Ainars Rubikis press reviews
"The young Latvian conductor, Ainars Rubikis, winner of this year's Mahler Competition, lead the concert confidently and with very expressive gestures".
Frankischer Tag, July 2010
Review of Das Lied von der Erde (chamber version) with Bamberg Symphony.
"By awarding Rubikis first prize, the Bamberg jury is sending a strong message to the music world. It was a vote for substance and truth above sensationalism."
The Financial Times.
Shirley Apforth, March 2010
Holding the baton delicately between his thumb and forefinger, it is as if Rubikis is wrapping his arms around the orchestra in a generous, graceful hug, a firm embrace that, sure enough, produces the warm and cultivated sound for which he is well known...The orchestra takes Rubikis to their hearts. "The joy of music is written on his face," says double-bass player Luuk Godwaldt. "He convinces me and makes me want to play.
"He was the most poetical of them all, the most soulful, who created an atmosphere that was very charged without being histrionic," says the visibly moved composer and juror Herbert Blomdstedt.
Kate Connolly, March 2010