Rolands Kronlaks was born in Liepāja on March 20, 1973. He studied composition with Tamāra Kalna at Jāzeps Mediņš Secondary Music School and with Ģederts Ramans at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA), graduating the Academy in 1996. After postgraduate studies at JVLMA with professor Juris Karlsons he obtained his Master’s diploma in 2002. Rolands Kronlaks completed IRCAM composition and electronic music courses in Paris, where he studied with Phillipe Hurel, Marco Stroppa, Brian Ferneyhough and others (1998–1999). He took part in young composers’ seminars at Ivanov (Russia, 1996–1997) and studied with David Rowland at Enschede Conservatory in the Netherlands in frames of the TEMPUS program (1997). Rolands Kronlaks participated in Franco Donatoni’s masterclass in Mexico (1998) and, under the Royaumont Foundation Program Voix nouvelles studied at the Abbey of Royaumont (France) with Brian Ferneyhough, José Evangelista, and Jean-Luc Hervé (2000). From 2004 to 2006 he studied composition with Hanspeter Kyburz and electroacoustic music with Wolfgang Heiniger at Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.
Compositions of Rolands Kronlaks have been performed in concerts and festivals in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany and France by such musical units as Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Nieuw Ensemble, Court-Circuit Ensemble, The Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonieta Rīga and others.
Rolands is a member of JVLMA Composition Department and teaches composition, contemporary composition techniques, electroacoustic music and contemporary music notation. Since 2007 Rolands Kronlaks pursues doctoral studies at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music under the supervision of professor Jeļena Ļebedeva. His research topic is related to the manifestations of self-similarity and biological growth phenomena in the contemporary composition techniques.