Musical director of the Berlin Comic Opera AINĀRS RUBIĶIS graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music; he gained international attention in 2010 with a victory in 3rd. Gustav Mahler International Conductors’ Competition in Vienna. In 2011 he received the Nestlé and Salzburg New Conductors Festival Award. From 2012 to 2014, Ainārs Rubiķis was the musical director of the Novosibirsk State Opera. He received the prestigious Golden Mask Award for Bernstein’s “Mesa” production in the category of best conductor. Successfully collaborated with outstanding bands – Barcelona Lyceum Opera, The Grand Theatre in Moscow, Wales National Opera, Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Finnish National Opera, Poznan Philharmonic, New National Tokyo Theatre, Poznan Philharmonic, Ildefran National, Hamburg Symphony, Toronto, Melbourne, Lucerne, Estonian Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Foundation, Jyväskylä Sinfonia etc.