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Rytis Ambrazevičius

Professor at the LMTA Department of Ethnomusicology, Doctor of Humanities. Subjects: Ethnomusicology, Acoustics, Music Psychology, Statistical Methods in Musicology. Languages: English (C1), Russian (C2).


Rytis Ambrazevičius is a Lithuanian ethnomusicologist. He graduated in 1984 from Vilnius University as physicist and in 2005, he received his PhD from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA). He is Professor at both the LMTA and Kaunas University of Technology. Fluent in English and Russian, Rytis has been teaching in Lithuania and many European countries. His lectures are dedicated to ethnomusicology, acoustics, music psychology, and statistical methods in musicology.

Rytis Ambrazevičius is a member of the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM), the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), the Lithuanian Composers’ Union, and other national and international associations. His research interests include ethnomusicology, music and speech acoustics, and music cognition. A considerable part of his studies focuses on traditional singing – that of Lithuania as well as of other cultures – such as performance, stylistics, perception, transcription, and transmission.

Rytis Ambrazevičius has been an authored and a co-author of more than 80 papers and five monographs, about 200 entries for the Lithuanian Encyclopedia of Music, and over 120 conference papers in Lithuania and abroad (Europe, the USA, Japan, South Korea).

In 2017, Rytis Ambrazevičius was awarded the Lithuanian National Science Prize.

Rytis Ambrazevičius is a dedicated folk- and folk-rock musician: he leads folk ensembles Intakas and Mindrė and is a member of a folk-rock group Atalyja. Since the 1990s, he has been giving workshops on traditional singing at various events in Lithuania and abroad – in the first place, Poland where he is a frequent visiting lecturer at the annual International Summer School of Traditional Music.