Ainārs Rubiķis is a symphony orchestra and opera conductor enjoying a flourishing career; he is sought-after in Europe, the USA, Russia, and Australia. Music director of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2018. Winter, 2019, sees him working on Dvořák’s opera Rusalka at Moscow Bolshoi Theatre.
Ainārs Rubiķis was the music director and chief conductor at the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2012 to 2014. He has conducted productions at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (Boris Godunov), Liceu Opera in Barcelona (Carmen); Passionstheater in Oberammergau (Nabucco, Der fliegende Holländer), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Carmen), Theater Basel (The Force of Destiny), Finnish National Opera (La traviata).
Ainārs staged Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin in late 2016 at the Latvian National Opera, where he also produced Kristaps Pētersons’ opera Mikhail and Mikhail Play Chesswith conductor Atvars Lakstīgala in spring, 2014.
Ainārs Rubiķis is the laureate of several international competitions. First place in Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition (2010) and the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award (2011) unlocked international career opportunities for Ainārs.
The production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass in Novosibirsk in 2013 was tremendously successful, earning the Golden Mask award for Ainārs as best conductor.
Ainārs Rubiķis has been the leader of several renowned amateur choirs in Latvia, he is former member and assistant conductor of the Latvian Radio Choir.