Friday January 17th, 2020

Apply now! ECMAster admission to the LMTA in Vilnius

Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre invites young chamber ensembles to study the joint programme European Chamber Music Master – ECMAster. As an EMCAster student, you receive advanced training in chamber music performance, study with inspiring professors at leading institutions in different European countries, and refine your musical presentation, communication and technical skills as an ensemble musician.

Application is open, entrance exams in Vilnius – on March 16th of 2020. More information you can find HERE

Application deadline – February 15thAPPLICATION FORM

Who is eligible? 
The programme is open to established ensembles with a standard instrument combination (with a minimum of three ensemble members): 
– String quartets 
– Piano trios 
– String trios 
– Piano quartets 
– Wind quintets 
Brass quintets 
– Saxophone quartets 
– Other ensembles (see the General programme description for more information)

Eligibility requirements
– Member of an established ensemble 
– All Ensemble Members must apply at the same institution

Joint admission criteria 
All applicants must possess the skills and experience listed below at a level sufficient for them to meet the requirements of this programme of study both individually and as an ensemble.

Applicants must
– demonstrate advanced instrumental and musical abilities 
– possess the relevant skills and experience in chamber music 
– and prove their ability to independently make and reflect upon their own artistic decisions.

Application procedure 
Submit application to the chosen institution containing a CV, a description of the ensemble’s activities and a master project proposal. Please observe carefully possible additional requirements by the institution!

– A prepared ensemble program of 60 minutes of at least three contrasting works or movements in different styles relevant for the ensemble type 
– An interview 

Chair of Admission Jury – professor Patrik Jüdt, Bern University of Arts, Switzerland.

Contact persons ECMAster in Vilnius
– Indrė Baikštytė,, +370 651 29059 
– Rima Rimšaitė,, +370 699 54765 

2020 01 17 

Tuesday December 17th, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the National Culture and Art Prize!

Lithuania’s Ministry of Culture on Monday, 2019 December 16, announced the winners of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts. 

They include film director professor of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) Algimantas Puipa, LMTA assoc. professor actor Viktorija Kuodytė, LMTA graduates – opera singer Asmik Grigorian, composer Zita Bružaitė, the authors of the Lithuanian pavilion at the Venice Biennale – theatre director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, dramatist Vaiva Grainytė and composer Lina Lapelytė.  

The awards honor significant culture and achievements by Lithuanian creators and those representing the Lithuanian World Community over the past seven years, as well as works of art, crated over the course of life. The financial award amounts to 800 basic social payments, or 30,400 euros. The awards will be bestowed on the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania.

After BNS
2019 12 17 


Tuesday November 19th, 2019

LMTA Symphony Orchestra will give a concert in Riga

On November 22nd, The LMTA Symphony orchestra, headed by the well-known Lithuanian conductor Martynas Staškus, will give a concert at the Latvian Music Academy in Riga. LMTA Orchestra will perform a solid program at the Grand Hall of the Academy. Programme will be centered on the emblematic works of the Lithuanian music classics, composer Eduardas Balsys (1919–1984).

The Orchestra will also perform 7th Symphony by Jean Sibelius and „Retro Concerto“ for piano and string orchestra by contemporary Lithuanian composer Zita Bružaitė. Soloists of the event – talented violinists Klementina Venciūtė, Agnė Pilkauskaitė, Marija Pranskutė and cellist Davidas Dumčius, students of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, as well as young pianist from Costa Rica – David Francisco Salinas Andrade.

The LMTA Symphony orchestra will also give concerts at the Molėtai Culture Center (Inturkės 4, Molėtai) on November 21st and at the LAMT Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) on November 23rd.

The LMTA Symphony orchestra is an ever-young collective where students of the Academy play. The orchestra exists since 1953, its first leader and conductor was Prof. Jurgis Fledžinskas. In different periods of the life of the orchestra such internationally acclaimed figures as Prof. Juozas Domarkas, Prof. Gintaras Rinkevičius, Assoc. Prof. Robertas Šervenikas were artistic directors and principal conductors of this LMTA collective. Since 2012, the orchestra has been directed by conductor Martynas Staškus.

