Viktoras Miniotas

composer

 

Biography

Viktoras Miniotas (b.1963) studied composition at the Petrozavodsk Branch of the Leningrad Conservatory with Prof. E. Patlaenko. After graduating in 1990, he taught music theory at the Art Institute in Krasnoyarsk (1992-94) and was chair of the Young Musicians' Association (1992-96).

He has participated in a number of international music festivals, including "New Art Territories" in Krasnoyarsk (1993), "Richard Wagner and the 20th Century" in St. Petersburg (1993), "Jauna muzika" in Vilnius (1998), 9 th and 11th Contemporary music festivals ‘’Gaida’’(Vilnius 1999, 2001), and 21th Contemporary music festival ‘’Moscow Autumn’’ (1999) . Among his most significant artistic achievements are the Krasnoyarsk Regional Prize (1994), Russian Presidential Scholarship (1996), Scholarship of the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture (1997), award at the Chamber Music Competition of the Lithuanian Music Fund (1998), and the second prize at the Sergey Prokofiev International Composition Competition (1999).

Viktoras Miniotas found himself in the context of Lithuanian music in the middle of 1990s, when he moved with his family from Russia to Lithuania. The talented composer became quite actively involved in contemporary music festivals, wrote several new compositions basically on religious themes. In Miniotas' works one can feel particularly meticulous selection of the musical material sometimes approaching minimalist expression. Its meditative sound is often juxtaposed with an expressive manner of talking, which achieves a dramatic effect in culminations. At the present time the composer serves at the Russian Orthodox monastery and the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius.

   

Principal works:

Symphony for choir and orchestra (1989), Symphony for piano and orchestra (1991),  Two Piano concertos (1987,1990), Violin Concerto (1991), “Concerdeon” for bajan and orchestra (1993), “ Variacions E.G.” for piano and orchestra (1998), “ Hymnologie III” for orchestra (1997), “Messa da camera” for bass, piano, harpsichord,accordion and double-bass (1998), “ Con amore”for tenor, celesta, vibraphone, harp, violin, viola and cello ( text from the Bible, 1998), Symphony for four strings” for cello solo, piano, harpsichord, harp, electro-guitar and percussions (2000),

Two strings quartets (1982,1984),  Four sonatas for piano (1984,1991,1994,2013), “ “Tikhotvorenije” for bass and bajan (v. by J. Brodsky, 1993), “ Diary of a Lonely Violin” (1997), “De profundis” for viola and ensemble (1999),  “ Variants” for cello and piano (2001),

Chants of the Orhodox Church in old-slavonic and Lithuanian (2004-2015), “Exlibris I” for organ (2006),  “Ektenion” for choir and ensemble (2007),  “Exlibris III” for two pianos (2013), the children‘s operas „ The Good Shepherd“, „The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats“, „The Hare‘s Hut“, „The Three Little Pigs“, „Thumbelina“ ( 2010-2015), vocal and animation movies music.




Suite


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1984

12′



Two-part Sonata


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1984

12′



Suite allegro


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1986

10′



Concerto No. 1


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1987

18′



Sonata


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1987

15′



Two Japanese Fables


  (Lyrics: Arseny Tarkovsky; Language: Russian)

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1987

05′



Four Pieces


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1988

10′



Two Sonnets of Shakespeare

  (Lyrics: William Shakespeare; Language: Russian)

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1988

05′



Igor Severianin

  (Lyrics: Igor Severianin; Language: Russian)

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1989

35′



Sonata


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1989

28′



Last Songs

 (Lyrics: Anna Akhmatova; Language: Russian)

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1989

13′



Concerto No. 2


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1990

25′



Concerto


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1991

29′



Symphony


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1991

30′



Sonata No. 2


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1991

14′



Four Fragments from Fiodor Sologub

 (Lyrics: Fiodor Sologub; Language: Russian)

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1991

09′



For You We Sing

  (Lyrics: Liturgical; Language: Russian)

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1991

04′



Musica leggiera


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1992

16′



Come, Let's Worship the Lord

  (Lyrics: Liturgical; Language: Russian)

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1992

08′



Concordeon


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1993

16′



Tikhotvorenie

  (Lyrics: Josif Brodsky; Language: Russian)

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1993

15′



Sonata No. 3


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1994

35′



Hymnology III


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1997

13′



Variations E.G.


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1997

14′



Diary of the Lonely Violin


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1997

12′



Con amore

  (Lyrics: from The Song of Songs; Language: Lithuanian)

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1998

12′



Messa da camera

  (Lyrics: Liturgical; Language: Latin)

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1998

40′



De profundis


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1999

13′



Four-string Symphony


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1999

35′



Variants


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2001

08′



Ex libris 1


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2006

11′



Ektenion

  (Lyrics: Kyrie eleison; Language: 33 languages)

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2007

13′30″



Mermaid


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2015

10′



Chants

  (Lyrics: Liturgical; Language: Lithuanian)

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Cuckoo


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Fir


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03′



Ex libris 3


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14′



I Will Weave a Wreath for Me

  (Lyrics: Salomėja Nėris; Language: Lithuanian)

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03′



Tetracordium


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12′30″



Summer Is Gone!

  (Lyrics: Salomėja Nėris; Language: Lithuanian)

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03′



Caravan


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