Robertas Šervenikas

An active, productive and authoritative conductor Robertas 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. He is numbered among the most talented and professional Lithuanian conductors of his generation. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was awarded the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize in 2005. After graduating from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in choral and operatic-orchestral conducting, Šervenikas began working with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) in 1993 and was appointed its Second Conductor in 2000. He led the LNSO in a number of music festivals including Rheingau, Ludwigsburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Forbach (France), A. Benedetti Michelangeli (Italy), Osaka, H. Berlioz, Evian and Vilnius. 2007 found him performing in the UK with the LNSO and in Japan with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. He is regularly invited to conduct such orchestras as the Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic, the Slovenian National Opera, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra , the Israel Camerata and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra . Šervenikas has collaborated with cellists M. Rostropovich, D. Geringas and M. Maisky, trumpeter M. Andre, pianists A. Volodos, M. Pletnev and F. Kempf, violinists S. Chang, M. Fedotov, Ph.Graffin and J. Rachlin, violists D.Cramer, N.Imai, W. Christ and Y. Bashmet among other celebrated soloists. The famed Russian pianist Denis Matsujev has singled out Šervenikas as his best partner among the conductors of his generation. In February 2008, Šervenikas was appointed the Music Director of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT). Since 2008, he has been regularly invited to the podium of the Munich State Opera. Šervenikas has conducted in almost all European countries, Japan, the Republic of South Africa, Israel and Russia appearing in such concert venues as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Madrid's Auditorium de nationale, Frankfurt's Alte Oper, London's Cadogan Hall, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Tokyo Suntory Hall and Metropolitan Art Space, as well as philharmonic halls in Cologne, Hamburg and Sankt Petersburg.