Normunds Dreģis

Normunds Dreģis is a conductor at the Latvian National Opera (since 1996), artistic director of J?zeps Mediņš Riga 1st Music School chamber orchestra
Armonico and chief conductor of Emīls D?rziņš Music High School Symphony Orchestra (Riga, Latvia).

He is also an alderman of Riga Latvian Society (since 2011) and a member of the Latvian Theatre Union (since 2005).

His academic degrees include the MA in Music (2003), BA in symphonic orchestra conducting with prof. Viesturs Gailis (1997) and BA in choir conducting with prof. Imants Kokars (1992); all awarded by J?zeps Vītols Latvia Academy of Music.

The professional competence was upgraded by prof. Volker Wangenheim at the Cologne Music Academy, Germany (1997-1998), prof. Eri Klaas at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland (1995) and master classes with prof. Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany (1992).

Normunds Dreģis was a lecturer at the J?zeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (2008-2010), chief conductor at the Riga Musical Theatre (1994-1996), conductor of its orchestra (1992-1994). He founded a sacred music choir Arcus and was its artistic director (1990-1993). He was artistic director and chief conductor of the youth choir Balti of Saldus district (1988-1992).

Conductor collaborated with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liep?ja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia), the New Rhine Chamber Orchestra (Cologne, Germany), South-Westphalen Philharmonie-Orchestra (Germany) and early music ensemble Ludus (Riga, Latvia).

He has given concerts in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and England.

Conducted many recordings including Ecumenic Christmas (2007),

Armonico (2007), the recordings of classical operettas (1995) and sacred music recordings  (1993) for the Latvian Radio.

Pedagogue and conductor of chamber orchestra in the Latvian International Young Musician’s workshop (since 2004).

With the chamber orchestra Armonico he gained the Laureate diploma in 3rd International festival-competition of chamber music Fiori Musicali in Šiauliai (Lithuania, 2011), 1st degree diploma in the symphony and chamber orchestra festival-competition for Latvian educational institutions (2008) and 1st place in the Latvian state music school chamber orchestra competition (2004).

Conductor’s creative work has been awarded with the paper of honor by the City Council of Riga (2007) and the Latvian Ministry of Culture (2004).

Normunds Dreģis has been a scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Society (1997) and an award winner at J?zeps Vītols International Conductors Contest (1988).

Conductor's repertoire includes more than 20 operas, ballets and operettas, including L. Delibes ballet Coppelia (1998, 2009), B. Asafjev ballet Fountain of Bakhchisaray (2008), ballet Gems (2007) production in Latvian National Opera as well J. Lūsēns The Birds’ Opera (2000, 2009), O. Hodosko Cinderella (2007), W.A.Mozart Cosi fan tutte (2002), G.Bizet Carmen (2001), W.A.Mozart The Magic Flute (2001), G.Rossini Il barbiere of Seviglia  (2001), W.A.Mozart Don Giovanni (2000), Z. Liepiņš opera Of rose and blood (2000), P.Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin  (1999) and Joh.Strauss ballet The Blue Danube (1997) in the Latvian National Opera.