Vytautas Miškinis
Vytautas Miškinis is a Lithuania
Lithuania , officially the Republic of Lithuania is a country in Northern Europe, the biggest of the three Baltic states. It is situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, whereby to the west lie Sweden and Denmark...

n music composer and professor, who has been Choir Director of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania, is a state-supported conservatory that trains students in music, theatre, and multimedia arts.-History:...

 conservatory since 1985. He has also served as Artistic Director of the Ąžuoliukas
Ąžuoliukas is a Lithuanian boys' and youth choir. The very first Lithuanian boys' choir was established in Vilnius in 1959 by professor Hermanas Perelšteinas. At the beginning, Ąžuoliukas was composed of 3000 boys, but later grew into a combination of several boys' and men's choirs and its own...

 youth choir.

He began his career in Azuoliukas at the age of seven as a vocalist, and continued as Artistic Director from the age of 25. All the achievements of the choir from 1979 have been due to Mr. Miškinis’ leadership.

For several years he conducted the Kaunas State Choir and Vocal Ensemble Museum Musicum. With the choirs, he has won prestigious prizes at numerous national and international competitions – in Marktoberdorf, Gorizia, Varna, Maribor, Tampere, Mainhausen, Nantes. Currently Mr. Miškinis is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the All-Lithuanian Choir Festival.

Vytautas Miškinis has led choral performances and given lectures in Austria, Byelorussia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Ukraine and USA.

Mr. Miškinis worked as a member of Jury at International Choir and Choral Composition Competitions in Tolosa, Spain; Varna, Bulgaria; Marktoberdorf and Bochum, Germany; Neerpelt, Kortrijk and Aalst Belgium; Maribor and Ljubljana, Slovenia; Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Budapest and Debrecen, Hungary; Arezzo, Italy; Choir Olympics Linz (Austria) 2000, Busan (Korea) 2002, Bremen (Germany )2004, Xiamen (China) 2006, Graz (Austria) 2008, and Shaoxing (China) 2010; CCP Manila 2009; Suwalki, Poland; Bergen, Norway; Pau and Tours, France; Neuchatel, Switzerland; Mainhausen (Germany) 2011.

To date he has composed and recorded over 700 pieces, both religious and secular. In the United States he has composed works for The University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale
The University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale
Conducted by Dr. Kent Hatteberg, the Collegiate Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble at the University of Louisville. The Chorale performs primarily unaccompanied repertoire and is known to commission works by Lithuanian composers Vytautas Miškinis and Vaclovas Augustinas...

. These compositions for choirs are published in Lithuania and France, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Japan and USA.

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