Vykintas Baltakas

Extended Play: Marathon Concert - Program 1

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, NYC

Sunday, October 16 at 12:00pm

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Vykintas Baltakas: "Redditio"


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Vykintas Baltakas was born on 10 July 1972 in Vilnius/Lithuania. The date and place of his birth have played a decisive role in his life: he was born late enough to profit as a young man from the freedom and openness of his native country. If you look at his biography, you will be struck by his restless mobility. Mobile as far as his ceaseless activities are concerned even before leaving Vilnius to continue his studies in the West and mobile also in the sense that he has never stayed for long in whichever city he found a place to live. His restlessness stemmed no doubt from the desire to learn as much as possible, to absorb new impressions, to develop further and to try his hand at various activities (from artistic director to assistant, for instance of his erstwhile teacher of conducting, Péter Eötvös).

As a composer and also as a conductor, he has appeared all over Europe. Here is a list of the major venues: apart from Vilnius, Karlsruhe where he studied composition with Wolfgang Rihm and conducting with Andreas Weiss; Darmstadt where he has been a regular visitor of the Summer Courses, Paris, where he studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur and worked at IRCAM, Munich where his chamber opera was premiered and of course the Belgian town of Wilsele, where he lives with his family.