Conductor Gints Glinka

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Latvian conductor Gints Glinka has gained his recognition as temperamental, charismatic and passionate conductor with refined sense of music. Critics of St. Petersburg Music archives wrote, “Soon will be possible to say - this is a conductor given by the mercy of God”.

Born in Smiltene (Latvia), Glinka studied piano, violin and choir conducting at the Music School of E. Darzins, followed by choir and orchestra conducting at the Music Academy of J. Vitols in Riga.

Later Glinka continued studying orchestra conducting at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. At the same time he gained experience at the Royal Theatre and took part in master classes given by H. Rilling, K. Sanderling and P. Boulez. In 2000 Gints Glinka was assistant with the Guildhall Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducting Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps.

In 2001 Gints Glinka was granted a début year at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and a début concert with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra. In the same year he conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni in a co-production of the Royal Theatre and the Opera Academy in Copenhagen.

Also in 2001 Glinka was  awarded the Classical Conductor's Prize by the Danish Conductor’s Association and was invited to join the association. In 2003 he was given a grant by the Danish National Bank and the Danish Conductors’ Association for studies with Maestro Zubin Mehta at the Bayerishe Staatsoper.

Since then Gints Glinka has conducted orchestras, such as the Kremerata Baltica, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Academic Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic chamber orchestra, the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Porto, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Opera etc., and also has made recordings with the Danish Radio Concert Orchestra. Gints Glinka has performed together  with soloists, such as Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis, Michala Petri, David Geringas etc.

In 2006  Gints Glinka was appointed artistic director and chief conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.

Gints Glinka is a laureate of the Great Music Award 2006 for outstanding interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony Nr. 9. The Great Music Award (GMA) is the highest prize given by the Latvian State in the field of music.

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