Emilija Benjamin House in Jurmala


Latvian conductor Gints Glinka has gained his recognition as temperamental, charismatic and passionate conductor with refined sense of music. Born in Smiltene (Latvia), Gints Glinka studied piano, violin and choir conducting at the Advanced 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 Danish 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 in London, 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 Danish 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 and with Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin.In 2004 Glinka was acclaimed the Revelation of the Season by the Polish music critics.

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 Odense Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber, the Szczecin Philharmonic, the Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra, the Valencia Symphony Orchestra, the Belarusian National Symphony Orchestra, the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Opera, the Opera Nova etc., and has also 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 became the artistic director and chief conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO), but later - principle guest conductor of the LNSO. 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.