About Composer Krists Auznieks, Workshop Participant
Krists Auznieks is a composer whose music boldly explores systems and structures and yet retains transparency and clarity, while his commitment to repetition and static forms yields a musical experience reminiscent of sacred rituals and contemplative practices.
Auznieks’s work “I Exist As I Am” for Latvian Radio Choir was a Selected Work (under 30) at the International Rostrum of Composers in Finland and was broadcast on classical music radios worldwide. He has worked with Antico Moderno, Sandbox Percussion, Yale Philharmonia, Albany Symphony, David Kweksilber Big Band, Claron McFadden, Modelo62, Slagwerk Den Haag, Brendan Faegre Edge Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, vocal groups Framest and Anima Solla. His chamber opera “Solar Wind” was featured in Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014 festival and broadcast on the Latvian national radio.
His works have been performed at Beijing National Arts Centre, Shanghai City Theatre, Amsterdam Muziekgebouw and featured in Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Ereprijs YCM, Druskomanija, Riga A Capella Festival, New Music New Haven and others. A scholarship recipient from the American Academy of Fontainebleau, France, Krists was also a Composition Fellow at Bennington Chamber Music Conference 2015, Vermont.
Receiving his BA from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, also having studied extensively at The Hague Institute of Sonology, Krists is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Yale School of Music with David Lang, Hannah Lash and Martin Bresnick where he will continue at the doctoral program in September.
His second opera, “NeoArctic”, in collaboration with Danish multi-media company “Hotel Pro Forma”, British techno producer Andy Stott and Icelandic poet Sjon will be premiered at Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark and Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre, Latvia in Fall 2016.