Andris Rasmanis

(Former Conductor of the Latvian National Opera and Assistant Conductor of Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin)

Latvian Conductor Andris Rasmanis was born in Riga, and is based in Vienna. As a child, he began his musical training with violin, piano and voice. Later on, he studied Choral Conducting with Valdis Bernhofs at the Riga Cathedral Choir School. Mr. Rasmanis earned his BA degree in Choral Conducting with Jānis Lindenbergs at the Jāzeps Vītols Music Academy of Latvia. He studied with Uroš Lajovic, Konrad Leitner and Erwin Ortner at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, earning his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting with distinction and conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein.

In his youth, he worked frequently with many choirs and participated in several successful choral conducting competitions. In orchestral conducting, Mr. Rasmanis has received the Aberystwyth Music Festival Young Conductor's Award, the 3rd prize in International Conductors' Competition 'Riga-2005,' and the 3rd prize in the Young Conductors Music High School Competition. He has been selected from hundreds of candidates to participate in a number of prestigious international competitions, namely the 8th Solti International Conductor´s Competition in Germany, the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in London, and the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in France.

Mr. Rasmanis has received valuable training in orchestral conducting in master classes with Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Bertrand de Billy, Ralf Weikert, Toby Purser, Karolos Trikolidis, Achim Holub, Karl Anton Rickenbacher, and Peter Gülke.

Andris Rasmanis worked as an assistant conductor to Cornelius Meister at the Latvian National Opera (Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen) and to Vladimir Kiradjiev at the Opera Festival Sigulda (Verdi’s Otello and Bizet’s Carmen). In addition, he worked closely with Ivan Fischer at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Mariss Jansons in Munich. In 2014, Mr. Rasmanis served as a second conductor of W.A.Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Latvian National Opera. In 2015, he was invited to conduct W.A.Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Gütersloh Landestheater and the others.

Mr. Rasmanis maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues in France, England, Germany, Latvia, Austria, Poland, Romania, Portugal and China among the others.

Since 2008, Mr. Rasmanis has conducted a series of European orchestras, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Latvian National Opera, the Orchestra Metropolitana Lisbon, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Meininger Hofkapelle, the Orchestra of Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, the Orchestra of Landestheater Detmold, the Orchestra of Landestheater Eisenach, the Graz Chamber Orchestra, the Orion Symphony Orchestra, the Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra, the ASO Vienna and the Pro Arte Orchestra of the University of Vienna, among others. He will make his Chinese debut with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017.

Passionately committed to music education, Mr. Rasmanis has led several conducting courses in his hometown, co-authored the book Methods of Conducting.

Mr. Rasmanis speaks Latvian, Russian, German, and English, with a working knowledge of Italian.