Valentinas Gelgotas (Flute)

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Valentinas Gelgotas was born on 31 July 1953. In 1960−71 he studied flute at Kaunas J. Naujalis Art School (with J. Keblikas); in 1971−76 he studied at the Vilnius Conservatoire (now Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) with Prof. L. Survila; in 1978−81 he studied for practice-based PhD at Moscow Conservatoire (with Prof. Y. Yagudin).

In 1970 he won the 1st prize at the IV National Young Performers Competition. In 1979 he won the All-Union Flute Competition in Minsk. While still a student (from 1975) he joined the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (then it was the LSSR State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra) where he still works today. Since 1980 he has been the leader of the flute group of this orchestra and performing as the flute soloist. As a member of this orchestra he has given concerts in most prestigious venues in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan and all former republics of the USSR. 

Valentintas Gelgotas has been frequently performing as a soloist and with various chamber ensembles. He has performed with pianists Mūza Rubackytė, Povilas Stravinskas, Audronė Kisieliūtė, Andrius Vasiliauskas and Albina Šikšniūtė; with organists Živilė and Virginija Survilaitė, Gediminas Kviklys, Jūratė Landsbergytė and Jūratė Bundzaitė; with guitarists R. Evers (Germany) and A. Pauliukevičius; singers Asta Krikščiūnaitė and Sigutė Trimakaitė; with violinists Ingrida Armonaitė, Rusnė Mataitytė, Darius Dikšaitis and A. Peseckas; with violists Audronė Pšibilskienė, Girdutis Jakaitis, V. Raškevičiūtė and S. Kopelianskij (Israel); with Čiurlionis and Vilnius quartets, with the percussion ensemble Vilniaus mušamieji and the string ensemble of the National Symphony Orchestra.

He has been participating in chamber music projects. From 1975 to 1987 he was a member of the Lithuanian Composers Union Chamber Ensemble where he performed many opuses by contemporary Lithuanian composers and was the first performer of many newly composed opuses. Currently he is a member of the Gaida Ensemble Soloists.

V. Gelgotas is interested in music of all epochs and by composers of various nationalities; as a soloist he has been performing in theme concerts dedicated to work by composers of different periods.

During over 20 years of his creative career Gelgotas has given over 700 concerts organised just by the philharmonic. Around a 100 of these concerts were solo concerts with various orchestras: Lithuanian Chamber (artistic director Saulius Sondeckis), St. Christopher Chamber (artistic director Donatas Katkus), Šiauliai Chamber, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (leader Juozas Domarkas), Kaunas Musical Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia) and others.

As a soloist he has performed in the Great Hall of Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, the Great Column Hall and M. Glinka Small Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic; also in Georgia, Byelorussia, The Ukraine, Latvia, Germany and Poland. He has participated in the following festivals: International Pažaislis Music Festival, international contemporary music festival Iš arti, Biržai Festival, International Drum and Percussion Festival, new music festival Marių klavyrai, International St. Christopher Festival, Dainava Music Festival, international contemporary music festival Gaida, Nakties serenados in Palanga, international Göteborg Art Sounds festival in Sweden, international Pan Music festival in South Korea and international contemporary music festival Melos-Ethos in Bratislava.

The flutist has published a solo record with pianist Mūza Rubackytė, several records with the Composers Union Chamber Ensemble, a CD of Mozart’s music for flute and orchestra (Mozarto muzika fleitai ir orkestrui) with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Saulius Sondeckis (the latter was published by Mazur Media). His performances have been published in CDs: June Music – opuses by Onutė Narbutaitė and Rudens riturnelė (Finlandia Records), opuses by Osvaldas Balakauskas, chamber opuses by Zigmas Virkšas, Asta Krikščiūnaitė and Giunter percussion CD (published by ZET Records).

Over 200 opuses have been recorded for the Lithuanian National Radio archives which are often broadcasted by various foreign radio programmes (BBC-Radio3, Deutschlandfunk, WDR 3, Radio Dresden and others).

Since 1984 Gelgotas has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, associated professor since 1998.
Valentinas Gelgotas has arranged and adapted over ten of various opuses for flute ensembles that are not only included in study programmes but also performed during concerts. In 1998 the Music Society published a collection of plays by M. K. Čiurlionis, Humoresque and Nocturne, arranged by the flutist. In 2006 the Music Information and Publishing Centre published a collection of chamber ensembles for flutes, Flautando, including Improvisation and Scerzo by V. Bagdonas (edited), The Sea by J. Tamulionis (Jūra, arranged), J. Janulytė’s Quartet and E. Sausanavičiūtė’s Ritual (Ritualas, arranged). In 2006 MIC published Kapricio No 1 for Flute and Piano by J. Pakalnis (edited).
In 2001 Gelgotas was a jury member for the IX J. Pakalnis Young Performers Competition;
In 2005 he was a jury member of the III International Young Performers Chamber and Jazz Music Festival-Competition Sąskambiai; In 2006 he was a member of the jury of the National Chamber Ensemble Competition at the M. K. Čiurlionis Art Gymnasium.

