Faustas Latėnas - composer, mainly working with famous theatre directors Rimas Tuminas and Eimuntas Nekrošius. Laureate of the National Lithuanian Arts and Culture Award and International Stanislavsky Theatre Award. The Advisor for Culture to the Prime Minister. 

Born in 1956, Faustas Latėnas graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1975. In 1979-1989 was working as a Music Director of The Lele Puppet Theatre (Vilnius) and in 1989-1991 was the Director of the theatre.

In 1991-1995 Latenas worked as a Music Director of The Vilnius Little Theatre, in 1995-1996 became Artistic Director, and in 2005-2005 was working both as a Music and Artistic Director as well.  

In 1996-1997 Faustas Latenas worked at The National Lithuanian Drama Theatre and from 1999 to 2000 was its Managing Director.

In 1996 and in 2005-2006 Latenas was the Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs, in 1997-1999 – the State Cultural Affairs Advisor, and in 2006 became the Advisor to the Prime Minister.
In 2012 - Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Lithuania in the Russian Federation.

Faustas Latenas has created numerous compositions both for orchestra and individual instruments as well, chamber music, vocal and choral pieces, etc. He has also written music for numerous music and television films and documentaries.

He composes symphonic, chamber and vocal music.  He has written special compositions for over 200 stage plays, over 20 films and TV performances and won several international competitions.  In 1995 he was awarded the St Christopher Prize as best composer for his music for another of the Small State Theatre of Vilnius’ productions, Smile Upon us Lord.  In 2000 he received the award of Russian theatre Chayka for his music for the performance directed by Rimas Tuminas Playing Schiller at Sovremennik Theatre. Latėnas is a permanent collaborator and congenial of Tuminas, he often travels together with Tuminas, composing music for his guest director performances abroad. 

 

 

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