A renowned Lithuanian choir conductor and educator Artūras Dambrauskas (b. 1961), an alumnus of National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art, studied conducting at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in 1980–85 and completed studies at a postgraduate level at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1990–92.
Artūras Dambrauskas’ intense and multifaceted professional career began in 1986, when he joined the School Choir Conducting Department of the Lithuanian State Conservatory Klaipėda Campus. A faculty member there until 1998, he was also the leader of a mixed choir studio from 1989 till 1992. During his Klaipėda period, Dambrauskas was the Choirmaster/Concertmaster of GINTARĖLIS Boys’ and Youth Choir in 1992–95, Choirmaster of GILIJA Mixed Choir of Klaipėda Teachers’ House in 1990–93 and Artistic Director and Conductor of JUVENTUS Mixed Choir in 1993–96.
Having played an important part in Lithuania’s musical life as a conductor of various choirs, in 1998 Artūras Dambrauskas joined the faculty of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Kaunas Campus. Between 2005 and 2010, he worked at the LIEPAITĖS Choral Singing School as the conductor of the junior choir. Since 2009, Dambrauskas has held the position of Associate Professor and Head of the Music Theory and Practice Department at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) Music Academy where he teaches conducting and other choral disciplines.
In 2018, Artūras Dambrauskas was bestowed with Lithuania’s Cross of Knight for distinguished merits in culture.
Giedrius Pavilionis is a promising Lithuanian choir conductor, who has known VILNIUS Choir closely since 2003, when he started working here as Chief Choirmaster.
Giedrius Pavilionis had been active in choral conducting even before he completed Master’s studies in Choral Conducting in 2007. He has been leader of the GABIJA Choir of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University since 2005. Under his leadership, VILNIUS Choir gave an acclaimed performance of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children. Giedrius Pavilionis has also conducted the Choir in a number of festivals and concerts. His vocal career includes the tenor part in Bach’s St. John Passion and other large-scale vocal-instrumental works.