Associate professor, Department of Choir Conducting
ANDRIS VEISMANIS graduated from the choir conducting department (the class of Prof. Imants Kokars) of the Latvian Academy of Music in 1990, received the degree of Master of Arts in 1995 (the class of Prof. Jānis Dūmiņš). He studied symphonic and opera conducting with Prof. Yuri Simonov and baroque music with William Christie.
He was the Principal Chorus Master of the Latvian National Opera from 1997 until 2006. Since 2006, he is a conductor at the Latvian National Opera. He was also the artistic leader of the chamber choir "Sacrum" from 1989 to 1997. Since 1995, Andris Veismanis is conductor of the Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra.
Among his best productions are Dido and Aeneas and The Queen of Fairies by Henry Purcell, Alcina by Georg Friedrich Handel, Orfeo ed Euridice by Cristoph Willibald Gluck, The Birds` Opera by Jānis Lūsēns and Māra Zālīte, The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, Passions after St.John by Johann Sebastian Bach, oratorios Messiah and Saul by Georg Friedrich Handel.
He is laureate of the Latvian Great Music Award in 1993 for Dido and Aeneas staged by the Avantgarde Academy and in 1998 for Alcina staged at the Latvian National Opera.