According to Martynas Staškus: „To direct an ever-changing and renewing collective is a great challenge. The LMTA symphony orchestra is a never-ending process whose main aim is to train professional orchestra musicians who are not afraid of artistic challenges by preparing interesting and attractive programmes“.

Artistic biography of the LMTA Symphony Orchestra is also decorated with collaborations with such masters of 20th century as Saulius Sondeckis, Jonas Aleksa, Prof. Joseph Wallnig (Austria), Olga Geczy and René Müller (Switzerland), Georg Mais (Germany), cellist and conductor Davidas Geringas, maestros Modestas Barkauskas, Modestas Pitrėnas and many others.

The orchestra has toured in Austria, Denmark, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and Germany. LMTA collective has also participated in various international festivals, such as Usedomer Musikfest, „Young Euro Classic“, where in 2002 in Berlin together with maestro Davidas Geringas premiered „Concerto in Do“ by Anatolijus Šenderovas. Musicians of the orchestra are also active participans of the Baltic Youth Symphony Orchestra, joint orchestra of Baltic and Nordic countries, Orchestra of the Stuttgart International Bach Academy, and many other international collectives.

On November 22nd LMTA Symphony Orchestra will perform a program featuring the magnificent 7th Symphony in C minor by Jean Sibelius, as well as three large-format works of Lithuanian modern music classic – Eduardas Balsys. 

E. Balsys (1919–1984), whose centenary is mentioned in Lithuania this year, is one of the most prominent Lithuanian composers, who made huge influence on Lithuanian music in the middle and second half of the 19th century, infusing Beethovenian dramatism and post-romantic expression into it. E. Balsys was also the founder of the Lithuanian School of Composition (alongside Julius Juzeliūnas). Almost every work of E. Balsys became an event in Lithuanian musical culture.

The concert of the LMTA Symphony Orhcestra will feature opuses by E. Balsys of three different periods. It is a poem for string orchestra „Reflections of the Sea“ (1981), created at the end of the life; a youthful energy-filled First Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor (1954); and two fragments of one of the most popular Lithuanian ballets „Eglė, the Queen of the Grass-Snakes“ which, according to musicologist Ona Narbutienė, marked the composer‘s path to maturity, and a new language of music.

It is interesting that three different violinists – Klementina Venciūtė, Agnė Pilkauskaitė and Marija Pranskutė – will perform three parts of the Violin Concerto. We will also hear cellist Deividas Dumčius performing the fragments of „Eglė, The Queen of the Grass-Snakes“, arranged by Deividas Geringas for cello and string orchestra. While Zita Bružaitė‘s „Retro Concerto“ for Piano and Strings (2005) will be performed by pianist David Francisco Salinas Andrade from Costa Rica. 

LAMT information
2019 11 18

Monday November 18th, 2019

The 19th International Music Theory Conference: Phenomenon of Orchestra

On 20–22 November 2019, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre will host the 19th International Music Theory Conference “Principles of Music Composing: Orchestra in contemporary contexts”. 

Orchestra is not only one of the key categories of musical practice, but also a broad sociocultural phenomenon. Intellectual shifts in post-modern (aesthetic) medium, technological opportunities, and cultural migration are opening up more and more unexpected conceptual and technical perspectives for orchestra, while also challenging established theoretical tools. The conference “Principles of Music Composing” (XIX) invites researchers and composers to rethink and explore the multifarious factors of orchestra, its role and transformation in contemporary (musical) contexts. Such an object is of particular importance at national level, commemorating the anniversary of one of the most prominent Lithuanian symphonists – Eduardas Balsys.

The subjects of the conference embraces the encounter of innovative solutions and the orchestral tradition, the search for new technological means as well as the maintenance of orchestral cultural values. The aim of the conference is to stimulate intellectual and aesthetic efforts towards an authentic up-to-date relationship with the orchestral tradition. 


