Universal Edition - Vykintas Baltakas – Biography


Vykintas Baltakas


1972 – born on 10 July in Vilnius/Lithuania

1990–1993 – Vilnius Music Academy (composition studies with Vytautas Barkauskas, conducting with Lionginas Abarius);
Founder and conductor of the vocal ensemble “Penki vejai”, as well as the chamber choir “Aidija” in Vilnius

1990 – Second Prize at the Youth Conductors’ Competition in Kaunas

1991 – Third Prize at the Composers’ Competition “Jauna Muzika” in Vilnius

1993 – Prize at the conductors’ course “Extreme” in Mürzzuschlag (Austria)

1993–1997 – University of Music Karlsruhe (composition studies with Wolfgang Rihm, conducting with Andreas Weiss)

1994 – Centre Acanthes in Avignon

1994–1995 – International Bartók Seminar in Szombathely

1994–1996 – Darmstadt Summer Courses;
works in the ComputerStudio at the HfM Karlsruhe (Institute for new Music and Media)

1996 – Kondrashin Masterclass;
Scholarship from the Heinrich Strobel Foundation for Composition in Freiburg;
Awarded a prize for Pasaka for piano solo at the Darmstadt Summer Courses

1994–1997 – Internationales Peter Eötvös Institute

since 1995 – Assistant to Peter Eötvös at the Karlsruhe Music Academy

1995–1997 – Music Director and Conductor of L’Ensemble du Nouveau Siècle Strasbourg

1997–1998 – Music Director at Schloss Rheinsberg (guest performances at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, the Leipzig Opera, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival)

1998 – Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris;
Scholarship at the manor house Edenkoben;
Music Director of a project entitled “Voix[time] with Ensemble Modern and the vocal ensemble Belcanto Frankfurt at the Darmstadt Summer Courses;
Concerts at the Bonn Opera (“Bonn Chance”), Musica Festival Strasbourg and Wien Modern;
Concerts with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra at the Vilnius Philharmonic Hall

1999 – Performances at Landmarks99 in Duisburg

1999–2000 – Course at  IRCAM in Paris

2000 – Performances at ZKM Karlsruhe, Stedelijke Museum Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique in Paris and Ars Musica in Brussels

2001 – Portrait concert at Gasteig Munich (Klangspuren), première of anderes Lied;
double at the Munich Biennale on 28 March

2002 – 13 September: World première of Poussla (first edition) for ensemble and orchestra, commissioned by WDR Köln (WDR SO Köln, c. Sylvain Cambreling)
Composition Award for Pasaka, Concours International de Piano XXème siècle d’Orléans

2003 – International Composition Award Claudio Abbado;
15 June: World première of about to drink dense clouds for voice, chamber ensemble and tape (Klangforum Wien, c. Vykintas Baltakas), commissioned by Vienna Festival and Klangforum Wien;
concerts: Queen Elizabeth Hall / London, MaerzMusik / Berliner Festspiele, Festival Musica/ Strassburg, Centre Pompidou / Paris

2004 – 18 May: World première of the music theatre Cantio (c. Christoph Poppen, Münchener Kammerorchester, Regie: Osvaldas Korsunovas), commissioned by Münchener Biennale;
11 September: World première of Ouroboros for ensemble, commissioned by Klangspuren Schwaz (Gaida Ensemble, c. Vykintas Baltakas)

2005 – 24 February: World première of (co)ro(na) for ensemble in Hamburg
(NDR SO, c. Vykintas Baltakas);
24 April: World première of Ouroboros - Zyklus I for soprano, ensemble and tape, commissioned by Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Klangforum Wien, c. Johannes Kalitzke)

2006 – 25 March: World première of Poussla (second edition) for ensemble and orchestra, commissioned by Berliner Festspiele - MaerzMusik (SWR-SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg, c. Sylvain Cambreling)

2007 – 21 April: World première of the string quartet b(ell tree), commissioned by Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Arditti String Quartet);
3 May: Ernst von Siemens Grants-in-Aid in Munich

2008 – Lecturer for composition at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music
14 February: World première of Instruktionen zur Durchführung einer alten Liebesbeschwörung, die Ihre/Ihren Geliebte(n) auf einmal und für immer an Sie binden wird

2009 – 27 Mai: World première of the ensemble work Lift to Dubai for Ensemble Modern

2009 – founded the Lithuanian Ensemble Network

2010 – 29 May: World première of Eine Josquin-Promenade for live electronics and choir;
24. September: World première of Scoria for orchestra, RSO Munich, c. Lucas Vis, Herkulessaal Munich;
25. October: World première of Redditio for ensemble, c. Vykintas Baltakas; Leuven, Belgium, at the Transit Festival

2011 – 2 June: World première of Commentum for violoncello and piano

2013 – 28 April: World première of Saxordionphonics for saxophone, accordion and chamber orchestra

2013 – 24 August: Eselsbrücke for ensemble is premièred at the Salzburg Festival

2014 – 10 January: World première of Redditio 2 in London

Co-operation with the following orchestras:

Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, etc.

... and ensembles:

Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta, MusikFabrik, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, ICTUS, Arditti Quartet, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, Gaida Ensemble Vilnius, Lithuanian Ensemble Network, Remix Ensemble, Champ d’Action, Het Collectief, etc.

Radio recordings: Deutschlandfunk (Berlin), WDR (Cologne), SWR (Stuttgart), Hessischer Rundfunk (Frankfurt), Lithuanian State Radio (Vilnius)