LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
THE LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (LNSO) was established in 1940 by the composer, conductor and pianist Balys Dvarionas. From 1964 to 2015 it was led by Juozas Domarkas, and since the autumn of 2015, the artistic director and chief conductor has been Modestas Pitrėnas. Robertas Šervenikas is the orchestra’ssecond conductor, while Juozas Domarkas remains honorary conductor.
The orchestra presents annually around 50 concerts in the Great Hall of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, and on other stages in Lithuania and abroad. The LNSO has performed in many European countries, Japan, South America and South Korea, and has given concerts in prominent concert venues around the world, such as Musikverein in Vienna, the philharmonic halls of Cologne and Berlin, the Barbican Centre in London, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Berwaldhallen and the Town Hall in Stockholm, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Metropolitan and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Festival Hall in Osaka, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, and the Cultural Centre of Thailand. The LNSO has also performed at various prestigious festivals, such as Schleswig-Holstein, Musica Romantica in Switzerland, the Moscow Stars, the Russian Winter, the Warsaw Autumn, the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, the Prague Spring, and festivals in Stresa, Merano, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, Riga and Gstaad.
The LNSO frequently goes on concert tours, among which the most prominent are the recent appearances in Thailand and India in 2017. In 2018, the orchestra embarked on its Tour of the Centenary, performing in the Great Guild Hall in Riga, concert halls in Poland, the Janacek Festival in the Czech Republic, the Musica Romantica festival in Switzerland, and the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm.
Over the years, the orchestra has been conducted by important historical personalities and world-famous masters of the baton, such as B. Dvarionas, S. Sondeckis, J. Aleksa, V. Fedoseyev, M. Rostropovich, K. Penderecki, K. Masur, J. Frantz, C. Diederich, N. Järvi, C. Spering, R. Hickox, C. Eschenbach, O. Grangean and M. Gražinytė-Tyla. The LNSO has collaborated with many famous performers, musicians and vocalists of all generations and nationalities, including the singers M. Caballé, J. Norman, S. Larin, V. Urmana and V. Noreika, the pianists E. Gilels, D. Bashkirov, D. Pollack, S. Tiempo, F. Kempf, M. Rubackytė and P. Geniušas, the violinists G. Kremer, L. Kogan, V. Spivakov, J. Rachlin, S. Krylov, P. Graffin, A. Steinbacher and V. Čepinskis, the cellists M. Maisky, I. Monighetti, D. Geringas, D. Ishizaka and M. Rostropovich, and the viola player Y. Bashmet.
The basis of the LNSO’s rich repertoire consists of oratorios and symphonies from various epochs, as well as modern contemporary music, led by well-known works by Lithuanian composers, from the symphonic poems by M.K. Čiurlionis to works by B. Dvarionas, E. Balsys, J. Juzeliūnas, A. Rekašius, F. Bajoras, V. Barkauskas, O. Balakauskas, V. Bartulis, O. Narbutaitė, R. Šerkšnytė, A. Malcys, A. Šenderovas and V. Germanavičius, as well as first symphonies by many young composers. Since 1991, the LNSO has participated in the Gaida festival. The orchestra also regularly presents music by Lithuanian composers on Euroradio broadcasts.
Various recordings featuring the LNSO have been released, both in Lithuania and abroad, by labels such as Melodija, Marco Polo, Col legno, Ella Records, Naxos and Avie Records.