“No doubt-Martynas has a special gift for his profession–the flow of his energy and his musicianship are eye and ear catching.”
Since his debut with the Kaunas State Philharmonic in April of 2014, Stakionis has appeared with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber, Latvian Academy of Music Symphony, and Hamburg School of Music and Theater Symphony.
Stakionis received the Norwegian Critics Association award for ‘Best Music Performance of the Season’ in collaboration with Kremerata Baltica for their May 2018 Bergen Festival performance of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Fachwerk. His relationship with the ensemble and mentor Gidon Kremer has been cultivated through performances at the Kronberg Academy Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr (Robert Schumann Concert Hall), Dvorakova Praha (Prag Rodolfinum), Sion Festival, Estonian Concert Hall and the Parisian Auditorium de la Fondation Louis Vuitton where Stakionis conducted the French premiere of the “Greater Antiphons” by Arvo Pärt.
Recent operatic projects include conducting Mozart‘s Die Zauberflöte in a collaboration between the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Hamburg School of Music and Theatre. In seasons 2016-2018 Stakionis held the title of Assistant Conductor at the Hamburg Chamber Opera Theater and has assisted Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla for 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).