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Both of Baltic heritage, Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas and Estonian conductor Kristjan Järvi are an exciting, energetic and intriguing duet in the classical music scene of Europe. You can find a thrilling new video featuring Kristjan Järvi conducting Gelgotas’ first symphony ‘Extracultural’ on their newly launched website www.extracultural.eu.

The birth of symphony ‘Extracultural’ was initiated by Järvi who programs and performs Gelgotas’ music regularly. The world premiere of the piece was held in Leipzig Gewandhaus on 17th January, 2015 and has been highly acclaimed by the critics, as well as praised by the audiences.

Watch the full video and find out more by visiting www.extracultural.eu.


World premiere / Gelgotas / Järvi / Zurich Tonhalle


The world premiere of my new piece ‘Mountains. Waters. (Freedom)’ will take place on the 12th September, 2015, at Tonhalle in Zurich, Switzerland. The piece scored for a symphony orchestra is around 14 minutes of duration. It is going to be performed by the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic under the baton of Kristjan Järvi.
The new composition was commissioned by the ‘Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists’ in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

More information about the new piece:


Dear friends,

my first symphony “Extracultural” had its successful Lithuanian premiere on June 1stat the opening concert of Vilnius Festival, in National Philharmonic Hall. It was a great pleasure to be on stage with a great Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, New Ideas Chamber Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi! You can find attached some photos from the premiere and also from our time with Kristjan, Khatia Buniatishvili, Avi Avital and other friends here in Lithuania.

I am now working on my new commission – piece for symphony orchestra, that will have its world premiere at the ZürichTonhalle on 12th September. Piece will be performed by Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic and conducted by Kristjan Järvi. “Orpheus Foundation” is a commissioner of the piece.

I am also invited to present my music at the Impuls festival 2015  in Germany. “Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean” will be performed at the Theatre Magdeburg twice.
Also a dance project, based on my music as well as my “Sacred Unreligious Soul” (new version) will be presented during the festival.

“Never Ignore the Cocmic Ocean” is released this spring by Naïve Classique. It is available for download on iTunes since 6 April, 2015 (Naïve Classique V5407).

Symphony “Extracultural” will be performed on 17th July at the closing concert of Kintai Music Festival, which this year received the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) quality label. This is a festival that was initiated by New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NICO and You are always welcome to visit it! It is on July 1st – 17th this year, at the most beautiful place in Lithuania – Kintai. (Kristjan also visited Kintai this June and loved the place very much, You can see this in a photo)
I wish You a great summer and .. hope to see You soon!!

Warmest wishes,
Gediminas Gelgotas



Standing ovations at the Gewandhaus Leipzig for the world premiere of EXTRACULTURAL! On June 2015 the first Lithuanian performance will be done at the Vilnius Festival.

You can listen the whole concert here: http://www.mdr.de/mdr-figaro

More news you can find on a Facebook: www.facebook.comextracultural

EXTRACULTURAL by Gediminas Gelgotas

Gediminas Gelgotas presents fragments from his Symphony Nr. 1 “EXTRACULTURAL”

World Premiere at Leipzig Gewandhaus, on January 17th, 2015.

Young Artist Prize

We are happy to announce that Gediminas Gelgotas is awarded with “Young Artist Prize” by the Lithuanian Culture Ministry!

Further  information under:  http://lrkm.lt

BYP presented “Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean”

BALTIC SEA YOUTH PHILHARMONIC presented “NEVER IGNORE THE COSMIC OCEAN” at the prestigious Beethoven Music Festival (Bonn, Germany), also in Russia and Italy. Check out the video from the concert in Verona:


imagePrix foundation Neva

We are happy to announce that Gediminas Gelgotas was awarded with a special Neva Foundation Prize on August 2nd at the Verbier Music Festival, Switzerland. His piece “Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean” was successfully performed on the same day by the most talented young musicians from Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestra.


Verbier music festival. (left to right) Cellist István Várdai, composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder,Gediminas Gelgotas, manager Dorothy Yeung, conductor Kristjan Järvi

Verbier music festival.
(left to right) Cellist István Várdai, composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder,Gediminas Gelgotas, manager Dorothy Yeung, conductor Kristjan Järvi

Gediminas was selected to be the composer in residence at the prestigious Verbier music festival. He is there from 22nd July to 4th August, working with Verbier Academy his pieces “Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean” and “What’s Unrobotizable”.