Oskars BOKANOVS has been the principal double bass of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra since 2017. Winner of several international competitions for double bass players, including competitions in Brno (2010) and Blatná (2016); he also earned awards in competitions in Holice (2016, Czech Republic) and Wrocław (2016, Poland). Oskars received the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLAM) and Swedbank Annual Award for young musicians in 2014 when he was still a student.
Former member of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet orchestra. As a member of the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, Oskars has performed with Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, and Mario Brunello, among others. Solo performances with the Sinfonia concertante orchestra and the JVLAM SO. Presently, he is the double bass player of the band Arcandela and a member of the Riga Double Bass Quartet.
Oskars began his musical journey as a cellist at Emīls Dārziņš Music School. He started learning the double bass with Einārs Upatnieks, enrolled in the JVLAM, where he studied in the class of Sergejs Brīnums, and received a master’s degree from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, where he studied in the class of Miloslav Jelínek.