Ainars Rubikis


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 2016/17 season include debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Carmen) Theater Basel (La forza del destino), Finnish National Opera and return visits to Latvian National Opera, Orquesta de Euskadi, and Passionstheater Oberammergau.

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  • Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Latvian State Choir 'Latvija'




New National Theatre, Tokyo

Ainars Rubikis conducts the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in a performance full of highly variegated tempo and emphasis, creating a brilliant soundscape for this emotive work. Olé! A Carmen Supreme - Ayako Takahashi