Šervenikas, Robertas International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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born in 1966, he graduated from the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art in Vilnius and then studied conducting at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire in Saint Petersburg. Since 1996, he has been a professor at the Conducting Department of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. For several years, he has served as Artistic Director of the International Tytuvėnai Summer Festival and Chaim Frenkel Festival in Šiauliai. Since 1993 he has worked as a conductor of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO). The young conductor’s brilliant international career was launched in 1997, when Mstislav Rostropovich invited him to collaborate on a production of Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet at the Rencontres Musicales d’Évian. Since then, he has been invited as a guest conductor with prestigious orchestras worldwide. He has notably led the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovenian National Opera, Royal Philharmonic in London, as well as various other symphony orchestras throughout Europe, in Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, Israel, and Mexico. Directly before the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, he toured Germany, Sweden, and Mexico. Opera and ballet occupy a major place in Šervenikas’s repertoire. Since 2008, he has conducted repeatedly at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 2008–18, he served as Music Director of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LTNOB), where he was responsible for the programming. In 2020, he made his debut at the Zurich Opera House with a production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet Sleeping Beauty

In Lithuania, Šervenikas has won high esteem for his mature interpretations of the classics, but also for the promotion of contemporary Lithuanian classical music. He regularly participates in the GAIDA Contemporary Music Festival. He conducted the LTNOB in a production of Onutė Narbutaitė’s opera Cornet, as well as the combined forces of the LTNOB and Lithuanian National Philharmonic in acclaimed performances of great forms by Narbutaitė, Algirdas Martinaitis, and Vidmantas Bartulis. 

In 2005 Šervenikas was awarded the highest Lithuanian state decoration for arts and culture, the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts. In 2016 the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture recognised his achievements and contributions to his country’s culture with the state prize Carry Your Light and Believe.