Martynas Staškus – Conductor
Martynas Staškus graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1995. That same year he was engaged at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1997–1998 he was Chief Conductor of the LNOBT. Since 2004 he is Chief Conductor of the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Lithuanian Musik Academy Symphony Orchestra Martynas Staškus is the prize-winner of many national and international Choir competitions in Wrozlaw, Arezzo, Tour, Miltenberg and Vilnius. His repertoire includes over 40 operatic works of Verdi, Puccini, Halevy, Mozart, Weber, Gounod, Gluck, Bizet etc.; ballets of Theodarakis, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, L. A. Minkus, I Stravinsky etc.; many works of symphonic, chamber and choral music. Martynas Staškus has been the music director of three world premieres, Urbaitis’ ballet Acid City and Kutavičius’ operas The Bear and Ignis et Fides. Martynas Staškus has conducted performances of internationally acclaimed artists Violeta Urmana, Edgaras Montvidas, Badri Maisuradze, Gidon Kremer, Kshishtof Broya, Alexander Paley, Lukas Geniusas and many others. His stage partnerships include those with renowned stage directors Günter Krämer, Monika Wiesler, Detlef Soelter and Anthony Minghella, choreographers Krzysztof Pastor and Boris Eifman. Martynas Staškus has conducted in many prominent festivals such like the Vilnius Festival, Murten Classics Festival etc. His concert credits include programmes with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Ankara Opera Symphony Orchestra, St.Petersburg Music Academy Opera Orchestra, Trieste Teatro Lirico di Verdi Orchestra and other. Guest performances have taken him to Holland, Germany, Italy, Estonia, France, Denmark, Taiwan, Switzerland, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Poland and elsewhere.
Trained in Copenhagen with Milan Vitek and at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Ernst Kovacic. He has been a solo player in the Royal Danish Orchestra and a guest conductor of Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. Arne Balk-Møller has made a particular impact in chamber music and has played in most of Europe and participated in major festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival and the Bergen Festival. Arne Balk-Møller has released many internationally acclaimed CDs and has been awarded several prizes including the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize. He has further worked as a conductor of several of the Danish regional orchestras and at the Funen Opera as well as leading chamber orchestras in Denmark and abroad.
Per Morten Bye – Trumpet
Per Morten Bye is born in Trondheim, Norway and he started to play the trumpet in a schoolband as 9 years old. Later he joined the local Brass Band and he soon realized that he wanted to play in a professionel symphony orchestra. At the age of 19 he won his first job as co-principal trumpet in Aarhus Symphony. After 11 years in Aarhus he moved to Copenhagen where he became the principal trumpet in The Royal Danish Orchestra. He stayed in this orchestra for 10 years only interrupted by one year as principal trumpet in Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001-02. From 2007 Per Morten is principal trumpet in Odense Symphony Orchestra. Besides playing in symphony orchestras Per Morten has played a lot of solo works with the professionel orchestras in Denmark and Norway, and concerts in churches all over Denmark. He has also worked as teacher at the Royal Academies in Copenhagen and Aarhus. Chambermusic has been an important part of Per Mortens life and he has played in a lot of ensembles, such as: Aarhus Brass Quintet, Royal Danish Brass, Scandinavian Brass Ensemle, Aarhus Sinfonietta and more.
Rune Most – Flute
Rune Most began his studies at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark. Later came studies with Professor Lóránt Kovács in Budapest, and in 1990 he made his debut from the soloist class of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he had studied with Toke Lund Christiansen. He is member of the jury of Carl Nielsen International Flute Competitions in the city of Odense. His latest CD-releases form the Danish national Music label Dacapo, has got outstanding reviews from among others the well know American review magazine Fanfare, Classical Music Reviews, and Musicweb-International. Today Rune Most is principal flautist with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. He has been teaching the flute class at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense since 1995. Over the years music has taken him to South America, China, Russia and many countries in Europe as a chamber musician and soloist. He is a dedicated teacher in South Danish Music Academy, and has many talented students from many places in the world. He has frequently made first performances by well known Danish composers including Per Noergaard, Karl Aage Rasmussen, John Frandsen and Andy Pape. As a soloist and chamber musician he has recorded several CDs of among other works, 5 danish flute concertos. Also South American music has been recorded. Recently he is recording the concertos of Mozart with the american label Bridge Records and Odense Symphony Orchestra.