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Vytautas Miškinis

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Miškinis is the Artistic Director of the Ažuoliukas Boys’and Men’s Choir, Professor of Choral Conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and former President of the Lithuanian Choral Union (last 20 years) and renowned composer. He graduated in Choral Conducting from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1976 (conducting class of Prof. H. Perelšteinas). He began his career in Ažuoliukas at the age of seven as a vocalist, and continued as Artistic Director from the age of 25. All the achievements of the choir from 1979 have been due to Mr. Miškinis’ leadership. For several years he conducted the Kaunas State Choir and Vocal Ensemble Museum Musicum. With the choirs he has won prestigious prizes at numerous national and international competitions – in Marktoberdorf, Gorizia, Varna, Maribor, Tampere, Mainhausen, Nantes.Last 20 years Mr. Miškinis was an Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the All-Lithuanian Choir Festivals. Vytautas Miškinis has led choral performances in Europe, Canada, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, USA etc. A number of compositions for choir with Symphonic Orchestras have been conducted by Vytautas Miskinis. He has also lectured and held seminars on Music Education, composing and conducting in Lithuania and abroad – in the Czech Republic, South Korea, Latvia, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Singapore, Italy, Poland, Japan, Singapore, Estonia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK, South Africa, Yakutia, France, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Indonesia etc.

Miškinis worked as a member of numerous adjudicating panels in international Choir and Choral Composition competitions all over the world ( over 200 events ), amongst which one must mention the World Choir Games; Europa Cantat, IFCM, Choralies Festivals; World Symposiums on Choral Music etc.

A considerable amount of works won compositions competitions in Lithuania and abroad.

Every year receives numerous orders for writing works for prestigious foreign choruses, international contests and festivals.

He has participated in numerous national and international choral events as composer and advisor.

He has led workshops and has been a Member of the Jury at International Choir and Choral Composition Competitions worldwide. Vytautas Miškinis has composed about 400 religious motets a cappella, 20 Masses, Magnificat, several Cantatas, Musicals, St. John Passion,  and about 400 secular songs , which are performed by choirs throughout Lithuania and the rest of Europe. Lithuanian and foreign choirs have recorded his compositions on CD. Many compositions for children’s and adult’s choirs are published in Lithuania and a large amount of compositions (approx.200) also in France, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, Latvia, USA, Singapore, Austria and etc.


V. Miškinis has several times been awarded prestigious State and Government Prizes such as Honoured Artist of Lithuania (1986), the Prize for Culture and Art (2009), awarded to the Cross of Officer of the Grand Duke Gediminas‘ Order (2005), Medal of Duke Žygimantas Augustas – for the Merits of the city Vilnius ( 2006), for the merits of Lithuanian music – Radiocentras’ Awards ( 2005), nominated for the name of Lithuanian Bride – LRT Award (2006), awarded by the Ministry of Culture Honour  - Get Your Light and Believe (2014), award of the Lithuanian non-governmental organizations  - For Merits to Vilnius and Nation (2014)..National Prize of Culture and Art (2021).

Ažuoliukas choir has twice been nominated for the Golden Bird nominations: The Star of International Spark (2003) and The Briliant Star of Lithuania (2005). Ažuoliukas nominated for National Value in the Republic’ daily newspaper (2010). 

In 2002 as a composer he was nominated Author of the Year. In 2010 Carus Verlag Publishing House, Germany, recorded the CD “V.Miškinis Portrait“ (Consonare Choir), Hyperion in UK recorded the CD “The Time is Endless” (choir of Royal Holloway University). The works of the Miškinis have been added to more than 100 choirs from all the world on CDs and Youtube.

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