Conductor, chorus master, composer, arranger.
Vladimir Konstantinov has vast experience in musical theatre and concert activities in many genres both in his native Lithuania and across Europe.
Vladimir is passionate about taking on projects where Jazz, Folk, Electronic and Rock music can be fused to the Classical tradition. The fusion of Rock and Classical music can be heard in his own compositions, for example, a concert setting of a Requiem mass for full symphony orchestra, soloists, mixed choir and Rock band.
As a conductor, Vladimir has performed an extensive range of works from Early Baroque through Classical and Contemporary music.
Vladimir’s professional career began at the tender age of 18 whilst still a student at the Lithuanian Music Academy being appointed to the post of Chorus Master at the Klaipeda Folks Opera where he quickly ascended to the conductor’s podium. One of his first appearances was at the premiere performance of a modern Lithuanian opera.
It is an apocryphal tale about the young musician who appears on stage having, urgently, to replace an established conductor. At the early point of his career, Vladimir had to shoulder the responsibility for and rescue of a tour scheduled to take in several Italian cities. This was for the West Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra performing programs embracing the works of Stravinsky, Wagner, Shostakovich, Rossini, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky.
Since 1991 Vladimir has held the position of Chief Chorus Master at the Klaipeda State Musical Theatre regularly conducting performances and concert programs.
During the theatre season performing operas and operettas, as conductor Vladimir has also worked on oratorios, such as, “Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher” by Honegger, “Carmina Burana” by Orff or “Oedipus Rex” by Stravinsky and Britten’s “War Requiem“.
Such masterpieces of 20th-century music appear in Vladimir’s repertoire alongside the likes of Mendelssohn’s “Elias”, Brahms’s “Ein Deutsches Requiem”, Caldara’s “Dies Irae”, Gluck’s “De Profundis” along with the “Requiems” of Mozart, Fauré and Verdi.
Such work inspired Vladimir to compose and conduct the performance of the aforementioned requiem mass, “Requiem Reborn”, which received enthusiastic feedback from both the audiences and critics alike. After its premiere, the work was released as a CD with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania and International Smetana’s Litomysl Opera Festival (Czech Republic).
Vladimir’s recent activities have found him engaged in staging a number of Broadway musicals. “Bonnie and Clyde”, “Nunsense” and “Chicago” have been amongst some recent successes. These have been performed at the Klaipeda State Musical Theatre and have been taken on tour nationally to wide audience appreciation.
Amongst a number of awards Vladimir has received is the Best Conductor’s Prize at an International Competition “C.A. Seghizzi”, (Italy, 1999).
For some twenty years Vladimir has been collaborating with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra orchestrating such works as, George Enescu’s “Konzertstück”, numerous Lithuanian classical pieces as well as being a prolific arranger for multiple programs of Classic Rock and Pop hits.
Vladimir relishes working on demanding and adventurous projects. He is keen to collaborate with and to conduct the works of younger composers. A recent example being a Jazz Oratorio by Jonas Jurkūnas for full symphony orchestra, solo Soprano, Mezzosoprano, Tenor and Bass, Mixed Choir, Children’s Choir and five Jazz instrumentalists.
Besides the complex orchestration, the score was marked by extremely complicated timing and rhythmic patterns.
As stated previously, Vladimir is passionate about the fusion of various genres and to join forces with musicians from multiple disciplines. Such fusions and collaborations have seen him working with the likes of Jazz and Rock musicians, DJs and visual artists.
Vladimir’s extensive list of original compositions includes an opera for children, other scores for music plays, chamber pieces, and songs. These have been professionally performed and staged both in Lithuania and internationally.
Vladimir’s recent musical score for the Michael Lane short film “Hands” received
the Best Music Award at the Los Angeles Film Feedback Festival (May 2018).