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Pitrenas, Modestas - Conductor

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Biography

Modestas Pitrėnas is one of the most accomplished and well-known young Lithuanian conductors. Since 2014 he is principal guest conductor of Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and Latvian National Opera where he was chief conductor during 2009-2014.
 
His recent and future engagements include Carmen in St. Gallen, Valentina’s premiere at Latvian National Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, symphony concerts with Lithuanian and Latvian National Symphony orchestras, an Open air concert with St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and Tosca at Finnish National Opera.
 
Among the highlights of his past seasons are appearances with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, featuring world-famous Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana at the Vilnius Festival, Latvian violinist Baiba Skride at the Riga Festival; the Kaunas State Choir and soloists at the official opening of the Lithuania‘s EU presidency in Vilnius; and Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall; as well as a concert to mark the Lithuania‘s EU presidency at the Klara Festival, at BOZAR in Brussels, production of R. Wagner/The Flying Dutchmannin the Theatre St. Gallen.
 
During the past years, Pitrėnas has actively worked in the operatic arts field. He conducts Carmen/Bizet, L’elisir d’amore/Donizetti, Love and Other Demons/Eötvös, Aida/Verdi, Salome/Strauss, Die Walküre, Der fliegende Holländer, Rienzi/Wagner, Werther/Massenet, The Queen of Spades, Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin/Tchaikovsky, Il trittico, Tosca/Puccini, Die Zauberflöte/ Mozart, Il barbiere di Siviglia/Rossini, La Wally/Catalani, also ballets Red Giselle and Zorba the Greek, Let’s dance Bach. He has worked at Bolshoi Opera Theatre, Lithuanian and Latvian National Operas, Polish National Opera, Oper Köln, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Theatre St. Gallen.
 
In recent years, he has presented many critically acclaimed programs with the Lithuanian National Symphony, Latvian National Symphony, Krasnoyarsk State Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestras, conducting works by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Lutosławski, Prokofiev, Schnittke.
 
Conductor is collaborating with many famous soloists including vocalists M. Salminen, J. Ryhänen, A. Antonenko, V. Noreika, E. Silins, A. Anger, V. Urmana, I. Kalna, A. Grigorian, K. Opolais, P. Yende; violinsts T. Grindenko, B. Skride and P. Berman, violoncellists D. Gering and A. Kniazev, pianists M. Rubackytė, A. Lyakhovsky, P. Donohoe and P. Geniušas, oboist F. di Rosa.
 
Pitrėnas has studied at the Mozarteum and has graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music twice – choir (1997) and symphony conducting (under prof. J. Domarkas, 2003). He continued his studies for licentiate in music in 2002-2004 and participated in seminars and master courses held by famous conductors, among them E. P. Salonen, J. Panula, H. Rilling.
 
In recognition of his interpretation of the classical and contemporary Lithuanian music, he was awarded the Lithuanian National Arts  and Culture Prize in 2012.