Giedrė Šlekytė (Lithuania), conductor
Born in Lithuania in 1989, Giedrė Šlekytė began her musical education aged 6 at the National Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Art-School in Vilnius. She went on to study conducting at the University of Music and Fine Arts in Graz (with Prof. Johannes Prinz and Prof. Martin Sieghart) as well as at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Leipzig (with Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr and Prof. Matthias Foremny). The Erasmus-programme brought Giedrė Šlekytė to Switzerland, where she spent one term at the University of Fine Arts in Zurich with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli.
During her studies, she worked e.g. with the Musikalische Komödie Leipzig, Jena Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonie, Musikkollegium Winterthur, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig and Hamburger Symphoniker. She also attended master classes of Bernard Haitink, Colin Metters and Mario Venzago.
As guest conductor Giedrė Šlekytė has been invited by St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania, Chuncheon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea, Orchestra of Komische Oper Berlin, Sinfonieorchester Innsbruck, Stiftskonzerte Oberösterreich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Münchner Symphoniker, Symphonieorchester Göttingen, Theatre Basel (Magic Flute), Opera Leipzig (Hänsel & Gretel), State Theatre Darmstadt and State Orchestra and Theatre Mainz (Perelà).
Future engagements will take the young conductor back to St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and RTV Orchestra Ljubljana, as well as to Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Duisburger Symphoniker, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Norrlands Opera Symphony Orchestra, Bochumer Symphoniker and Duisburger Philharmoniker.
Starting with the 2016/17 season Giedrė Šlekytė has been appointed 1st Kapellmeister of Stadttheater Klagenfurt, where she will e.g. be conducting her own production of The Abduction from the Seraglio.
Giedrė Šlekytė has already received numerous prizes: in 2013 she was awarded the 2nd prize at the International Conducting Competition Solon Michaelides in Cyprus (1st prize not awarded). Furthermore, she won the 2nd prize at the MDR Conducting Competition as well as the 1st prize at the National Singing-Competition Beatričė Grincevičiūtė in Lithuania. In March 2015 she was nominated for the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. She is also a prize-winner of the International Malko Competition for Young Conductors 2015.