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Gintaras Rinkevicius

  • Conductor


Gintaras Rinkevičius (born in 1960) is one of the most outstanding conductors in Lithuania, a National Prize winner and a professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He is the founder of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, its artistic leader and chief conductor. 1996 to 2003 Rinkevičius was the artistic leader and chief conductor of the Latvian National Opera, and between 2007 and 2009 he was the chief guest conductor. Currently Rinkevičius is the chief conductor and artistic leader of the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra.  A winner at three international competitions, he is invited to conduct outstanding orchestras and has had performances with world famous performers at the most prestigious concert halls.

The beginning of Gintaras Rinkevičius’ world recognition was a very successful performance at the H. von Karajan International Competition for Conductors in 1985: he was the first Lithuanian conductor to win the highest recognition and to become a laureate. For his continuous creative work he was awarded the Order of Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, Fourth Class, in 1997. Rinkevičius received the Latvian Grand Music Prize in 1997 and 2000 for his contribution to country’s musical culture. He is also a winner of the Den KGL Norske Fortjenstorden (the Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Norway), the Ordem do Merito Comendador of Portugal, and the Latvian Order of Three Stars. In 1999, he was voted Latvian Conductor of the Year. Rinkevičius’ achievements were crowned by the highest award of the country, the Lithuanian National Prize, which he received 1994. In 2009, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Commandore of the Order for Merits to Lithuania, with which President Valdas Adamkus decorated him on 16 February as part of the celebrations of Independence Day on 16 February. In May 2010, Maestro Rinkevičius received the prize Luminaries 2010 established by the Konstantinas Čiurlionis Foundation.