Vytautas Miškinis

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Vytautas Miškinis
Vytautas Miškinis conducting
Born (1954-06-05) 5 June 1954 (age 69)
EducationLithuanian Conservatory
  • Choral conductor
  • Composer
  • Academic teacher

Vytautas Miškinis (born 5 June 1954) is a Lithuanian composer, choral conductor and academic teacher. He is artistic director of Ąžuoliukas, a boys' and youth choir and music school, and of other ensembles, performing internationally. He has taught choral conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre from 1985. His groups have won prizes at international competitions, where he also served as member of the jury. His compositions are part of international standard choral repertoire.


Miškinis was born in Vilnius, then Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union, in a musical family. He began his musical career with the Vilnius Teacher House Boys Choir (now Ąžuoliukas), at the age of seven.[1][2]: 8  He studied at the Vilnius Conservatory from age 17, and became choral director of the junior choir there.[2]: 9  He graduated in 1976, in the class of Hermanas Perelšteinas [lt].[3]

For Ąžuoliukas (the name translating to "little oak tree")[1] he assisted Perelšteinas, its founder and conductor, as accompanist and choral conductor, until he took over leadership at age 25.[1][2]: 9  He transformed the organisation to a music school for several hundred children.[1] He conducted the Kaunas State Choir from 1971 to 1975,[4] and the Museum Musicum vocal ensemble from 1991.[4] When Lithuania was free again in 1989, he took the groups to international competitions.[2]: 11  The Teacher House Men's Choir achieved the Grand Prix in Nantes that year, a third prize at Gorizia in 1990, first prize in Marktoberdorf in 1991, and in Mainhausen in 1993, and second prize in Maribor in 2000, among others. His Museum Musicum earned first prize both in Tampere in 1992 and in Mainhausen in 1993.[2]: 12  He has served in juries of international choir and choral composition competitions[2]: 11 [5] Miškinis has led choral performances and given lectures in Europe, the Ukraine and the U.S..[3]

Miškinis taught at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, as lecturer from 1985, as associate professor from 1995, and as professor of choral conducting from 2002.[4] He is president of the Lithuanian Choral Union,[5] and the artistic director and chief conductor of the All-Lithuanian Choir Festival.[4]


Miškinis wrote his first composition in 1977, but turned to composing for Ąžuoliukas in the mid 1980s.[2]: 10  His compositions draw on characteristics of Lithuanian folk music.[1] They are basically tonal, but use advanced techniques such as overlay of harmonies, clusters and repetition. Many works are set to Latin texts which he regards as a universal language.[1] His setting O salutaris hostia, written in 1991 and published by Carus-Verlag in 2001, became an international choral standard.[6]

As of 2020, he has composed and recorded over 700 pieces, both religious and secular. In the United States he has composed works for The University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale and the Golden Gate Men's Chorus (San Francisco, CA). His choral compositions have been published in Lithuania, but also internationally, by publishers including Schott (Germany), A Coeur Joie (France), Astrum, Earthsongs[2]: 12  and Santa Barbara Music Publishing (U.S.),[7] Edition Ferrimontana (Italy), and Ediciones Musicale (Spain).[2]: 12 


  1. ^ a b c d e f Gough, Rupert (2010). Vytautas Miškinis. Hyperion. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Cummins, Nicholaus B. (August 2012). The unaccompanied choral works of Vytautas Miškinis with texts by Rabindranoth Tagore: / A resource guide. Louisiana State University. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Vytautas Miskinis". PH Publishers. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Vytautas Miskinis" (in German). Diocese of Cologne. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Vytautas Miskinis / O salutaris hostia / 1991". Kammerchorwettbewerb Marktoberndorf. 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Vytautas Miskinis / O salutaris hostia / 1991". Carus-Verlag. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Vytautas Miskinis". Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Retrieved 11 March 2020.

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