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 14/15 season include debuts with BBC Scottish Symphony, Danish Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Musikollegium Winterthur and at the Salzburg Mozartwoche. He returns to Royal Northern Sinfonia - the featured concert at the ABO conference, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Orchestre National d'Ile de France. Opera includes a new production of Tannhauser in Novosibirsk and his debut at the Oberammergau Festival with Nabucco.