Martynas Staškus is the conductor of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, principal conductor and artistic director of the Vilnius Teachers House choir Salutaris and winner of international competitions.
M.Staškus (b. 1969) graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1994 where he studied choir, orchestra and opera conducting (with G.Rinkevičius). The same year he started working as the conductor’s assistant at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, since 1996 he has been the conductor of this theatre, in 1997 – 1998, principal conductor. M.Staškus is the winner of two international conducting competitions: he was awarded the first prizes at the International J. Naujalis Choir Conducting Competition, Vilnius, and in 1991, at the International Choir Conducting Competition in Wrozlaw (Poland).
His repertoire includes over 40 operatic works such as Verdi "Nabucco", "Macbeth", "Aida", "Otello", "La Traviata", "Un Ballo in Maschera", "La Forza del Destino", Puccini "Tosca", "Gianni Schicchi", "Suor Angelica", "Turandot", "Madama Butterfly", Halevy "La Juive", Strauss "Wiener Blut", Mozart "Entführung aus dem Serail", "Don Giovanni", "Le nozze di Figaro", Weber "Der Freischütz", Gounod "Faust", Gaižauskas "Buratino", Britten "Let’s Make an Opera!", Gluck "Orfeo ed Euridice" etc.; ballets Theodarakis "Zorba the Greek", Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker", Bizet–Shchedrin "Carmen", Mendelssohn – Bartholdy "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", Ravel Daphnis et Chloe, Prokofiev "Romeo and Juliet", A. L. Minkus "La Bayadere", H. Lovenskjold "La Sylphide", A. Adam "Giselle", etc.; many works of symphonic, chamber and choral music by Beethoven, Ravel, Mozart, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Haydn, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and others.
In 1993 M. Staškus founded the chamber choir Salutaris. The repertoire of the choir includes opuses by classic Western European composers (S.Bach, W.A.Mozart, G.B.Pergolesi, G.Faure) and Lithuanian composers. With the chamber choir Salutaris M.Staškus has participated and won awards in international competitions for choirs: Guido d’Arezzo (Arezzo, Italy, 1993, 3rd prize); Florilege vocal de Tours (Tours, France, 1994, special prize); Choir competition at the Song Festival of Lithuanians of the World (1994, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2nd prize and special prize); 10th S.Šimkus Choir Competition (1995, Klaipėda, Lithuania, first prize and special prize); International Choir Competition in Miltenberg (1996, Germany, 2nd prize).
M.Staškus has given concerts with such world famous performers as opera singers I. Mukhamedov, Y.Yebra, B. Maisuradze and E. Rubin, V. Urmana, E. Montvidas, pianists K. Broya, A. Paley, violinist G. Kremer. The conductor has prepared concert programmes with Kremerata Baltica, International Nordic-Baltic Youth Chamber Orchestra, Nordrhein-Westfalen youth symphony orchestra, Lithuanian Academy of Music, Vilnius and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestras, Lithuanian State and Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestras.
His stage partnerships include those with renowned stage directors Jonas Jurašas, Gintaras Varnas, Jonas Vaitkus, Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Gunter Kramer, Monika Wiesler, Detlef Soelter, Anthony Minghella, choreographers Vesta Grabštaitė, Anželika Cholina, Andrej Melanjin, Krzysztof Pastor and Boris Eifman emong others.
M.Staškus has participated in international music festivals in Lithuania and abroad, among them: Gaida, Schubert-Haydn, Vilnius, Trakai Festivals and Incontri Corali di Alba-93, XI Passegna Internazionale di Canto Corale (Italy). Together with the Lithuanian Opera and Ballet Theatre, other orchestras and choir M.Staškus toured Holland, Germany, Italy, Estonia, France, Denmark, Taiwan, Switzerland, Turkey, Sweden etc.
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244
Magnificat, BWV 243
Ein deutsches Requiem / German Requiem, op. 45
"The Little Sweep", op.45
Orfeo ed Euridice
"Ignis et fides"
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute
Un Ballo in Maschera
La Forza del Destino
Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106
Leonore, Overture No.3 in C major, op. 72b
Coriolan Overture, op. 62
Egmont Overture, op.84
Symphony No.1 in C major, op. 21
Symphony No.2 in D major, op.36
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Eroica"), op. 55
Symphony No.4 in B flat major, op.60
Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), op.67
Symphony No. 6 in F major ("Pastoral"), op.68
Symphony No.7 in A major, op.92
Symphony No.8 in F major, op. 93
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op.125
Symphonie fantastique for orchestra, H.48 (op. 14)
Carmen Suite for orchestra No.1
Carmen Suite for orchestra No.2
L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra
Academic Festival Overture / Akademische Festouvertüre, op. 80
Tragic Overture, in D minor, op. 81
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68
Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73
Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98
Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, op.34
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Carnival (Karneval), concert overture, B. 169 (op. 92)
Serenade for string orchestra in E major, B. 52 (op. 22)
Symphony No. 8 in G major, B. 163 (op.88)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From the New World", B. 178 (op. 95)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Romeo and Juliet
The Blue Danube
The Sleeping Beauty
"Zorba The Greek"
Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, op. 15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, op.19
Concerto for violin, cello andorchestra in A minor ("Double"), op. 102
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, op. 26
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, op.11
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, op.21
Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (op. 104)
Mindaugas Urbaitis - composer