In 1987 for his contribution to Lithuanian music Valentinas Gelgotas was awarded the title of honorary artist of Lithuanian SSR; in 2003 the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania awarded him a letter of thanks “For a creative career with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra” and “For long-term and honest work in promoting Lithuanian music culture” in 2005.

Lithuanian Composers

Feliksas Bajoras

Music for Seven

Osvaldas Balakauskas

Impresonata (1974) for flute and piano

Rex re

Bachjahr, Simfonija Concertante

Albertiana for flute, cello violin and two pianos

Dance suite

Jūratė Baltramiejūnaitė

Divertimento for 6 instruments

Vytautas Barkauskas

Fife Sketch for mezzosoprano and 5 instruments

Vidmantas Bartulis

I Like H.Berlioz

Two Questions to the Wild Plum-tree

Two epitaph

Justinas Bašinskas

Two Dialogues for flute and piano

Borisas Borisovas

Masks, Quartet for flute, violin, cello and piano

Colours, Chamber Cantata

Julius Gaidelis

Quintet for winds

Jurgis Juozapaitis

Aphrodite. 5 Metamorphosen op. 86 (1978) for flute solo

Segles for flute solo

Jūratė and Kąstytis

Antanas Kučinskas

Loop in D minor

Algirdas Martinaitis

Gija-Gagaku for flute, piano and double-bass

Musical Offering (2005)

Remigijus Merkelys


Onutė Narbutaitė

Winterserenade (1997)


Interludium for flute, cello and organ

Juozas Pakalnis


Concerto Capriccio for flute and orchestra

Antanas Rekašius

Musica Faceta

Anatolijus Šenderovas

Sonata for flute and percussion

I am Nobody

Kristina Vasiliauskaitė


Zigmas Virkšas

Cantata „Iš tylos ir meilės”

Chamber Works

Jehan Alain

"Trois Mouvements" for flute and organ

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata in E flat major for flute and organ, BWV 1031

Sonata in C major for flute and quitar BWV 1033

Henk Badings

Maria, 14 songs, solo vv, chbr chorus, fl, vc, 1947

Ludwig van Beethoven

Serenade in D major, op. 25, for flute, violin and viola


Hector Berlioz

Trio for two flutes and harp

Georges Bizet

”Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe”, V. Hugo

”La coccinelle”, V Hugo

Francois Borne

On themes from Bizet‘s Carmen

Lili Boulanger


Ernest Chausson

”La nuit”, Th. Banville

Le colibri (Leconte de Lisle), 1882, from Sept mélodies (1879–82), No. 7 op. 2

”Le temps des lilas”, M. Bouch, op. 19

Frederic Chopin

Variations, in E major, on ‘Non più mesta’ from Rossini’s La Cenerentola

Arcangelo Corelli

Sonata in E minor, op. 3 No. 7

Napoléon Coste

Les regrets, cantilène, for flute and guitar op.36

Consolazione, romance sans paroles, for flute and guitar op.25

Léo Delibes

”Peine d'amour”, A. Silvestre

”Chanson espagnole”, A. de Musset

Edison Denisov

Sonata for flute and quitar

Music for 11 Wind Instruments and Timpani, 1961

Luigi Denza

Meldy for soprano, flute and piano

François Devienne

Trio for flute, viola and cello

Franz Doppler

Fantasy pastorasle

Lars Edlund

Sonata, fl, pf, 1984

Gabriel Fauré

Le papillon et la fleur in C major, op. 1/1

Antônio Gomez

Streams for flute and percussion

George Frideric Handel

Trio sonata in G minor

Lou Harisson

First Concerto for flute and percussion

Joseph Haydn

Divertimento (Cassation)

Piers Hellawell

Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, fl, vc, 1988

Jacques Ibert

Entracte, fl/vn, hp/gui, 1935 (from Le médecin de son honneur)

André Jolivet

Suite for flute and percussion

Valery Kikta

Razboynich'ï balladï Zakarpat'ya / Robbers’ Ballads of the Trans-Carpathians (folklore), male chorus, end-blown fl, bells, 1976

Franz Lachner

"Elégie" for flute and organ

David Lang

Rhymes, fl, cl, pf, va, vc, 1972

Witold Lutoslawski

Three fragments for flute and harp

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Quartet in D major

Serenade 1, KV 439b

Sonata in C major for flute and organ KV 14

Niccolò Paganini

Serenade for two flutes and harp

Astor Piazzolla

"Bordel 1900" for flute and guitar

"Cafe 1930" for flute and quitar

"Night club 1960" for flute and guitar

"Histoire du tango" for flute and guitar

Francis Poulenc

Rapsodie nègre, for voice, flute, clarinet, piano and string quartet

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonata for flute and piano in D major

