LMTA Symphony Orchestra
Artistic director and conductor:
Assoc. Prof. Martynas Staškus
The LMTA Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1953 and is the second-oldest surviving Lithuanian symphonic ensemble. Prof. Abelis Klenickis, Prof. Jurgis Fledžinskas, Prof. Juozas Domarkas, Prof. Gintaras Rinkevičius, Assoc. Prof. Laurynas Vakaris Lopas and Assoc. Prof. Robert Šervenikas have been the conductors and educators of this youth orchestra at different periods of its activity. Since 2013, it has been led by conductor Assoc. Prof. Martynas Staškus.
Each year, two orchestra sessions — autumn and spring — are held at the Academy. During the sessions, the students of the Department of String Instruments and the Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments belonging to the orchestra prepare new programmes, and in this manner develop their ensemble skills. The orchestra is conducted not only by its artistic director, Assoc. Prof. Martynas Staškus; other LMTA conductors and guest conductors also work with the ensemble. The LMTA Symphony Orchestra has been a school for many performers of Lithuania’s professional orchestras.
The LMTA Symphony Orchestra tours in Lithuania and abroad. Alongside a classical repertoire, it performs premieres of musical works (e.g., the premiere of Anatolijus Šenderovas’ Concerto in Do performed at the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin in 2002 with cellist David Geringas) and participates in youth orchestra festivals and international projects (e.g., the Baltic Academies Orchestra Project, 2018).