintas Baltakas’ works have been awarded with prizes such as the International Claudio Abbado Composition Prize in 2003 and the Siemens Advancement Award in 2007. CD recordings of his compositions have been recently made by the Ensemble musikFabrik Cologne ((co)ro(na), produced by Wergo) and the Ensemble Modern (RiRo for soprano and trumpet). Vykintas Baltakas has in recent years conducted renowned orchestras such as the RSO and DSO Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra as well as ensembles including Ensemble Resonanz, the Ensemble Modern and Scharoun Ensemble. He has also collaborated with composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Georg Friedrich Haas and Dieter Schnebel. In 2009 he founded the Lithuanian Ensemble Network LEN. From September 2015 Vykintas Baltakas is teaching composition at the conservatory in Maastricht and is guest Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. From 2016 he will lead the master program for performance of contemporary music at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.