AINĀRS RUBIĶIS came to international attention as winner of the 2010 Mahler conducting competition. The Latvian conductor emerged from strong competition to take the prestigious competition’s first prize: “This year, as with Gustavo Dudamel in 2004, we have found an exceptional conductor” observed Jonathan Nott, president of the Competition jury.
In 2011, Rubikis was announced recipient of the second Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and subsequently conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the Salzburg Festival to critical-acclaim. He served as Music Director and Chief Conductor of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2012 – 2014, and was awarded a prestigious Golden Mask Award as “Best Conductor” for the new production of Bernstein’s Mass.
Plans for the 2016/17 season include debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Carmen) Theater Basel (La forza del destino), Finnish National Opera and return visits to Latvian National Opera, Orquesta de Euskadi, and Passionstheater Oberammergau.
Highlights of recent seasons include debuts with Residentie Orkest, Bolshoi Theatre with a production of Boris Godunov, New National Theatre Tokyo, Liceu, Barcelona (Carmen), Oberammergau Festival (Nabucco), Strasbourg Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Heidelberg, Bournemouth, Toronto, Melbourne and Lucerne Symphony Orchestras, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre du Pays de la Loire, at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Estonian National, Bamberg Symphony and Budapest Philharmonic. Return visits include to Poznan Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale d’Ile de France, Orquesta de Euskadi with the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, and performances of Don Giovanni at Latvian National Opera.