Normunds Šnē

I believe that my work as a conductor has enabled me to understand the importance of finding a balance between the rational and the emotional. You can be as emotional as you like, but the orchestra may not respond. I dislike ostentation and disagree with the notion that a conductor has to put on a show – in my opinion the conductor is there to help the orchestra perform.

I think that any performance is a message, which each member of the audience must decipher. No work will have the same effect on all people - and that is the highest form of democracy, because everyone is entitled to his own interpretation. At the same time listening requires skill. The listener must be as open to the performance as the musician is to the score in front of hiI think that any performance is a message, which each member of the audience must decipher. No work will have the same effect on all people - and that is the highest form of democracy, because everyone is entitled to his own interpretation. At the same time listening requires skill. The listener must be as open to the performance as the musician is to the score in front of him.

 

Normunds Šnē
 

Education:

Studied the oboe and conducting at the Latvian Academy of Music
Studied the oboe at Jelgava Secondary Music School
 

Teachers:

Vilnis Pelnēns, Heinz Holliger, Tamara Fidler, Yuri Simonov, Jorma Panula and Imants Resnis
 

Oboist:

Since 2007 – professor of oboe at the Latvian Academy of Music
1978–1997 - second oboe in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Since secondary school – soloist and chamber musician
 

Conductor:

Since 2006 – Artistic Director of the State Chamber Orchestra “Sinfonietta Rīga”
Since 1999 – Founder and Artistic Director of the Riga Festival Orchestra
Since 1998 – Conductor at the Latvian National Opera
1987–2006 – Founder and Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra “Rīgas kamermūziķi”
1996–1998 – Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
1997–1998 – Guest conductor of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
 

Other experience:

Oboist, guitar-player and sound engineer for the progressive Latvian rock bands “Salve”, “Sīpoli”, “Pērkons” and “Marana”
Producer and mastering engineer for a variety of CD recordings
 

Performed together with:

Peter Donahoe, Isabelle Faust, Martin Fröst, Patrick Gallois, David Geringas, Tatyana Grindenko, Natalia Gutman, Gidon Kremer, Christian Lindberg, Truls Mjørk, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Terje Rypdal, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joe Zawinul and others
 

Performances outside Latvia:

Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden
 

Recordings:

20 CDs, produced by various record companies including ECM, BIS and BMG/Connifer
 

Awards:

Six-time recipient of the Latvian Great Music Award under different nominations
 

Hobby:

Passionate amateur radio operator (callsign YL3DQ), 1980 world champion, 2nd place in the 2006 European Championship, Member of the Board of the Latvian Amateur Radio League

W. A. Mozart - Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"
F. Mendellsohn - Symphony No. 3
Linda Leimane - Guesstimations
R. Strauss - Oboe Concerto
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