Ainars Rubikis came to international attention as winner of the Third International Gustav Mahler conducting competition in 2010. In 2011 he was announced recipient of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and subsequently conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the Salzburg Festival. From 2012-14 he served as Musical Director of Novosibirsk State Opera House.
Plans for the 2015/16 season sees return visits to Poznan Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale d’Ile de France and Orquesta de Euskadi with the Malandain Ballet Biarritz. Debuts include Residentie Orkest and the Bolshoi Theatre with a production of Boris Godunov. Future plans include debuts at Chicago Lyric and returns to the Bolshoi Theatre and Latvian National Opera.