26.04.–05.05.2024 / Tartu
Andrius Maslekovas

The work of Andrius Maslekovas (b. 1985) covers scholarly and artistic fields. The composer defended his artistic research project Structural and Prestructural Compositional Aspects of Sonoristic Music in 2016 and received a doctorate of musical arts. His desire to explore the properties of sound and discover his own is naturally reflected in his compositions, the central element of which is precisely the quality of sound. Maslekovas studied composition at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT) in the class of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marius Baranauskas and Assoc. Prof. Raminta Šerkšnytė, and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in the class of Henrik Hellstenius. He completed his doctoral studies of musical arts at the LAMT (supervisor Assoc. Prof. Raminta Šerkšnytė and Prof. Dr. Rimantas Janeliauskas) in 2016. The composer further developed his mastery in courses and private lessons with Johannes-Maria Staud, Yannis Kyriakides, Rytis Mažulis, Staffan Mossenmark, Ole Buck, Ørjan Matre, Mārtiņš Viļums, Adam Melvin and others.

His compositions have won awards in international and local competitions. Saraswati Mantra (2008) for mixed choir was awarded second prize in the choral competition Vox Juventutis. Incantation of the Freezing Haze (2013) for flute solo won a special prize in a competition of works for wind instruments organised by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union. The composer’s music has been judged in two international competitions in 2020: Waters-Reflections-Haiku (2020) for small symphony orchestra won the third prize in the competition Future Symphony, and the work for piano Splinters of Broken Silence (2018) won the third prize in the She Lives. Budapest Prize. Maslekovas’ music has been performed at the Lithuanian festivals Jauna Muzika, Kontaktas, Iš Arti, Druskomanija, Vilniaus Veidai and also at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Vinterlyd (Norway), Two Days and Two Nights of New Music (Ukraine) and others. His chamber music is performed by some of the most prominent Lithuanian and international contemporary music ensembles today: Dimitrios Polisoidis and Gerald Preinfalk (members of Klangforum Wien), Synaesthesis, Twenty Fingers Duo and Trio Claviola, and his large-scale compositions have been performed by the main Lithuanian orchestras and choirs, including the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and the Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika.

His music goes hand in hand with his research. Maslekovas has published articles in Lithuanian and in English in such journals as Principles of Music Composing (2014, 2015, 2018) and Lithuanian Musicology (2017). As a scholar, he reviews scientific papers and organises Principles of Music Composing, an annual international conference on music theory.