History

 

trimitasEstablished in 1957 by composer and conductor Vitas Žilys as collective of Vilnius culture and recreation central park, the Lithuanian Wind Orchestra became the most popular and known collective of all times.

1964 was a year of change. When conductor Romas Balčiūnas stepped on the orchestra’s podium, the collective smartened up with colourful attire; its line-up grew up to 50 musicians; the programmes started featuring vocalists; the group of women-drummers was formed; the traditional classical repertoire was broadened to incorporate entertainment music. This year marked the beginning of staged parades with choreographic elements.

In 1966, the orchestra was honoured with the name Trimitas, and the following year it gained recognition in the former Soviet Union.

Its first step into the wide world – the World Youth Festival in Sofia in 1968. In 1971, Trimitas was endowed with the status of the state musical collective.

In 2009, Maestro Ugnius Vaiginis became the principal conductor of Trimitas.

Trimitas has recorded 12 LPs, 9 audiotapes, 9 CDs, and over 200 compositions for Lithuanian Radio archive.

Tours

EUROPE

Trimitas state wind orchestra has given concerts in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czeh Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany and Iceland.

SIBERIA

In Soviet times, Trimitas got a glimpse of Western Siberia from aboard of a ship on Ob, Tome and Chulym rivers, when fishing, performing in gloomy villages, taking photos in cemeteries of Lithuanian deportees and admiring the beautiful taiga.

EXOTIC LANDS

The epitome of socialist exotic – the journey to the Far East, visiting Komsomolsk-on-Amur; Khabarovsk and Birobidzhan, the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region, as well as republics of the Middle Asia.

THE CHILL

Unforgettable memory in the orchestra‘s touring history – the damaged buss on the route through the Kazakhstan steppe in the freezing temperature of minus 40 C.

THE MOST AWAITED

The most popular destinations – France (18 concerts), Germany (14 concerts) and Italy (7 concerts).

THE ARISTOCRAT

Among the first receptions in the West was the one in 1989, when after the concert the banquet was given at the Barnard Castle (Great Britain) where Trimitas was courtly greeted by the host Lord Barnard de Balliol.

THE AUDIENCE

The biggest orchestra festival held in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1993 was included in Guinness World Records. The festival hosted 11 thousand wind players. Trimitas garnered the first prize and golden medal.

Musicparade festival in Munich‘s Olympic Stadium (Germany) in 2009 was visited by 12 thousand viewers.

GRATITUDE

The gratitude tour Lithuania – Iceland 2006, during which the musicians had to live in tents, eat the food they brought with themselves and admire the rigorous nature of the island, was crowned with the reception at the residence of the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

DELEGATION

In 2004, Trimitas was a part of the government delegation led by President Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas to Dublin (Ireland) on occasion of Lithuania‘s accession to the European Union.