Founded in 2011 at the Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Music, the chamber orchestra is the only professional chamber orchestra in Kaunas. It was founded not only to expand the culture of classical music and its contemporary interpretations in the temporary capital but also to represent Lithuania, the city of Kaunas and the university on an international level and to represent them abroad.
The repertoire of the chamber orchestra is characterised by a variety of musical styles and genres. Without underestimating the importance of classical music, the orchestra is always open to unexpected experiments and the combination of incompatible things, and therefore it is always boldly taking on new projects, collaborating with artists of all artistic fields.
The orchestra organises International Chamber Music Festival „Avanti“ which will take place for the 10th time in September-October 2021. This year the festival will kick off with a special opening ceremony, featuring the world-renowned Lithuanian-born cello virtuoso David Garingas.
Participation in festivals
The orchestra has performed numerous solo concerts with music by the most famous composers from Lithuania and around the world, as well as premiere works were written especially for the VMU Chamber Orchestra.
The Orchestra has taken part in opera productions, the video game music project „GameOn Live“, played with many talented young soloists, the most gifted students of the VMU Academy of Music, students of the M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts, young piano leaders of Kaunas region, released a CD „Ekspresija“ of the works of Lithuanian composers and held concerts with famous soloists and ensembles in Lithuania and abroad.
Soloists and collectives
As the orchestra continuously searches for new ideas and possibilities of musical interpretations, the orchestra’s conductors have also changed, including Robertas Bliškevičius, Artistic Director and Conductor from 2011 to 2014, Robertas Bliškevičius, Chief Conductor of the Orchestra from 2015 to early 2019. Ričardas Šumila, Vytautas Lukočius, Karolis Variakojis, Egidijus Miknius, Giedrius Vaznys, Petras Bingelis, Ivan Ostapovych (Ukraine), Vladimir Ponkin (Russia). From autumn 2019, the orchestra’s chief conductor is Vladimir Mikolaj Vopovsky. The conductor of the orchestra is Vytautas Lukočius.
Conductor and head of the orchestra Vytautas Lukočius