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Vaclovas Augustinas (b.1959) graduated twice from the Lithuanian Academy of Music, receiving diplomas in choir conducting in 1981 (under Prof. Hermanas Perelšteinas) and composition in 1992 (under Prof. Julius Juzeliūnas). He was member of rock groups “Saulės laikrodis” and “Antis” (keyboards, vocal); after the reunion of “Antis” in 2007, he continues to compose songs and perform with them. From 1980 to 1992 Augustinas taught at the “Ąžuoliukas” music school. Since 1992 he has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Vilnius Municipality Choir “Jauna muzika”. He currently teaches at the Composition, Choir Conducting, Singing and Jazz Departments of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and at the Department of Artistic Education of the Vilnius Pedagogical University. In 1993, as guest conductor, he participated in the Congress of Choirleaders in Växjö, Sweden. In 1996 he led master courses for choir conductors during the international festival “XVI Jardanos Coralistas Aragonesas” in Borja, Spain. In 1999 he delivered lectures and led the seminar at the world symposium of the International Choir Music Federation held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
His works are being regularly performed in Lithuania and abroad at various festivals, concert venues and choir competitions. Among them, his “Hymne à Saint Martin” for double mixed choir a cappella was awarded 3rd prize at the international competition for choral works “Florilege vocal de Tours” in France, 1996, and next year “Stomping Bride” for mixed choir and instruments was performed at the congress of the Association of American Choir Conductors in San diego, California. In 2004 he was awarded the prize for the best choral work (“Lux aeterna”) at the composersš' competition organized by the Lithuanian Composers' Union, in 2006 - the Mūzų Malūnas Prize for his concert activities, in 2010 - the 1st prize (for Calm and Quiet) at the competition of choral composition, organized by the Lithuanian Folk Culture Centre and the Lithuanian Composers' Union. In 2010 Vaclovas Augustinas was awarded the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize.
Choral works, naturally, represent the most significant and substantial part of his creative output. They often reveal the composers' reluctance to depart from the major-minor system: one can find a few instances, where his harmonies, dominated by the third structures, seem to approach modal organization of pitches. In these works, rhythm and melodic contour are inextricably linked to phonetic and semantic characteristics of a given verbal text. Acoustic affinity serves as a basic factor for dynamic development of his forms.
More information about Vaclovas Augustinas is available at the Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre (LMIPC) website.
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