Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

"…The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra is really marvellous! It just needs more opportunities to appear in the world in order to show itself!

Going together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra to the Wiesbaden Festival will be a challenge for both the Orchestra and me because many excellent orchestras of the world, even such as Pittsburgh’s and New York’s have played there. Therefore, appearing at the same concert halls, we are going to risk and take up a struggle with equal partners and we do not expect that the audience, critics, or organizers of the festival will make any concessions to us…" -Mstislav Rostropovich, 2000
"… Mature style and a splendid performance allowed the LNSO to gain favorable recognition of both the audiences and critics, and to form a huge repertoire reflecting the evolution of symphony, cantata and oratorio. From Georg Friedrich Händel’s Concerti grossi to Ligeti’s Cello Concerto, from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passions to Olivier Messiaen’s Transfigurations, from symphonic works by Joseph Haydn to those by Witold Lutosławski — the breadth of their repertoire betrays the efficiency and the role of the Orchestra in the cultural life of Lithuania…" -Finlandia Records, 2003
Founded in 1940 by Lithuanian composer, conductor and pianist Balys Dvarionas, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) remains one of the most experienced and reputable symphony orchestras in Lithuania. Over almost seven decades of its artistic development, the orchestra has played a vital role in the development of national culture and musical life.
A 96-piece orchestra currently consolidates the outstanding forces of Lithuania’s finest musicians led by a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Prof. Juozas Domarkas, who has served as its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor since 1964. Other regular conductors with the LNSO are Robertas Šervenikas and Modestas Pitrėnas.
The bulk of the LNSO’s repertoire consists of classical and romantic masterpieces spiced by the most innovative 20th-century scores and nearly all the symphonic works written by Lithuanian composers.
The LNSO plays around 50 concerts throughout the country a year, most of them in the Main Auditorium of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius. On its international tours each year, the LNSO has repeatedly performed in most of the European countries, Japan and Turkey, and in some of the world’s greatest concert halls and major festivals, including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, London’s Barbican Centre, Tokyo Metropolitan Space, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Stars of Moscow, Russian Winter, Warsaw Autumn, Prague Spring and Ludwigsburg Festival.
The roster of conductors who led the LNSO includes historical figures and international celebrities, such as Balys Dvarionas, Saulius Sondeckis, Jonas Aleksa, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Kurt Masur, Justus Frantz, Cyrill Diederich, Neeme Järvi, Christoph Spering and Richard Hickox. The Orchestra has partnered many great instrumentalists and singers of various generations and nationalities, such as singers Montserrat Caballé, Jessye Norman, Sergei Larin, Violeta Urmana, Virgilijus Noreika, Algirdas Janutas; pianists Emil Gilels, Dmitri Bashkirov, Daniel Pollack, Mūza Rubackytė and Petras Geniušas; violinists Gidon Kremer, Leonid Kogan, Vladimir Spivakov and Vilhelmas Čepinskis; cellist David Geringas, violist Yuri Bashmet and many others

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