The 19th International Music Theory Conference 
Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Eduardas Balsys

2019 November 20–22
Vilnius, Lithuania


November 20

9:30 Registration of participants 
9:45 Opening of the conference

FIRST SESSION: Theoretical Aspects of Orchestra as a Concept
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall; Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Chair: Marius Baranauskas 
10:00 Roger Redgate When is an Orchestra not an Orchestra? 
10:30 Оleksandr Zharkov Timbre Syntax in Composition Techniques of the Twentieth Century: General and Special Sets 
11:00 Marius Salynas New Orchestral Virtual Realities

11:30–12:00 Coffee Break

Chair: Dr. Andrius Maslekovas 
12:00 Dina Lentsner Orchestra as a Marker of Fluid Community in Ēriks Ešenvalds’s Nordic Light Multimedia Symphony 
12:30 Vadym Rakochi “The Orchestra of Soloists”: The Idea of a Concerto in Mahler’s Nachtmusiken 
13:00 Martin Vishnick The London Improvisers Orchestra: A Subjective Review

13:30–15.00 Lunch Break

PRACTICAL SESSION: The LMTA Improvisers Ensemble (LIE)
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Music Innovation Studies Centre (MISC), Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Host: Dr. Martin Vishnick 
15:00 Session I / 16:30–16:45 Break / 16:45 Session II

PRESENTATION OF A NEW CD “Unidentified Cycles of M. K. Čiurlionis”
Jurgis Karnavičius (piano) 
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall, Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


November 21

SECOND SESSION: Technological Solutions of Contemporary Orchestra in Relation to Orchestral Tradition 
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall, Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Chair: Prof. Roger Redgate
10:00 Marcello Messina Disquieting Presences in the Concert Hall: a Tale of Wheelbarrows, Digger Buckets and Other Unusual Objects in Recent Orchestral and Chamber Music from Northern England 
10:30 Manos Panayiotakis Acoustic Instruments as Primitive Sources for Sound Synthesis in the Orchestral Writing of Edgard Varèse—Arcana and Amériques 
11:00 Martyna Krymska Sinfonietta for Two String Orchestras by Kazimierz Serocki in the Context of Orchestration and Selected Analytical Aspects of the Composition 
11:30 Stephan Lewandowski Tightrope Walks and Panorama. Orchestral Techniques in Wilfried Krätzschmar’s 5th Symphony (2018) 

12:00–13:00 Coffee Break

THIRD SESSION: The Oeuvre by Eduardas Balsys: Contexts and (Re)Interpretations (held in Lithuanian)
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall, Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Chair: Dr. Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli 
13:00 Gražina Daunoravičienė Eduardas Balsys’ Dodecaphony and its Contexts / Eduardo Balsio dodekafonija ir jos kontekstai 
13:30 Judita Žukienė Final Chords as a Vivid Reflection of Eduardas Balsys’ Creative Work (Concerto for Solo Violin) Paskutinieji taktai – ryškus E. Balsio kūrybos atspindys (Koncertas smuikui solo)

14:00–14.30 Coffee Break

Chair: Beata Baublinskienė 
14:30 Domantas Milius Eduardas Balsys’ Score for the Feature Film Adomas Wants to be a Man: Types, Functions and Exceptionality of Music / Eduardo Balsio muzika kino filmui „Adomas nori būti žmogumi“: muzikos tipai, funkcijos ir išskirtinumas 
15:00 Audronė Žiūraitytė Multifariousness of Interpretations of Eduardas Balsys’ Ballet Eglė the Queen of Serpents E. Balsio baleto „Eglė žalčių karalienė“ interpretacijų įvairovė 
15:30 Audronė Žigaitytė-Nekrošienė Nuances of the Dramaturgy of Emotional States in Eduardas Balsys’ Journey to Tilsit in the Context of Opera History / Būsenų dramaturgijos atspalviai Eduardo Balsio operoje „Kelionė į Tilžę“ operos istorijos kontekste

