Prof. Viesturs Gailis

Born: March 20. 1955. Riga, Latvia.

 
Experience:
  • Music Director of The New Chamber Orchestra of Riga.
  • 1998 - 2001 Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.
  • 1994 - Present Professor and head of the Opera Department of the Latvian Academy of Music.
  • 1991 - 1994 Artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra of Latvian National Opera.
  • 1984 - 1991 Conductor of the orchestra of the Latvian National Opera.
Education:
  • Vienna School of Music and Fine Arts, Conducting class of Prof. Karl Österreicher.
  • St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Class of Prof. Mariss Jansons. Degree in Opera and symphonic orchestra conducting.
  • Latvian Academy of Music. Degree in choral conducting.
Awards:
  • International Conducting Competition “Music of 20th Century”, Austria – First Prize
  • International Conducting Competition “S. Wagner – Stipendiumstiftung”, Germany – First Prize
  • Conducting Competition of young conductors, Latvia – First Prize
As guest conductor, he has performed with the following orchestras: Philharmonic orchestra of Tampere (Finland), Philharmonic orchestra of Hagen (Germany), orchestra “Pro Arte” (Vienna, Austria), the North Hungary Philharmonic orchestra Miskolo (Hungary), symphony orchestra of Hof (Germany), symphony orchestra of Liepaja (Latvia), chamber orchestra of Mürzzuschlag (Germany), symphony orchestra of Thüring (Germany), state symphony orchestra of Lithuania, festival orchestra of Mozart a.o.