> Karolis Variakojis
Karolis Variakojis is a conductor from Vilnius with a passion for both classical and contemporary music. He was taught meticulous conducting technique by Professor Juozas Domarkas at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, himself a student of the legendary educator Ilja Musin. This technique has served him well working with professional orchestras and driving the musical development of contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis.
In the Lithuanian music scene, Karolis is the first-choice conductor when contemporary music is involved, most valued for his ability to adapt to the demands of different genres within the world of classical music: from conducting full-scale orchestras and preparing opera singers, to dealing with multimedia performances, extended techniques and extra-musical performance.