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Vykintas Baltakas
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Lithuania
Biography
Dramatic foresight, imagination, and humour are the three qualities that distinguish Vykintas Baltakas, not only as a composer but also as a conductor. ‘One composes through playing, one plays through composing,’ he says.

In recent years, Vykintas Baltakas has conducted a number of renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the WDR Symphony Orchestra, as well as ensembles such as Ensemble Resonanz, the Ensemble Modern, and the Scharoun Ensemble. He has also collaborated with composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Dieter Schnebel. In 2009, he took over the direction of the leading Lithuanian ensemble for new music, GAIDA. In the same year, he founded the Lithuanian Ensemble Network (LEN) for Lithuanian ensembles, soloists, conductors, and composers.

Born in Vilnius in 1972, Vykintas Baltakas made a name for himself in his homeland as a musician and as leader of two vocal ensembles and also as laureate of a composition competition, before studying composition with Wolfgang Rihm and conducting with Andreas Weiss in Karlsruhe from 1993 to 1997. He subsequently studied in Paris at the Conservatoire National Supérieur and took a one-year course at the IRCAM. Over the same period, he travelled to numerous international masterclasses and started to become known as a conductor and composer. He is also a regular guest at festivals throughout Europe.

Baltakas has received composition commissions from, among others, the WDR Symphony Orchestra (Poussla, 2002), the Munich Biennale (Das Lied, 2001, and a chamber opera, Cantio, 2004), the Wiener Festwochen/Klangforum Wien (About to drink dense clouds, 2003), the Ensemble Modern (Lift to Dubai, 2009), and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/musica viva (Scoria, 2010). The Scharoun Ensemble, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, performed the premiere of his Eselsbrücke at the Salzburg Festival in 2013; the work was composed for the Kunstprojekt Salzburg, to complement a light installation by the Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz. At Ars Musica 2014, the Tana String Quartet will premiere a new work, b(ell tree), for string quartet and electronics.

