JĀNIS PETRAŠKEVIČS

  1. Jānis Petraškevičs. Photo: Marta Veinberga

    Jānis Petraškevičs. Photo: Marta Veinberga


  2. Composer of classical contemporary music. Born in 1978 in Rīga, Latvia. Lives and works in Rīga. Works for acoustic instrumentations.

    Initially studied violin at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School in Rīga from 1985–94, but later studied composition there with Ģederts Ramans from 1994–96. He studied composition with Pēteris Plakidis at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Rīga from 1996–2003. Later had postgraduate studies in composition with Ole Lützow-Holm at University of Gothenburg from 2004–07.

    Worked on his doctoral thesis in musicology at the Latvian Academy of Music under the guidance of Prof. Jeļena Ļebedeva from 2007–14. The title of thesis is Multidimensionality in avant-garde music of the second half of 20th century (composition techniques of Boulez, Carter, Ferneyhough, Ligeti and Stockhausen).
    He defended the thesis in 2014, obtaining PhD.

    His music has been performed in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, including once each at the Biennale di Venezia (2008), the ISCM World Music Days (2008, Vilnius), the concert series Musica Viva in Munich (2012), the festival Warsaw Autumn (2013), the festival Ultraschall Berlin (2015), the festival Archipel (2015) and Donaueschinger Musiktage (2018).                                 

    He is also active in other positions. He has contributed articles to the magazines Mūzikas Saule – Sun of Music and Rīgas Laiks – The Rīga Time, both in Rīga.

    He has lectured on aspects of contemporary music at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music since 2011. He has been appointed Senior Lecturer in composition at the above institution in 2017.  

    Together with Rolands Kronlaks and Guntars Prānis he has curated the exhibition "Transcribed Sound" on history of musical notation at Latvian National Library in 2016–17.                   


  3. Scholarships, Awards, Commissions

    2017

    Commission by Südwestrundfunk for an orchestral work for Donaueschinger Musiktage 2018 

    Participation at the Ligeti Symposium with paper Structural analysis of the first movement of György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, The Music Centre of Helsinki

    2014               

    Co-commission by Ensemble Modern and Wigmore Hall (London)

    Fellowship of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbertide

    Latvian Grand Music Award for new composition of the year
    (for Darkroom – Ein Phantasiestück für Ensemble)

    2011               

    Commission by Ensemble Modern within the framework of the project Where from? Where to? Myths – Nation– Identities

    2008               

    Participation at EarLab: composition course with Luca Francesconi and Ensemble BIT 20, Stresa (Italy)

    2006               

    Carl Larsson Scholarship for a residency in Fontainebleau

    2004               

    Commission by Nieuw Ensemble

    2003               

    First Prize at the competition for composers announced by The Association of Baltic Academies of Music (ABAM), Hamburg       

    Participation at International Masterclass for young composers  with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi and Richard Barrett, organized by Summer Academy Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

    2001               

    Selected for a commission for the Ensemble Intercontemporain by the jury of Reading Panel, Paris

    Participation at Composition course with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Domaine Forget, Charlevoix (Canada)

    2000               

    Participation at Voix Nouvelles – a programm of the Royaumont Foundation: Composition course & workshop with Brian Ferneyhough, José Evangelista, Jean-Luc Hervé

    Participation at International Composition Seminar with Luca Francesconi and Fausto Romitelli, organized by Ictus Ensemble in collaboration with Avanti!, Brussels

    1998               

    Scholarship from the Swedish Institute for studies with Prof. Sven-David Sandström in Stockholm for a period of 9 months

    Participation at Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music

    1997               

    Participation at International seminar Young Composers in Baltic Region, Visby, Gotland (Sweden)

    1996               

    Participation at 4th International Academy for New Composition, held by Boguslaw Schaeffer and Marek Choloniewski, Schwaz/Tyrol

                                                               

     

     

     


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