Andris Veismanis graduated from the Choir Conducting Department (the class of Prof. Imants Kokars) of the Latvian Academy of Music in 1990 and received the degree of Master of Arts in 1995 (the class of Prof. Jānis Dūmiņš). He studied symphonic and opera conducting with Yuri Simonov as well as majored in early music with clavecinist and conductor William Christie in Riga and Paris. Andris Veismanis was the Chief Chorus Master of the Latvian National Opera from 1997 until 2006. Since 2006, he is a conductor at the Latvian National Opera. He is also the artistic director of the chamber choir Sacrum and the Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Veismanis is one of the leading countertenors of Latvia, a connoisseur of Baroque and Classicism music. Among his best productions are Dido and Aeneas and The Queen of Fairies by Henry Purcell, Alcina and Rinaldo by Georg Friedrich Handel, Orfeo ed Euridice and Le cinesi by Cristoph Willibald Gluck, The Birds’ Opera by Jānis Lūsēns and Māra Zālīte, The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten. He is the winner of the Latvian Great Music Award in 1993 for Dido and Aeneas and in 1998 for Alcina. He often appears in works of baroque composers in churches of Latvia, participates in early music festivals in Riga and Rundāle, as well as participates in Cēsis Art Festival. In the New Hall of the Latvian National Opera under his baton such operas as Maurice Ravel’s Enfant et les sortilèges and Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amal and the Night Visitors have been produced. In his LNO repertoire there are also Don Giovanni, Rusalka, and Le nozze di Figaro. He also took part in the musical staging of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Siegfried at the LNO. Mr. Veismanis frequently collaborates with the LNSO and chamber orchestras Kremerata Baltica and Sinfonietta Rīga. During his career the conductor has worked with many distinguished soloists like Elīna Garanča, Anna Netrebko, Monserrat Caballé, Maija Kovaļevska, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Kristīne Opolais, Vestards Šimkus, Vineta Sareika, Iveta Apkalne, Anton Lyakhovsky a. o. Apart from professional orchestras he has prepared several programmes for Latvian youth orchestras. Mr. Veismanis is professor of choir conducting at the Latvian Academy of Music and works also as a private solo singing tutor.