Biography

Arvydas Kazlauskas (b. 1982) is one of the leading saxophone players in Latvia. Trained as an academic musician, Arvydas doesn‘t limit himself to only „serious“ / classical music, and he‘s known for his creative curiosity. Arvydas is always up for unexpected musical adventures resulting in collaborations with musicians of other genres and explorations of yet-unknown musical territories. Arvydas Kazlauskas‘ playing has been described as having „(…) exceptionally high qualities in sound, articulation and emotional nuances(…)“. (A.Znotiņš, Diena). Arvydas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he received his basic musical education. Then he graduated from Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia, with additional Erasmus studies at Universitat der Kunste Berlin with Johannes Ernst. Arvydas has participated in a number of masterclasses with such artists as Arno Bornkamp, Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Joel Versavaud and Daniel Gauthier. A.Kazlauskas is a prize winner of number of international saxophone competitions: The International Hillar Kareva Contest for Saxophonists and Trumpeters ( 2003, Tallinn; 1st prize), Jurjanu Andrejs 3d International Competition “Woodwind Instruments” (2005, Riga; Grand Prix), 3rd international saxophone competition “Alps – Adria – Danube” (2005, Nova Gorica; 2nd prize). Arvydas has collaborated with singers Gunta Davidcuka and Baiba Berke, pianists Reinis Zarins and Agnese Eglina, Sinfonietta Riga string quartet, Dirt Nonet, DJ Kri. Arvydas was a member of Riga Saxophone Quartet from 2006-2013, during which time he gave a number of premier performances by latvian composers such as Rihards Dubra, Liga Celma, Valdis Muktupavels, Nic Gotham and others. As a soloist Arvydas has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian State chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga, professional Woodwind Orchestra Riga, Orchestra Sinfonia Concertante and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician or a soloist he has performed in Poland, Lithuania, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Romania, and Bulgaria. Arvydas is a docent of saxophone at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He has given masterclasses in Udine (Italy), Vilnius (Lithuania), Dublin (Ireland), Jerusalem (Israel). For three years he was a saxophone teacher in the Erasmus Intensive Student Programme Brass & Jazz (2011-2013 Riga, Latvia). He has collabarated with such Latvian composers as Rolands Kronlaks, Vineta Līce, Andris Dzenītis, Edgars Raginskis, Līga Celma, Linda Leimane. Arvydas has also premiered pieces by Juste Janulyte, Gabriel Jackson and Jachin Pousson. In 2014 A.Kazlauskas, together with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (cond. Normunds Sne), premiered Andris Dzenītis’ saxophone concerto E(GO), which later received Latvian “Great Music Award” in the category “The New Piece Of The Year”.