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Peteris Vasks (Composer)

Born: 16th April 1946, Aizpute, Latvia

Nationality: Latvian

Pēteris Vasks is a Latvian composer. He trained as a violinist at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, as a double-bass player with Vitautas Sereikaan at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and played in several Latvian orchestras before entering the State Conservatory in Vilnius in the neighboring Lithuania to study composition with Valentin Utkin, as he was prevented from doing this in Latvia due to Soviet repressive policy toward Baptists. He started to become known outside Latvia in the 1990s, when Gidon Kremer started championing his works and now is one of the most influential and praised European contemporary composers.

Further Reading: Vasks

 Interview, Pēteris Vasks

The Latvian composer talks to David about his new album of choral works, featuring two large-scale liturgical compositions and written as a centenary present to his country.

 Recording of the Week, Sol Gabetta plays Pēteris Vasks

David listens to cello works by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, performed by Sol Gabetta.

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