Ainars Rubikis came to international attention as winner of the Third International Gustav Mahler conducting competition in 2010. In August 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. In 2012 he was appointed Musical Director of Novosibirsk State Opera House, one of the largest houses in Europe.
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. Projects with Novosibirsk include a new productions of Tannhauser and Romeo and Juliet and special events for their 70th birthday celebrations.