CONCERT. PREMIERES-DEDICATIONS. Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Eduardas Balsys 
(Church of St. Casimir/Vilniaus Šv. Kazimiero bažnyčia; Didžioji 34, Vilnius) 
Performers: Karolina Juodelytė (organ), Vera Talerko (soprano), Laurynas Lapė (trumpet), Albinas Gražulis (trombone) 
Compositions by: Rimantas Janeliauskas, Jonas Jurkūnas, Artūras Mikoliūnas, Paulius Prasauskas, Marius Baranauskas


November 22

FOURTH SESSION: The Integrity of Style and Orchestral Techniques
(Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Juozas Karosas Hall, Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

Chair: Dr. Ramūnas Motiekaitis 
10:00 Aleksandra Machura Tam/Tu . Music for Violin, Voices and Instruments – Orchestra in the Eyes of Rafał Augustyn 
10:30 Mantautas Krukauskas Developments in Spatial Music for Orchestra and Big Ensembles 
11:00 Charris Efthimiou On the Instrumentation of Bass and Melody Line in M. K. Čiurlionis’s Miške 
11:30 Alexander Douglas From ‘Orchestra’ to ‘Jazz Orchestra’ and Back: a Brief Phenomenological Account


12:15 Buffet


Rimantas Janeliauskas The Integrity of Style and Orchestral Techniques in the Oeuvre by Eduardas Balsys 
Mārtiņš Viļums Orchestration as Heterophonic Synthesis in Mārtiņš Viļums’ Tvyjoraan for Chamber Orchestra 
Marius Baranauskas Structural Elements of Contemporary Orchestra 

Tuesday November 12th, 2019

VIII International M. K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition

On November 8, 2019, the VIII International M. K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition starts at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. The event to be held until November 17 is one of oldest and most important music performers competitions in Lithuania. 

According to the Rector of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Prof. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas: “International Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition is an important and meaningful event in the developmental processes of Lithuanian culture. Every time this competition becomes the lively international gathering of pianists and organists of younger generation, whereas in front of the audience masters of future are born.”

The VIII International M. K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition brought together 54 participants. There are 31 pianists under the age of 30 from 14 countries (Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Ukraine) and 23 organists under the age of 35 from 13 countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, South Korea, UK, USA).  

Organists rounds take place on November 8–17 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Vilnius, the Church of St. Casimir and St. Francis Church in Klaipėda (1st round, 2nd round, Final, Laureate’s concertAward ceremony). Jury: Andrzej Chorosiński – chairman (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland), Leopoldas Digrys (professor emeritus of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Christophe Mantoux (PSPBB, Conservatoire régional of Paris, France), Renata Marcinkutė-Lesieur (LMTA), Leonidas Melnikas (LMTA, Head of the Department of Organ and Harpsichord), Martin Sander (Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Germany/Switzeralnd), Juan Paradell Solé (titular organist of the Sistine Musical Pontifical Chapel Choir, Italy).
Moments from the organist opening ceremony and drawing of lots.

Pianists rounds take place on November 9–17 in the Great Hall of LMTA and the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society (1st round, 2nd round, Final: Part 1, Part 2, Award ceremony). Jury: Ian Fountain – chairman (Royal Academy of Music in London, UK), Pier Francesco Forlenza (Como Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, Italy), Petras Geniušas (LMTA), Ilja Ivari (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre), Juris Kalnciems (professor emeritus of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music), Jurgis Karnavičius (LMTA, Head of the Piano Department), Roland Krüger (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany).

The first M. K. Čiurlionis Piano Competition held in 1965. In 1968, organists were included in the competition; and in 1991, after Lithuania regained its independence, the path was opened for the first international competition. In 1994 the International M. K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition was accepted as a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva. 

The official website of the M. K. Čiurlionis Competition: Organisers: PI Natų knygynas, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, main supporters – Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. 

The Competition is under Patronage of the President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda. 

Beata Baublinskienė
LMTA info / 
2019 11 07 

Monday October 14th, 2019

Masterclass of the outstanding Lithuanian tenor E. Montvidas

On 14-18 October, 2019, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre hosts the masterclass of the outstanding Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas. 


