ATVARS LAKSTĪGALA was born in Riga and educated at the Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Music College and Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. He graduated from horn, brass band conducting and symphony orchestra conducting classes. He has participated in master-classes with Vassily Sinaisky, Neeme Jarvi and Paavo Jarvi. Since 2009, he is student at Universität der Künste Berlin with Prof.Lutz Köhler.
Since 1997, Atvars Lakstīgala has played in youth chamber orchestra Konsonanse, participating as a soloist and orchestra musician in concerts throughout Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden etc. From 1998 to 2006 he was the participant of The Young European Philharmonic orchestra. Atvars Lakstīgala has performed as a guest musician with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Riga Festival Orchestra and chamber orchestra Rīgas Kamermūziķi from 1998 to 2007. Since 2005, he has regularly participated in Kremerata Baltica kconcerts and tours. Since 2002, Atvars Lakstīgala is the musician of the Latvian National Opera Orchestra.
As a conductor, Atvars Lakstīgala has worked with the Riga Technical University Students Brass Band (1998-2005), Professional Brass Band Riga (since 2001), Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (debut in 2008, five educational concerts for school students in 2009), and Latvian National Symphony Orchestra String Group in frames of the Baltic Sea Festival (2008). In April 16, 2009, Atvars Lakstīgala made his debut as conductor at the Latvian National Opera in Verdi's La Traviata. On November 18, 2009, Atvars Lakstīgala made his highly acclaimed debut with Berliner Symphoniker in Berlin.
Atvars Lakstīgala is laureate of several international competitions including 1st Prize at the Latvian Music Colleges and High Schools Wind-Instruments and Percussion State Competition (1999), 2nd Prize at the Professional Brass Band Rīga Latvian Music Colleges and High Schools Wind-Instruments and Percussion Competition (2000), 1st Prize in the Internationl Competition for Wind-Instruments in Jastržebije Zdroja (Poland, 2000) and 1st Prize at Andrejs Jurjāns International Competition for Wind-Instruments (2001). He has received two awards for achievements in international competitions from the Latvian Ministry for Culture (2000, 2001). He has recieved The Great Music Award for the Best Debut (2010).