Gintaras Rinkevičius (born in 1960) is one of the most outstanding conductors in Lithuania, a National Prize winner and a professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He is the founder of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, its artistic leader and chief conductor. 1996 to 2003 Rinkevičius was the artistic leader and chief conductor of the Latvian National Opera, and between 2007 and 2009 he was the chief guest conductor. Currently Rinkevičius is the chief conductor and artistic leader of the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra. A winner at three international competitions, he is invited to conduct outstanding orchestras and has had performances with world famous performers at the most prestigious concert halls.