After graduating Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, Edgaras Montvidas was a member of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Young Artists Programme. Since then he is regularly appearing at the leading opera houses and orchestras both in Europe, US and Japan.

 Opera plans this season and beyond include the title role in Werther for Bergen National Opera; Boris in Katya Kabanova for Hamburg Opera; Pinkerton Madama Butterfly for Opéra Nationale de Lorraine, Nancy as well as debuts at Zurich Opera, La Scala, the Bregenz Festival, Theater an der Wien and his return to the ROH, Covent Garden.

 Current and future concert highlights include Verdi Requiem on tour with the Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner; Berlioz La Damnation de Faust with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; Szymanowski Harnasie with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle; Ravel L’heure espagnole with the London Symphony Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth; Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Les Siècles, and Stravinsky Persephone with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Ades. 

Past opera appearances include the title role in Werther for the Opéra Nationale de Lorraine, Nancy; Anatol in Barber Vanessa at Glyndebourne; Les Contes d’Hoffman in a new production by Barrie Kosky for Komische Oper Berlin; Flamand Capriccio for La Monnaie, Brussels; Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor for Semperoper Dresden and Ruggero La Rondine and Alfredo for Leipzig Opera as well as roles including Lensky Eugene Onegin and Belmonte for Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

He has also sung at English National Opera; Royal Opera Covent Garden; Cincinnati Opera; Santa Fe Opera; Dutch National Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Geneva, Frankfurt, Lyon and Opera Comique Paris.

 Concert highlights have included Fisherman Le Rossignol with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Pierre Boulez; Szymanowski King Roger, Fisherman and Ravel L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Dutoit; Benjamin Godard Dante  and Robert in Lalo La Jacquerie for Radio France; Szymanowski King Roger with Pappano for the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome and Gounod Le Tribut de Zamora with the Munich Radio Orchestra (recorded for CD). Recordings include Helios in Félicien David Herculaneum with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and Hervé Niquet; Marcomir in Saint-Saëns Les Barbares and Godard Dante. 

 Edgaras has been awarded the Lithuanian Order of Merit medal by President Dalia Grybauskaite; the Badge of Honour – ‘Carry You Light and Believe’ by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and in 2009 was awarded the Theatre Award ‘The Gold Cross of the Stage’ in Lithuania for his performances as Werther. 

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Monday October 7th, 2019

“Accademia Baltica” continues the Baltic collaboration

On 13 October 2019, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre will host the concert of chamber orchestra Accademia Baltica under the baton of Modestas Barkauskas (Lithuania). Accademia Baltica will perform Concerto for Two Oboes and String Orchestra (1982) by Pēteris Plakidis, ”Southern Gates” (1994) – Third movement from cycle “Gates of Jerusalem” by Bronius Kutavičius, ”Illusion” (1993) by Erkki-Sven Tüür and Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will take place in the LMTA Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 43, Vilnius).  

All the Baltic countries celebrated their Centenaries in 2018, and both Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre are celebrating their 100th anniversaries in the season of  2019/2020. The common idea was to create lasting values to honour the historic anniversaries. Establishment of the Baltic Student Symphony Orchestra was one of such lasting values. In 2017 and 2018 the Baltic Academies Student Symphony Orchestra performed in all the Baltic states including capitals and regional concert halls, as well as in Gdansk and Berlin, in 2019 Accademia Baltica chamber orchestra returns on the stages of Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn, and for the first time will meet the audience in Helsinki and St. Petersburg reviving historic cultural crossroads of the Baltic musicians. During the tours the orchestra was conducted by Kristjan Järvi (EE), Modestas Barkauskas (LT), Andris Vecumnieks and Guntis Kuzma (LV).

