Anatolijus Šenderovas is one of Lithuania’s most prominent composers. Šenderovas, who does not adhere to a single method of composition, is the author of three staged ballets, three symphonies, one oratorio, seven solo concertos (three for cello and concertos for violin, guitar, accordion and percussion) and a wide range of symphonic, vocal and chamber music as well as music for plays and films.
His music is characterized by moderately modern language and bright emotionality and dedicates a lot of attention to sacred themes. His pieces, which fit perfectly into the context of European new music, have been performed at more than 50 international music festivals and concert halls worldwide. He has also been invited to many music festivals as a composer-in-residence and guest composer.
Šenderovas graduated from the Lithuanian Conservatory (now the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) in 1967, where he had studied with Professor Eduardas Balsys while simultaneously studying composition at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Professor Orest Yevlakhov (a former student of Dmitri Shostakovich).
The composer has received numerous prestigious awards for his works, including the Lithuanian National Prize, the country’s highest recognition for excellence in the arts. He was awarded the European Composer’s Prize at the Europäischer Musiksommer Berlin in 2002 (for his Concerto in Do for cello and symphony orchestra, dedicated to the famous cellist David Geringas) and the Creative Award and Gold Medal by the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2008. He is also a recipient of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas (1995) and of the Order for Merits to Lithuania (2006).