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PĒTERIS VASKS  

(b 1946 )

Pēteris Vasks was born in Aizpute, Latvia on 16 April 1946. He attended the Riga Music Academy and the Lithuanian Music Academy in Vilnius where he studied double-bass with Vitautas Sereika. During 1973–78 he studied composition with Valentin Utkin at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. From 1963 to 1974 Vasks was a member of the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra (1966–9), Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (1969–70) and the Orchestra of Latvian Radio and Television (1971–4). On three occasions he has received the Great Music Award, the highest prize bestowed by the Latvian state in the field of music: in 1993 for Litene, in 1998 for his Violin Concerto ‘Distant Light’, and in 2000 for his Second Symphony. In 1996 he was awarded the Herder Prize of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg and was also designated principal composer of the Stockholm Festival of New Music. Since 1994 Vasks has been an honorary member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and in 2001 became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. During 2004 a recording of his Second Symphony (Ondine) was awarded the Cannes Classical Award in the categories ‘CD of the Year’ and ‘Best Orchestral Work’. Vasks currently resides in Riga where he works as a freelance composer.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
21ST CENTURY INSTRUMENTAL SOLOS (Russo, Gattet, L. Watts, Sukmanova, Papendell, Duncan, Bruggergosman, Gerard Kim) Oehms Classics
OC533
Instrumental
BABADJANIAN, A.H.: Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor / VASKS, P.: Episodi e canto perpetuo (Potch Trio) Delos
DE3420
Chamber Music
BALTIC ORGAN MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-561
Instrumental
Choral Concert: Mats Nilssons Vocal Ensemble - MONTEVERDI, C. / POULENC, F. / PETERSON-BERGER, W. / JOHANSON, S.E. / WERLE, L.J. / (Sweden) Proprius
PRCD9172
Choral - Secular
DEAN: Winter Songs / NIELSEN: Wind Quintet / PART: Quartettino BIS
BIS-CD-1332
Chamber Music
Oboe Recital: Smith, James Austin - HINDEMITH, P. / VASKS, P. / CARTER, E. / BACH, J.S. (Distance) TwoPianists
TP1039183
Instrumental
PART / VASKS / SCHNITTKE / KANCHELI: Time... and again BIS
BIS-CD-1392
Chamber Music
SEASONS (The) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) BIS
BIS-2072
Chamber Music
VASKS, P.: Choral Music - Plainscapes / Our Mother's Names / Silent Songs (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava) Ondine
ODE1194-2
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
VASKS, P.: Flute Concerto / Flute Sonata / Aria e danza / Landscape with Birds (M. Faust, S. Arnold, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, P. Gallois) Naxos
8.572634
Instrumental, Concertos, Chamber Music, Instrumental
VASKS, P.: Pater noster / Dona nobis pacem / Mass (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava) Ondine
ODE1106-2
Choral - Sacred
VASKS, P.: Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano / BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quartet No. 3 (Canti drammatici) (Ensemble Raro) Solo Musica
SM119
Chamber Music
VASKS, P.: Symphony No. 2 / Violin Concerto, "Distant Light" (Storgards) Ondine
ODE1005-2
Orchestral, Concertos
VASKS, P.: Symphony No. 3 / Cello Concerto (Ylönen, Tampere Philharmonic, J. Storgårds) Ondine
ODE1086-5
Orchestral, Concertos
VASKS: Mate Saule / 3 Poems by Czeslaw Milosz BIS
BIS-CD-1145
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
VASKS: Violin Concerto / Musica Dolorosa / Viatore BIS
BIS-CD-1150
Orchestral, Concertos




 
 
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