The Baltic countries can be proud of their rich cultural heritage including the Song Festival traditions and outstanding achievements of contemporary musicians on the world stages – to mention only the worldwide famous conductors Mariss Jansons and Andris Nelsons,  Järvi dynasty of conductors – Neeme, Paavo and Kristjan, Modestas Pitrenas, Gintaras Rinkevicius and rising star Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. The strong regional cultural identity was noted many years ago by the Riga-born violinist Gidon Kremer who founded now world famous Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra. Its foundation was a powerful stimulus for improving string instrument performance traditions in the Baltic countries. Now the first Kremeratini are principals of National symphonic orchestras in their countries and teachers at the Baltic Academies of Music, excellent soloists and chamber musicians. It is a result of combination of having good basis in the form of previous education with the impact and tuition by the best musicians in Europe which was ensured by Gidon Kremer and his numerous friends in music.

We believe that young musicians studying at the Academies of Music of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius should develop creative contacts and feeling of belonging to a special cultural area – the Baltic Sea Region. 

At the turning point of the Centenaries of the countries and Academies of Music which is a good time to evaluate past and build up plans for the future we wanted to create an opportunity for the most promising young Baltic musicians who are still at the beginning of their careers to understand the importance of creative togetherness and continuation of this collaboration also in their future professional life.

Performances of Accademia Baltica are a result of collaboration between young musicians and their mentors and stage partners – first of all Modestas Barkauskas, one of the most exciting conductors of the younger generation in the Baltics, and two excellent soloists oboists Robertas Beinaris and Egils Upatnieks.

Concert programmes offer possibility to make acquaintance with sufficiently different contemporary composers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – Erkki Sven Tüür, Pēteris Plakidis, Bronius Kutavičius and Justė Janulytė,  as well as to evaluate the reading of Ludwig van Beethoven`s 7th symphony by the young musicians.

This tour includes 6 concerts of Accademia Baltica – October 12 /Riga/, October 13 /Vilnius/, October 15 /new concert hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre/, October 17 /Helsinki Music Centre/, as well as two concerts in St.Petersburg in frames of the International Conservatory Week Festival: Festival opening concert on October 19 in the world famous St.Petersburg Philharmonic hall and on October 20 – ”Jaani Kirik”, one of the best concert halls in St.Petersburg. 

2019 10 07 

Friday September 6th, 2019


On 12-14 September 2019, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre will host the 3rd International Conference „Music And Sound Design In Film & New Media. Soundscapes and Immersive Sound“.

For the third time, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Vilnius, Lithuania) is organizing international conference on the theme of Music and Sound in Film and New Media. Previous editions included the sub-topics History and Challenges (2015) and When Theory Meets Practice (2017). Now, in 2019, the conference will focus on Soundscapes and Immersive Sound, to create a space for researchers, composers, sound artists and teachers to share knowledge and experience and to gain practical insights into the role and tools of this particular field in the context of Music and Sound in Film and New Media.

The key topics of the conference include, but are not limited to: 

  •  Changes in the role and function of music in film/new media
  • Historical and theoretical aspects of immersive sound and soundscapes
  • Music as soundscape versus soundscape as music 
  • The craft and the business of immersive sound 
  • Case studies of film music and sound design practices 
  • The practice of teaching soundtracks 
  • Future media film sound (crossovers of film, TV and gaming, 360 video/audio, virtual reality, interactivity, personalisation, etc.)

Topics are to be discussed from various perspectives – those of the composer, the director, the sound artist, the industry expert, etc. We expected presentations from Kathryn Kalinak (USA), Clovis Gouaillier (Canada), Henrik Frisk (Sweden), and others, including GEECT/CILECT representatives.

THE FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE consists of a series of keynotes, presentations and masterclasses over the course of 3 days, including individual breakout sessions where delegates will be able to discuss issues with presenters in more depth. We pursue a 20-min presentation + 10-min discussion model for delegates and 40-min presentation + 20-min discussion model for keynote speakers and masterclasses. The language of the conference is English.

