St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

The Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (Artistic Director and Chief Conductor: Modestas Barkauskas; Honorary Conductor: Donatas Katkus) is a collective known for its versatility, professionalism, and artistic imagination. The orchestra is a welcome guest not only in the prestigious concert halls of Lithuania but also abroad, such as the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Reykjavik Harpa, Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the Royal Palace of Warsaw, St. Petersburg’s Glinka Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, to name a few.

The orchestra was formed in 1994 by the initiative of prof. Donatas Katkus who implemented the idea of setting up a baroque orchestra. There was little experience of performing music from this period in Lithuania at the time where most musicians had been trained based on the principles of the Russian romantic school. In February of the same year, talented young musicians from Vilnius gathered in the first dress rehearsal. In 1995 the ensemble was named after St. Christopher, the patron of Vilnius and travelers, in a ceremony directed by Monsignor Kazimieras Vasiliauskas at the Vilnius Cathedral.

From the first days of life of the orchestra, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra has worked with great intensity gaining wide recognition in Lithuania and abroad. The orchestra has successfully represented Lithuania at international festivals, such as Strefa Ciszy, Pärnu (Estonia), Europäisches Musikfest Münsterland, Cascade, Mystik und Maschine, Berlin Jazz, Hermann Hesse (Germany), Berlioz (France), Reykholt Chamber Music Festival (Iceland) and others; and in concert halls: Boston Symphony Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic, The Konzerthaus Berlin, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic. The orchestra cooperates with well-known Lithuanian and foreign collectives and soloists, including Kerstin Avemo (soprano), Charles Castronovo (tenor), Violeta Urmana (soprano), Alfredo Nigro (tenor), violonists Maksim Vengerov, Ivan Monighetti, Anton Barakhovsky, Jacques Israelievitch, Moti Shmidt, pianists Maria João Pires, Leonid Chizhik, Konstantin Lifschitz, Tamami Honma, Petras Geniušas, Julian Joseph, cellists David Geringas, Dominique de Williencourt, Marko Ylönen and Maria Kliegel, and also with Camilla Hoitenga (flute), Petras Vyšniauskas (saxophone), Linda Maxey (marimba), and others.


Being an orchestra of the City of Vilnius, the ensemble tries to maintain a broad view of the common good and constantly engages itself in various charity events organized for the welfare of the city. Members from various social groups are also included in the concert audience enabled through the donations granted by various organizations, such as the National Blood Center, Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, and the National Defence Volunteer Forces.



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Algirdas Martinaitis

Seasons and Serenades

(Works for String Orchestra)

Rūta Lipinaitytė, violin

Asta Krikščiūnaitė, soprano

St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra

Modestas Barkauskas, conductor

ODE 1398-2

Released 01/2022

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