Gediminas Gelgotas, classical music composer
(born in June 1986) is a Lithuanian composer and performer and academic music.
Gelgotas was born in the family of musicians. His mother directs three choirs at Vilnius University, while his father performs with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and lectures at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. His brother and sister are also musicians. In 1993, Gelgotas entered the M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts, the specialty of piano. He also learned trumpet and composition, polyphony and instrumentation in a class of Nailia Galiamova. In 2004, he took the courses of mastership taught by trumpet player Leif Bengson and piano player Mūza Rubackytė.
While still a high school student, Gelgotas took part in various competitions, festivals, and musical projects. In 2001 and 2003 he became a laureate of Juozas Pakalnis competition in the wind-instrument section; in 2002 he became a laureate of the National Piano Competition. In 2003 he performed in Didysis muzikų paradas (The Great Parade of Musicians) at the National Philharmony of Lithuania, where he played as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts. In 2004, Gelgotas made his debut as a composer at Kūrybos pavasaris (The Spring of Creation), organized by M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts, and became choirmaster of mixed choir Pro Musica of Vilnius University.
In summer 2005, Gelgotas enrolled into the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA), the specialty of composition in the class of Vytautas Barkauskas. Gelgotas became part of Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna muzika in January 2006. In 2006, Gelgotas founded and became leader of Naujų idėjų kamerinis orkestras (NIKO; New Ideas Chamber Orchestra). The orchestra became known for new and non-traditional ideas. For example, during a concert in March 2008 the public became active participants.
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