The structure of the 2019 event includes an International 360 Sound Workshop for Students (September 9-11, 2019). The conference will start with an afternoon arrival on Wednesday, September 11 and a presentation of the workshop results in the evening. The workshop will be focusing on mixing music and sound for 360-degree (virtual reality) videos and will be conducted in the facilities of the Music Innovation Studies Centre of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Leaders of the workshop are Anders Tveit (Norway) and Mantautas Krukauskas (Lithuania).

The main programme of the symposium will be supported by a rich cultural programme which will include film screenings and concerts of immersive music. 


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2020 January 18, Saturday, 18:00

LMTA Building 1: Juozas Karosas Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


Prof. Ziemowit Wojtczak (baritone, Poland) 

Rector Prof. Cezary Sanecki (piano, Poland) 

Guests from the Academy of Music in Łódź 

Moderator – musicologist Beata Baublinskienė


Wezwanie do Neapolu / Znasz-li ten kraj
text by Adam Mickewicz after Johann Wolfgang Goethe 

Do Niemna / Niemnie, domowa rzeko 
text by Adomas Mickevičius

Piosnka żołnierza / Już matka zasnęła 
text by Józef Korzeniowski

Dwie zorze / Hej, tam na górze
text by Teofil Lenartowicz 

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Rada / W naszych górach dziewcząt moc
text by Ludwig Kondratowicz

Entuzjasta / Możem ja dziwak
text by Jan Prusinowski

Krakowiaczek / Wesół i szczęśliwy
text by Edmund Wasilewski

Sołtys / Zawdy w miejscu żąć i młócić
text by Włodzimierz Wolski

~* * *~

Hymn do Pana Jezusa / Z Ojcem przedwiecznym
text by Ludwig Kondratowicz

Modlitwa / Do Ciebie, Panie
text by Józef Bohdan Zaleski

Korale / Gdym z kozaki szedł na boje
text by Ludwig Kondratowicz

~* * *~ 

Wędrowna ptaszyna / Ptaszku, ptaszku, skąd przylatasz?
text by– Jan Czeczot

Kozak / Tam na górze jawor stoi
text by Jan Czeczot

O, matko moja / O, matko moja
text by Jan Prusinowski

Stary kapral / Naprzód, naprzód, marsz rębacze
text by Pierre-Jean de Béranger, translation to Polish – Ludwig Kondratowicz

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. 



2020 January 21, Tuesday, 16:00

Utena Art School (Maironio 13, Utena)


Performers – laureates of The VII Juozas Naujalis Organ Competition: 

Students of LMTA Organ and Harpsichord Department:
Eglė Rudokaitė (assoc. prof. dr. B. Vaitkaus’ class)
Steponas Peteraitis (assoc. prof. G. Kviklys’ class)

Pupils of The Utena Art School:
Jorūnas Janaudis
Tomas Babelis  
(Z. Lukošiūnienė’ class)

Programme: J. P. Sweelinck, J. S. Bach, O. Messiaen, G. Young, J. Naujalis, R. Mitkus.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. 

2020/01/25 - 2020/01/28


2020 January 25–28, 10:00–17:00 
LMTA Building 2: Rooms 203, 219 (Vilniaus 6-2, Vilnius)


Prof. Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri 

Master class also given by: 
Ramutė Kalnėnaitė (cello)
Vaida Paukštienė (violin) 


January 27, Monday, 18:00
LMTA Building 1: Juozas Karosas Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)

January 28, Tuesday, 18:00
LMTA Building 1: Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.


ICPA participants:
Allan Duarte Manhas
Arvindan Thekkadath  
Manuel Beja Santos
Justine De Wandeler
Kyung–Ah Kim
Margherita Torretta
Corinna Soressi
Aarun Monteiro Kassam
Elodie Vignon

LMTA students and graduates:
Laima Ritikytė  
Barbora Gailiūtė
Marija Šešelgytė (Kunstuniversität Graz)
Daniel Gencevski (Juozas Tallat-Kelpša Conservatory)
Aleksas Filipenkovas (Juozas Tallat-Kelpša Conservatory)

With participation of:
Marius Deksnys (clarinet)
Dalia Šešelgienė (violin)
Martynas Vytas (viola)