“…The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra is really marvellous! It just needs more opportunities to appear in the world in order to show itself!”
Mstislav Rostropovich, 2000
Founded in 1940 by Lithuanian composer, conductor and pianist Balys Dvarionas. Over almost seven decades of its artistic development, the orchestra has played a vital role in the development of national culture and musical life.
“… Mature style and a splendid performance allowed the LNSO to gain favourable recognition of both the audiences and critics, and to form a huge repertoire reflecting the evolution of symphony, cantata and oratorio.”
Finlandia Records, 2003
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 Pitrènas.
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.
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