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December, 20, 2024
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM




International Concert Band


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Karolis Variakojis

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

The Lithuanian Symphonic Wind Orchestra (LSPO) is a versatile collective that performs works of various genres and styles. The orchestra actively performs with renowned soloists and groups: Anders Paulsson, Sergei Nakariakov, Pavel Giunter, Petras Geniušas, Daumantas Kirilauskas, and Vytautas Sondeckis among others. The orchestra participates in various projects, including stage, theatre and modern dance productions. The orchestra pursues new forms and works closely with Lithuanian and foreign composers. It commissions new works, publishes new music, implements educational projects, and delivers workshops. In 2022 LSPO won a gold medal at the WMC Kerkrade international competition in the Netherlands. In 2021, the position of Artistic Director was appointed to Leif Karlsson (Sweden). The Chief Conductor is Karolis Variakojis.

Lithuanian Symphonic Wind Orchestra

Conductor's Bio

Bachelor’s and Master’s studies in conducting (2009-2015) at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre under Professor Juozas Domarkas. Since 2013 – Founder (together with composer Dominykas Digimas) and conductor of the contemporary music ensemble Since 2015 – Conductor of Alytus Youth Symphony Orchestra Svajone. Since 2020 – Chief Conductor of the Lithuanian Symphonic Wind Orchestra. Karolis Variakojis is one of the most prominent conductors of the young Lithuanian generation. He is a guest conductor of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Contemporary Music Festival Gaida.