Ugnius Vaiginis (*1968)
Ugnius Vaiginis earned Master Degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied trumpet, conducting and educology under Eduardas Kuskinas and Romas Balčiūnas (at the time Lithuanian State Conservatory). Since 1986, he has worked with Jovaras children and youth orchestra. Since 1993, he has been the soloist – concertmaster and conductor’s assistant – of Lithuanian State Wind Instrument Orchestra Trimitas. Since 2009, he has served as the orchestra’s principal conductor.
In 2006, he led Trimitas at the International Festival of Musical Bands in Giulianova (Italy), where the orchestra became a laureate. Since 2008, the orchestra has regularly participated in Musikparade International Festival (Germany). In 2010, Vaiginis has been the principal conductor of Berlin Tattoo festival of the world orchestras (Germany). The same year Trimitas (principal conductor Ugnius Vaiginis) garnered Grand Prix at the Chopin International Festival (Poland). In 2011, Trimitas earned recognition at the International Band Festival (Norway). In 2010, Vaiginis has initiated Trimitas Lithuanian State Wind Instrument Orchestra Festival Resound You Trumpets and to this day is its coordinator and participant.
Vaiginis designed and led Trimitas in original classical, contemporary, sacred, jazz and popular music programmes featuring James Morrison (Australia), Steven Mead (Great Britain), Sergei Nakariakov (France) and Johnatan Warburton (Great Britain), collaborated with composers and conductors Jacob de Haan (The Netherlands), Jan van der Heide (The Netherlands), John Linch (USA), Bert Langeler (The Netherlands), Janis Purins (Latvia), Thomas C. Duffy (USA), Viacheslav Mikhnevich (Belarus) and Jorgen Jansen (Denmark).
Vaiginis presented projects with leading Lithuanian performers including Virgilijus Noreika, Vytautas Juozapaitis, Algirdas Budrys, Asta Krikščiūnaitė, Eduardas Kaniava, Rasa Juzukonytė, Judita Leitaitė, Edmundas Seilius, Merūnas Vitulskis, Vaidas Vyšniauskas and Marius Balčytis, collaborated with composers such as Algimantas Raudonikis, Teisutis Makačinas, Mikalojus Novikas, Rimantas Giedraitis, Zita Bružaitė, Antanas Kučinskas, Loreta Narvilaitė and Linas Rimša. In 2009, under the baton of Vaiginis Trimitas recorded CD of works by contemporary Lithuanian composers. In 2013, the leading Lithuanian soloists together with Trimitas led by Vaiginis recorded CD Kur aukštas klevas (Where the High Maple Tree) featuring Algimantas Raudonikis’ most beautiful songs.
Vaiginis takes active part in international seminars and master classes in Lithuania, Estonia, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, etc. He is a member of the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
Vaiginis regularly initiates and organises educational concerts, creative camps and workshops for children and youth in Lithuania.
In 2011, for his contributions to education of young generation Vaiginis received the note of gratitude from Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania. The same year he received the note of gratitude from Gintaras Steponavičius, the Minister of Education of the Republic of Lithuania, for his active and genuine involvement in the16th Baltic Countries Student Song and Dance Fest Gaudeamus.
In 2012, for his leadership and active creative work Vaiginis received the note of gratitude from Gintaras Steponavičius, the Minister of Education of the Republic of Lithuania. The same year he received the note of gratitude from Arūnas Gelūnas, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, for creative work, outstanding programmes, promulgation of stage art and contributions to Lithuanian culture.
In 2013, he created Europos fanfaros 2013 (European Fanfares 2013). The fanfares were performed on July 5 at the Vilnius University St. Johns’ Church Courtyard to mark the opening of the Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For this initiative Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, extended the note of gratitude and Medal of the President of the Republic of Lithuania.