ROBERTAS ŠERVENIKAS – Conductor
ROBERTAS ŠERVENIKAS (b. 1966), the Second Conductor of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO), began working with this Orchestra in 1993. His international career was launched in 1997, when Mstislav Rostropovich invited him as an assistant in the production of Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet at the Evian Festival. Šervenikas has been invited to conduct Israel Camerata, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian National Opera, Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic (Great Britain) among other international orchestras. He has led various orchestras in almost all European countries, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Republic of South Africa, Brazil, Israel, Russia and Mexico, collaborated with the world’s renowned soloists.
Opera occupies an important place in Šervenikas’ repertoire. Since 2008, he has enjoyed invitations to conduct at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 2008–2018, he served as the Music Director at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, were he was instrumental in the production of many operas and ballets.
Šervenikas is often praised for the intensive and diverse creative activities ranging from the first performances of large-scale symphonic compositions by Lithuanian composers to distinctive and mature interpretations of contemporary and classical repertoire. Maestro is regularly invited to conduct at the Gaida Contemporary Music Festival. He led the LNOBT Company in the memorable production of O. Narbutaitė’s opera Cornet.
For his intensive creative work Šervenikas was honoured with the highest Lithuanian award – the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize in 2005. In 2016, in recognition of his accomplishments and contribution to Lithuanian culture and art the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania decorated Maestro with insignia “Carry Your Light and Believe”.
After graduating from M.K. Čiurlionis School of Arts, Šervenikas furthered his education at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where he studied choral, opera and orchestral conducting. Since 2009, he has served as an associate professor at the Conducting Department of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Maestro is regularly invited to be a jury member in various competitions.