Artistic Director and Conductor Robertas Beinaris
Algirdas Vizgirda (flute)
The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society’s MUSICA HUMANA Chamber Ensemble was founded in 1974. It was one of the first ensembles in Lithuania to join the revival movement of historical performance in Europe. Education at the Paris National Conservatoire of Prof. Algirdas Vizgirda, a long-time leader of the collective, has served as one of the leading impulses for the Ensemble.
Musica Humana’s repertoire comprises monumental concert series: Early Instrumental and Vocal Music of Europe, Baroque Route, French Music: from Renaissance to Present Day, Antonio Vivaldi, the Venetian Genius, J.S. Bach and Lithuanian Music, Visions of the Artists and Composers, Musica Humana Juventus, as well as concert series celebrating Mozart’s 250th anniversary. For J.S. Bach jubilee year Musica Humana presented a new creative project – as if the musical credo – J.S. Bach and the 20th Century Music, which was presented at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vilnius.
The Ensemble’s repertoire, however, is not limited to early music alone, encompassing also newly written chamber music for the Ensemble by Lithuanian composers. O. Balakauskas’ Suite of Dances and Duetti concertanti, A. Martinaitis’ Cantus ad futurum have become the true hallmarks of the Ensemble. B. Kutavičius’ Kampf der Bäume and A. Martinaitis’ concerto-cantata Musical Offering, commissioned by the Vilnius Festival 2000 to mark J.S. Bach’s year, are considered to be masterpieces of contemporary Lithuanian repertoire.
For some concert programmes the Ensemble invites renowned Lithuanian and foreign soloists, vocal duets Duo barocco and Cantus coronatus, choirs Polifonija, Jauna muzika, Vilnius, Aukuras and Dagilėlis. The Ensemble’s line-up may vary from the core basso continuo ensemble of four players to an orchestra. Musica Humana has been the resident ensemble of the Curonian Spit Summer Festival (since 1999) and the International J.S. Bach Music Festival (since 2007). Musica Humana has committed quite a number of works by Lithuanian composers and the Baroque masterpieces to CDs.
In December 2018, Prof. Robertas Beinaris replaced Prof. Algirdas Vizgirda, a long-time Artistic Director of Musica Humana.
ROBERTAS BEINARIS graduated from J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium in Kaunas (teacher V. Masteika), completed post-graduate studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (associate Prof. R. Staškus); earned the degree of the Licentiate of Arts. In 2002–2003, he honed his skills at the Lyon National Music Conservatoire (Prof. J.L. Capezzali and J. Guichard), took part in master classes led by various renowned oboists. In 2013, Beinaris entered the Doctoral Studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Prof. A. Vizgirda and Prof. A. Žiūraitytė), which he completed obtaining PhD in Music degree in 2014.
The oboist teaches at the Lithuanian academy of Music and Theatre and B. Dvarionas Music School, is a member of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society’s Musica Humana Chamber Ensemble and has served as its Artistic Director since December 2018.
Beinaris organises the Championship of Lithuanian Oboists, the Liutauras Vėbra Competition for Oboe Players, the International Competition of Chamber Orchestras Musical Watercolour, J. Pakalnis International Competition for Young Wind and Percussion Performers, and the International Festival for Oboe Players of which he is and Artistic Director. In 2007, he formed and was an Artistic Director of the Lithuanian Oboe Quartet. In 2008, the aforementioned ensemble won first prize at the 8th International Competition Music Without Borders (in 2010 it grew into a Quintet). In 2009, Beinaris was voted the best soloist at the 1st Lithuanian Championship for Wind Bands. He won 2nd prize at J. Pakalnis International Competition for Young Wind and Percussion Performers and earned a diploma at the International Oboe Competition in Poland. In 2001, he won 1st prize at J. Andrejs Wind Instrument Competition in Riga. For contributions to culture of Anykščiai City he was decorated with a medal; also received Senoji Varėna Insignia.
As a soloist the oboist appeared with Tuscan SO, Innsbruck SO, Lvov Philharmonic SO, the Lithuanian National SO, the Lithuanian State SO, the LAMT SO and the International Youth SO Operetta in Kaunas Castle, the Lithuanian, Klaipėda, St. Christopher, Šiauliai and Kiev Soloists chamber orchestras, Hundisburg SummerMusicAcademy Orchestra, Vilnius University Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica and Camerata Klaipėda. He has collaborated with Čiurlionis Quartet, Kaunas String Quartet as well as Banchetto musicale. As a soloist he took part in various chamber music festivals in Lithuania and abroad. His performances can be heard on more than ten CDs.
Since 2011, Beinaris has served as the head of the Wind and Percussion Department at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, where in 2017 he was honoured with the professorship. In 2014, Buffet Group, manufacturer of wind instruments (France), included him in the list of the most notable oboists. In 2015, the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union awarded Beinaris with the Gold Disc Award.