JUOZAS DOMARKAS – Honorary Conductor of the LNSO
JUOZAS DOMARKAS, one of the most accomplished Lithuanian conductors and experienced and influential conducting pedagogues, served as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) in 1964–2015. In 2015, for his long-time dedication to the LNSO’s highest professional standard he was endowed with the title of Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra.
Lauded by the critics for his musical intelligence, vivid and emotional manner of performing, Domarkas has been frequently invited to perform with major orchestras of Russia, Poland, Latvia, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Estonia, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and Chile among other countries. Maestro has conducted opera and ballet productions at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT) and the Klaipėda Music Theatre.
His vast repertoire ranges from the masterpieces of classical and romantic era to contemporary music, from large-scale symphonic-oratorio genres to small-scale opuses by composition tyros. Contemporary music makes a substantial and important portion of Domarkas’ repertoire, in which works by Lithuanian composers occupy a special place. Thanks to Maestro Domarkas, these works can be heard today not only in the concert halls, but also on numerous recordings released in Lithuania and abroad (“Melodiya”, “Marco Polo”, “Col legno”, “Ella Records” and “Naxos”).
The recipient of the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize, Domarkas was also awarded the Lithuanian Government Art Prize, the Officer’s Cross and the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, the Chevalier Cross Order of the Republic of Poland, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania’s honorary insignia “Carry Your Light and Believe”, the Order of the Great Cross “For Contributions to Lithuania”, Vilnius Municipality’s Golden Medal “For Contributions to Culture of Vilnius” and the Lithuanian Business Confederation’s Petras Vileišis nomination.
In 1960–1965, Domarkas studied conducting under the legendary professor Ilya Musin at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St Petersburg; in 1963, he honed his skills under the world-famous French conductor and composer Igor Markevitch at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
Since 1968, Domarkas has been teaching at the LAMT. He serves as the professor at the Conducting Department, which he headed in 1995–2015. The long list of Domarkas’ disciples includes Modestas Pitrėnas, Modestas Barkauskas and Dainius Pavilionis, the winners of the prestigious Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors. Domarkas was invited as a juror to the international competitions for conductors, such as Fitelberg and Prokofiev among others.