Maurice Ravel

”La flûte enchanté”, T. Klingsor

”Chanson espagnole”

Daphnis et Chloé

Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera, 1907

Trois poemes de Stephane Mallarme

Max Reger

Serenade in G major, op. 141a (1905)

Gioachino Rossini

La regata veneziana, 3 canzonettas

Andante and varioations for flute and harp

Camille Saint-Saens

”Une flûte invisible” (V. Hugo)


Georg Philipp Telemann


Sergei Vasilenko

Vesnoy (In Spring), op.138, fl, small orch, 1954

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Bachianas brasileiras no.6, fl, bn, 1938

Oratorios Cantatas Mass

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Cantata Le berger fidèle

John Rutter

Birthday Madrigals, Shakespeare

Georg Philipp Telemann


Solo Works

Claude Debussy

 "Syrinx" for flute solo

Mati Kuulberg

Quasi (1989), for flute solo

Works for Flute and Piano

Rihards Dubra

The Magic with the Gold Light, for flute and piano

Gabriel Faure

Sicilienne, op. 78

Cesar Franck

Sonata in A major op. 8, 1886 (1886)

Tonu  Korvits

The Songs from Thüle (2002) for flute and piano

Francis Poulenc

Sonata for flute and piano

Vocal Orchestral Works

Olivier Messiaen

La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ (Bible, Missal, Aquinas), 100 vv, pf, vc, fl, cl, xylorimba, vib, mar, orch, 1965–9,  I/48


Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for flute and string orchestra No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067

Branderbourg concerto for two flutes, violin and strings No. 4, in G major, BWV 1069

Branderbourg concerto in D major, BWV 1050, No.5

Ferdinando Carulli

Concerto for flute, guitar and orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K. 313

Andante in C major for Flute and Orchestra, K. 315

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Quatrième concert

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto No. 2 ”La Notte”

W.A. Mozart, Andante in C major, K. 315

Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Saulius Sondeckis, conductor

Valentinas Gelgotas, flute

Musica Romantica: Claude Bolling - Jazzy

Piano: Eliane Rodrigues

Flute: Valentinas Gelgotas

Double Basses: Arnoldas Gurinavičius

Percussion: Saulius Astrauskas

Concert at the Church of St. Catherine, Vilnius, November 2, 2009

O. Narbutaitė

"Cantio secundae novembris"

"Lapides, flores, nomina et sidera"

With the participation of Valentinas Gelgotas (flute), Domas Memėnas (trumpet), Rimantas Valančius (trombone), Zenonas Bagavičius (percussion).

Concert at St. Catherine's Church, Vilnius, November 2, 2008

O. Narbutaitė

"Cantio secundae novembris"

"Lapides, flores, nomina et sidera"

Choir Jauna Muzika

With the participation of Valentinas Gelgotas (flute), Domas Memėnas (trumpet), Rimantas Valančius (trombone), Zenonas Bagavičius (percussion)

Concert at the Fifth St. Christopher Summer Music Festival in Vilnius, 15 08 1999

St.Casimir's Church

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) Sonata in E flat major for flute and organ, BWV 1031

Toccata, adagio ir fuga in C major, BWV 564

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) "Syrinx" for flute solo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) Sonata in C major for flute and organ KV 14

Franz Lachner (1830 - 1890) "Elégie" for flute and organ

Jean Alain (1911 - 1940) "Trois Mouvements" for flute and organ

Jūratė Landsbergytė (organ)

Concert at the Fifth St. Christopher Summer Music Festival in Vilnius, 07 07 1999

Vilnius Picture Gallery Courtyard


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Serenade 1, KV 439b

Max Reger (1873-1916) Serenade in G major, op. 141a (1905)

Onutė Narbutaitė (1956) Winterserenade (1997)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Serenade in D major, op. 25

Valentinas Gelgotas flute, Ingrida Armonaitė violin, Audronė Pšibilskienė viola

Concerts Cycle ”French Music in Lithuania”, 10-20 02 1993

J.S.Bach Sonata in A minor for flute solo

C.Franck Sonata in A major for flute and piano

F.Poulenc Sonata for flute and piano

A.Genin ”Venice Carnival”


Concert at Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall

Osvaldas Balakauskas (*1937) Impresonata (1974) for flute and piano

Vytautas Barkauskas (*1931) Veidrodis (Spiegel) op. 91 (1989, rev. 1994) for piano solo

Jurgis Juozapaitis (*1942) Aphrodite. 5 Metamorphosen op. 86 (1978) for flute solo

Janis Medinš (1890-1966) Two Songs for piano solo

Richard Dubra (*1964) The Magic with the Gold Light for flute and piano

Mati Kuulberg (1947-2001) Quasi (1989) for flute solo

Arvo Part (*1935) Partita op. 2 (1958) for piano solo

Tonu Korvits (*1969) Dainos. The Songs from Thüle (2002) for flute and piano

Povilas Stravinskas (piano)