Biography
and repertoire

Education

Jānis Liepiņš earned bachelor’s degrees in choral and orchestral conducting at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. He has participated in masterclasses with Colin Metters and Lutz Köhler, in addition to ERASMUS studies at the Berlin University of the Arts.

As a student, Liepiņš was named the winner of the Teodors Reiters Choral Conducting Competition in 2007 and the 5th Choral Conducting Competition "Towards Polyphony" in Poland in 2008. In 2012, he received an award for young artists from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.

In 2018, Liepiņš assisted Daniel Oren in a concert production of Verdi’s Ernani at the Latvian National Opera. He also served as an assistant to Alexander Vedernikov in a production of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades as part of the Savonlinna Opera Festival in 2017.

Early career

Early career

Jānis Liepiņš served as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Youth Choir Kamēr… from 2012 to 2018. His accomplishments were recognized in 2013 with the highest achievement bestowed upon Latvian musicians, a Great Music Award as the year’s best new artist. He was also honored with an Annual Award in Culture from Diena, Latvia’s largest daily newspaper.

As chief conductor of Kamēr…, he led the choir to victories in the European Choral Grand Prix in Arezzo in 2013, the V International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition in Helsinki in 2016, the Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest in 2016, and the International Habaneras and Polyphony Contest in Torrevieja, Spain in 2017.

Beginning in the 2014-2015 season, Liepiņš has worked as a conductor at the Latvian National Opera and Ballet.

Opera and Ballet

During his time at the Latvian National Opera and Ballet (LNOB), Liepiņš has led repertory performances of works including Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Additionally, he has served as Musical Director for several LNOB productions including Bizet’s Carmen, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Glazunov’s Raymonda, and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. In 2019, Liepiņš led a production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci together with the rarely-performed L’incantesimo of Italo Montemezzi. The production was broadcasted by ARTE as part of their 2019 opera season.

Opera and Ballet

Guest conducting

Guest conducting

Jānis Liepiņš made his debut with the Russian National Symphony Orchestra in 2017. He will lead the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Philharmonic Chorus in Haydn's Creation later in 2019. Liepiņš makes regular guest appearances with the professional orchestras of Latvia including the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonietta Riga. In 2019, Liepiņš made his debut at the Mannheim National Theater with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Opera and Ballet
Repertoire conducted

*Studied or under preparation

Puccini

Puccini

Madama Butterfly

La Rondine

Le Villi

Gianni Schicchi

Verdi

Verdi

Ernani

II Trovatore

wagner

Wagner

The Flying Dutchman

Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin

The Queen of Spades

Bizet

Bizet

Carmen

Strauss

Strauss II

Die Fledermaus

Stravinsky

Stravinsky

The Rake’s Progress

Prokofiev

Prokofiev

Romeo & Juliet

Leoncavallo

Leoncavallo

Pagliacci

Mozart

Mozart

*Die Zauberflote

*Don Giovanni

*Le nozze di Figaro

Gershwin

Gershwin

*Porgy and Bess

Poulenc

Poulenc

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Montemezzi

Montemezzi

L'incantesimo

Humperdinck

Humperdinck

*Hansel und Gretel

Glazunov

Glazunov

Raymonda

Ludwig Minkus

Minkus

Le Bayadere

Zigmars Liepins

Liepins

The Rose of Turaida

Notre-Dame de Paris

Karlsons

Karlsons

Antonija #Silmači

Symphonic Repertoire
conducted

*Studied or under preparation

Bartok

Bartok

*Concerto for Orchestra

Beethoven

Beethoven

*Symphony No. 3

*Symphony No. 5

*Symphony No. 6

*Symphony No. 7

Symphony No. 9

*Egmont ouverture

Bernstein

Bernstein

An American in Paris

Mass

Wonderful Town

*Chichester Psalms

Three dance episodes from "On The Town"

Brahms

Brahms

*Symphonies No. 1 - 4

Britten

Britten

*War Requiem

Copland

Copland

*Appalachian spring

Debussy

Debussy

*Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

dutilleux

Dutilleux

Cello concerto “Tout un monde Lointain”

Dovrak

Dvorak

Cello concerto

Faure

Faure

Requiem

franck

Franck

Symphony in D minor

Grieg

Grieg

“Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1

Haydn

Haydn

Symphony No. 104

Honegger

Honegger

Pacific 231

ives

Ives

The unanswered question

janulyte

Janulyte

Observation of Clouds

Kalnins

Kalnins

Symphony No. 4

Kodaly

Kodaly

Dances of Galanta

korngold

Korngold

Violin concerto

Haydn

Liepins

Transcendental Oratorio

Violin concerto

Mahler

Mahler

Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 8

Mozart

Mozart

Piano concerto No. 25

Mussorgsky

Mussorgsky

*Pictures at an Exhibition

*Night on Bald Mountain

Piazzolla

Piazzolla

Bandoneon concerto

Prokofiev

Prokofiev

Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 7

Puccini

Puccini

Messa di Gloria

Ravel

Ravel

Piano concerto G major

Rimsky

Rimsky-Korsakov

Scheherezade and Her Tales

Rossini

Rossini

The Barber of Seville overture

schubert

Schubert

*Symphony No. 8

shostakovich

Shostakovich

*Symphony No. 1

Strauss

R. Strauss

*Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

*Ariadne auf Naxos

Stravinsky

Stravinsky

Dumbarton oaks

Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky

Serenade for strings

Symphony No. 4

Rimsky

Vasks

Cello concerto No. 1

Cello concerto No. 2 “Klātbūtne”

Violin concerto “Tālā gaisma”

verdi

Verdi

*Requiem

wagner

Wagner

“Tristan und Isolde”
Prelude and Liebestod