At the crossroads of cultures

Among exotic encounters of the season 2017/18 was Gints Glinka's performance with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, whose future concert hall and permanent home still awaits its completion (see the picture above). Considered among the world's oldest, the Presidential Orchestra was joined by a cello soloist Knut Weber - the chairman of the Berliner Philharmoniker. What a wonderful fusion of cultures! Next season they will meet again to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Baltics.

Pēteris Vasks - 70

To celebrate the 70th jubilee of the distinguished Latvian composer, the conductor and composer's companion Gints Glinka has initiated a concert cycle featuring various orchestras and musicians performing music of Pēteris Vasks. The concert cycle will commence on November 2015 with an interpretation of the widely renowned Vasks' Violin concerto "Distant light", performed by the promising Latvian violinist Kristīne Balanas and the Oltenia State Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert takes place in the series - festival "Season Europe" dedicated to the European Union member states. More info:


Bravo Szczecin!

In the opening of season 2015/2016 conductor Gints Glinka made his debut at the recently unveiled Szczecin Philharmonic Hall in Poland. Since the day of the opening in 2014, it has become an acclaimed architectural masterpiece among the music and architecture professionals. The extravagant building project was executed by the Spanish studio Barozzi/Veiga, instantly being awarded the most prestigious accolade in the European Union - the "Mies van der Rohe Award 2015". No doubt, the Szczecin Philharmonic has marked its spot on the European music scene.


GLINKA signs with ASPEN Incorporated

Latvian conductor Gints Glinka has signed with Aspen Incorporated artist management for exclusive representation in Asia. The Tokyo-based company, Aspen Incorporated, is one of the leading classical music managements in the region of Asia, representing world renowned artists and music groups, such as Leonard Slatkin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Emmanuel Pahud, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hilliard Ensemble, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Berliner Philharmoniker. For further inquiries, please contact


ITURBI PRIZE piano competition

European based Japanese pianist, Tomoaki Yoshida has triumphed at the prestigious XVIII Valencia International Piano Competition "ITURBI PRIZE", so named in honor of the legendary Valencian pianist, Jose Iturbi. The competition took place from 16th to 28th September 2013 at the internationally renowned concert hall Palau de la Musica Valencia in Spain.

31 selected candidates from 12 different countries were competing in five rounds. The Final round was joined by the Orquesta de Valencia and conductor Gints Glinka who earned a special recognition for his support in accompanying six finalists. The competition is organized by the City of Valencia and is held every three years. Info:


À Volta do Barroco

As part of the annual festival À Volta do Barroco, conductor Glinka lead two concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of Porto taking place in November 2012 at the Casa da Musica. In two concerts Glinka performed works that reveal the influence of Baroque music on the modern times. Part of the program were large-scale orchestral transcriptions of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues by Schönberg and Respighi, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Thema and Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite. For detailed information, please visit


2011 - the Year of Scriabin

Celebrating the 140th anniversary of the Russian composer and pianist Alexander Scriabin’s birth, conductor Gints Glinka interpreted Scriabin's rarely performed Symphony No.2. On February 4 Glinka conducted the Belarusian National Symphony Orchestra in Minsk, but it the end of March the conductor gave another performance of the symphony leading the Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra in Lisbon. No doubt, the symphony has become among conducting highlights of Glinka's repertoire.


An exotic debut

In the beginning of May 2010 Latvian conductor Gints Glinka made his debut with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conducting two concerts at the opening of the Winter concert season in Cape Town. In two programs Glinka conducted works by Berlioz/Lalo/ Beethoven Symphony No. 7 and Beethoven Violin concerto/Scriabin Symphony No. 2, the solo part was performed by the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Roman Simovič. The two artists received a very warm reception and standing ovations from the Cape Town’s audience.