Laurynas Vakaris Lopas

studied choral conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, in the class of professor Herman Perelstein, from 1967 to 1972; he finished the composition class of professors Eduardas Balsys and Vytautas Laurušas in 1985.

L. V. Lopas was an artistic director and conductor of the symphony and chamber orchestras of Vilnius Juozas Tallat Kelpša Higher Music School from 1973 to 2012. From 1990 to 1995, he was an artistic director and conductor of the Students’ Symphony Orchestra of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

In 1986 he formed the chamber choir Cantemus, which he directed for 25 years; in a five-year period he won seven prizes at international competitions. In 1995 he became professor for choral conducting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, as well as a member of the Lithuanian Choral Union and Lithuanian Composers’ Union.

Laurynas Vakaris Lopas’ creative output includes a variety of genres, such as symphonic, chamber instrumental, vocal, pieces for organ and carillon, and incidental music for the theatre, as well as a significant number of popular songs–and especially, music for children. His works are marked by laconic, moderate modernist aesthetics.
The polyphonic language of his musical texture is often based on the principles of polymeters, polyrhythms, and polytonality, while his thematic material refers to Lithuanian folk intonations.

Works:

  • Missa brevis quasi gregalis
  • Gloria (From Missa brevis quasi gregalis)