“No doubt-Martynas has a special gift for his profession–the flow of his energy and his musicianship are eye and ear catching.”
Lithuanian conductor MartynasStakionis has emerged as one of the most dynamic and promising conductors of his generation. Since his debut with the Kaunas State Philharmonic in April 2014, he has appeared with the Frankfurt Alte Oper, Mozarteum Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony, Kintai MusicFestival International Orchestra, Latvian Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra,and the symphony of the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre.
In 2018, Stakionis received the Norwegian Critics Association award for Best Music Performance of the Season, performing Gubaidulina’s Fachwerk with Kremerata Baltica at the Bergen Music Festival. He has developed a strong relationship with Gidon Kremer through his partnership with Kremerata Baltica at the Kronberg Academy Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Dvorakova Praha, and the Auditorium de la Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris where Stakionis conducted the French premiere of the “Greater Antiphons” by Arvo Pärt.. Stakionis recently conducted Mozart’s Magic Flute in collaboration with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Hamburg School of Music and Theatre. Assistant Conductor at the Hamburg Chamber Opera Theater in seasons 2016-2018, he has also assisted Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla at the Salzburg State Theatre’s productions of Haydn’s Il mondo della luna and Max Brand’s Stormy Interlude. Stemming from a rich choral background, he has worked with Latvian and Lithuanian State Choirs, Paris National Opera‘s Children's Choir, Regional Choir Vittoria d'Île-de-France, Latvian Radio Choir and Hannover Mädchenchor. Stakionis has won several choral competitions throughout the Baltic States since 2010. Most notably, he placed first in The Jazeps Vitols 5th International Choral Conductors Competition (Riga, 2014) and was awarded for best interpretation of an opera scene in Republican Jonas Aleksa Young Choir Conductors Competition(Vilnius, 2014). He also won the third place in the Romano Gandolfi International Competition for Choral Conductors (Parma, Italy, 2019).