The 2014/2015 season saw the beginning of Jānis LIEPIŅŠ collaboration with the Latvian National Opera, where he has conducted Verdi’s opera Il trovatore, Puccini’s Le villi. Gianni Schicchi, Strauss’s operetta Die Fledermaus, Bizet’s Carmen, Zigmars Liepiņš’ The Rose of Turaida, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and ballets Raymonda and Romeo and Juliet. Liepiņš is the music director and conductor of Italo Montemezzi and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s operas L’incantesimo. Pagliacci to premiere in February, 2019.
The young musician’s achievements have been rewarded with Latvia’s Grand Music Award 2013 in the category New Artist of the Year and with the Annual Award in Culture of the newspaper Diena in 2013.
Jānis Liepiņš was the leader of the choir Kamēr… from 2012 to 2018, bringing the choir on several concert tours and competitions abroad, earning the Grand Prix in prestigious choral competitions. The choir Kamēr… album Mēness dziesmas (The Moon Songs), recorded with Jānis as the conductor, received the Latvian annual music record award Zelta mikrofons (The Golden Microphone). To commemorate the choir’s partnership with artist Ilmārs Blumbergs, who designed the choir’s logo and most of the choir’s album art, a unique concert
exhibition Kalpotājs. Blumbergs. Kamēr… (The Servant. Blumbergs. Kamēr…) was organised in 2018, earning a Grand Music Award 2018 nomination.
Jānis Liepiņš earned his bachelor’s degree from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) in the class of Jānis Lindenbergs. He completed his studies in symphony orchestra conducting at the JVLMA in the class of Imants Resnis. Jānis mastered important skills in workshops in Liepāja with the outstanding professor at London Royal Academy of Music Colin Metters, and during a year of studies in Berlin with the esteemed master of conducting Lutz Köhler.