Vykintas Baltakas has received a number of awards for his works, including the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize (2003) and the Siemens Advancement Award (2007). Recordings of his compositions have been made recently by Ensemble Musikfabrik ((co)ro(na), on the Wergo label) and the Ensemble Modern (RiRo for soprano and trumpet).
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Semi-final 2015: Ji Yoon Lee - recital
Monday 11 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Béla Bartók : Rhapsodie n. 1 Moderato | Allegro moderato Karol Szymanowski : Dryads and Pan (Myths op. 30) Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Valse-Scherzo in C major op. 34 Soloist : Ji Yoon Lee Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe
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Semi-final 2015: Brendan Shea - recital
Monday 11 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Leos Janácek : Sonata for violin and piano Con moto | ballada | Allegretto | Finale Antonín Dvorák : Mazurek op. 49 Soloist : Brendan Shea Pianist accompanist : Yerin Kim
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Semi-final 2015: Michiru Matsuyama - recital
Monday 11 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Johannes Brahms : Sonata n. 3 in D minor op. 108 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Allegro alla breve | Adagio | Un poco presto e con sentimento | Presto agitato Soloist : Michiru Matsuyama Pianist accompanist : Takashi Sato
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Semi-final 2015: Ji Won Song - recital
Monday 11 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Ludwig van Beethoven : Sonata n. 7 in C minor op. 30/2 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Allegro con brio | Adagio cantabile | Scherzo: Allegro | Allegro Soloist : Ji Won Song Pianist accompanist : Jonas Vitaud
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Semi-final 2015: Solenne Païdassi - recital
Tuesday 12 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Camille Saint-Saëns : Sonata for violin and piano n. 1 in D minor op. 75 Allegro agitato - Adagio | Allegretto moderato - Allegro molto Soloist : Solenne Païdassi Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe
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Semi-final 2015: Rosanne Philippens - recital
Tuesday 12 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Johannes Brahms : Sonata n. 2 in A major op. 100 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Allegro amabile | Andante tranquillo | Allegretto grazioso Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Soloist : Rosanne Philippens Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe
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Semi-final 2015: Oleksii Semenenko - recital
Tuesday 12 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Nicolò Paganini : I Palpiti op. 13 Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Valse Sentimentale op. 51/6 Franz Waxman : Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen Soloist : Oleksii Semenenko Pianist accompanist : Inna Firsova
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Semi-final 2015: Ji Young Lim - recital
Tuesday 12 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata n. 18 in G major KV 301 (Violin sonatas) Allegro con spirito | Allegro Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Henryk Wieniawski : Fantaisie brillante sur des thèmes de Faust op. 20 Soloist : Ji Young Lim Pianist accompanist : Jonas Vitaud
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Semi-final 2015: Momo Wong - recital
Wednesday 13 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Johannes Brahms : Sonata n. 3 in D minor op. 108 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Allegro alla breve | Adagio | Un poco presto e con sentimento | Presto agitato Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Soloist : Momo Wong Pianist accompanist : Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort
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Semi-final 2015: Stephen Waarts - recital
Wednesday 13 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Johannes Brahms : Scherzo (F.A.E.) in C minor Karol Szymanowski : Dryads and Pan (Myths op. 30) Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Franz Waxman : Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen Soloist : Stephen Waarts Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe
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Semi-final 2015: George Tudorache - recital Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in ...
Wednesday 13 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Francis Poulenc : Sonata for violin and piano Allegro con fuoco | Intermezzo: Très lent et calme | Presto tragico Franz Waxman : Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen Soloist : George Tudorache Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe
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Semi-final 2015: Kristi Gjezi - recital
Wednesday 13 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Ernest Chausson : Poème op. 25 Franz Waxman : Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen Soloist : Kristi Gjezi Pianist accompanist : Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort
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Semi-final 2015: Thomas Reif - recital
Thursday 14 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Lachen verlernt Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Claude Debussy : Sonata in G minor Allegro vivo | Intermède | Finale Soloist : Thomas Reif Pianist accompanist : Daniel Blumenthal
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Semi-final 2015: Suyeon Kang - recital
Thursday 14 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Ernest Bloch : Baal Shem Vidui | Nigun | Simhat Torah Franz Waxman : Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen Soloist : Suyeon Kang Pianist accompanist : Daniel Blumenthal
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Semi-final 2015: William Ching-Yi Wei - recital
Thursday 14 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Leos Janácek : Sonata for violin and piano Con moto | ballada | Allegretto | Finale Franz Waxman : Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen Soloist : William Ching-Yi Wei Pianist accompanist : Takashi Sato
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Semi-final 2015: Tobias Feldmann - recital
Thursday 14 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Claude Debussy : Sonata in G minor Allegro vivo | Intermède | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Franz Waxman : Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen Soloist : Tobias Feldmann Pianist accompanist : Daniel Blumenthal
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Semi-final 2015: Bomsori Kim - recital
Friday 15 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Paul Hindemith : Violin sonata in E flat major op. 11/1 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Franz Waxman : Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen Soloist : Bomsori Kim Pianist accompanist : Daniel Blumenthal
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Semi-final 2015: Vladyslava Luchenko - recital
Friday 15 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Ernest Chausson : Poème op. 25 Henryk Wieniawski : Polonaise n. 1 in D major op. 4 Soloist : Vladyslava Luchenko Pianist accompanist : Christia Hudziy
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Semi-final 2015: Fumika Mohri - recital
Friday 15 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Sergey Prokofiev : Violin sonata n. 2 in D major op. 94bis (Sonatas for violin and piano) Moderato | Scherzo: Presto | Andante | Allegro con brio Soloist : Fumika Mohri Pianist accompanist : Takashi Sato
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Semi-final 2015: Kenneth Renshaw - recital
Friday 15 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Claude Debussy : Sonata in G minor Allegro vivo | Intermède | Finale Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Maurice Ravel : Tzigane Soloist : Kenneth Renshaw Pianist accompanist : Jonas Vitaud
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Semi-final 2015: William Hagen - recital
Saturday 16 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Claude Debussy : Sonata in G minor Allegro vivo | Intermède | Finale Camille Saint-Saëns : Introduction et rondo capriccioso in A minor op. 28 Soloist : William Hagen Pianist accompanist : Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort
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Semi-final 2015: Elly Suh - recital
Saturday 16 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Maurice Ravel : Sonata in G major Allegretto | Blues | Perpetuum mobile Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Henryk Wieniawski : Polonaise n. 1 in D major op. 4 Soloist : Elly Suh Pianist accompanist : Takashi Sato
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Semi-final 2015: Xiao Wang - recital
Saturday 16 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Robert Schumann : Sonata n. 1 in A minor op. 105 (Sonatas for violin and piano) Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck | Allegretto | Lebhaft Béla Bartók : Rhapsodie n. 1 Moderato | Allegro moderato Soloist : Xiao Wang Pianist accompanist : Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort
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Semi-final 2015: Yoon Yang - recital
Saturday 16 May 2015 Flagey/Studio 4 Anton von Webern : 4 Stücke op. 7 Sehr Langsam | Rasch | Sehr Langsam | Bewegt Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E minor op. 27/4 Allemande | Sarabande | Finale Vykintas Baltakas : Recitativo Ernest Chausson : Poème op. 25 Soloist : Yoon Yang Pianist accompanist : Jonas Vitaud
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Audio
Semi-final 2015: Brendan Shea - recital
Semi-final 2015: Ji Yoon Lee - recital
Semi-final 2015: Michiru Matsuyama - recital
Semi-final 2015: Ji Won Song - recital
Semi-final 2015: Ji Young Lim - recital
Semi-final 2015: Oleksii Semenenko - recital
Semi-final 2015: Rosanne Philippens - recital
Semi-final 2015: Solenne Païdassi - recital
Semi-final 2015: Stephen Waarts - recital
Semi-final 2015: Momo Wong - recital
Semi-final 2015: George Tudorache - recital
Semi-final 2015: Kristi Gjezi - recital
Semi-final 2015: Suyeon Kang - recital
Semi-final 2015: Thomas Reif - recital
Semi-final 2015: Tobias Feldmann - recital
Semi-final 2015: William Ching-Yi Wei - recital
Semi-final 2015: Fumika Mohri - recital
Semi-final 2015: Kenneth Renshaw - recital
Semi-final 2015: Bomsori Kim - recital
Semi-final 2015: Vladyslava Luchenko - recital
Semi-final 2015: William Hagen - recital
Semi-final 2015: Elly Suh - recital
Semi-final 2015: Xiao Wang - recital
Semi-final 2015: Yoon Yang - recital
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