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ANDRIS VECUMNIEKS is a composer, conductor, lecturer, teacher, and a professor at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA). Music director of the chamber orchestra Sinfonia Concertante. Together with LeNeSOn, he is in charge of the LNSO concert series for children. Conductor of the Emīls Dārziņš Music School Symphony Orchestra. Guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Culture and Daugavpils University.

Vecumnieks has worked as a teacher of music theory and deputy principal for education at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School. He later earned the position of Dean and Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs (2002-2008) at the JVLMA and also became the music director of the JVLMA Symphony Orchestra (2004–2018). Vecumnieks frequently conducts the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in concert in Berlin, Rostock, Münster, Tashkent, and Novosibirsk. He also leads international workshops. Vecumnieks received a PhD in 2015 for his thesis Theatricality phenomenon in music. Theatre Space of Juris Karlsons.

Andris Vecumnieks studied composition with Ģederts Ramans both at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School and at JVLMA, from where he received his bachelor’s degree. Vecumnieks got his master’s degree in composition from the Pēteris Plakidis class (1992). After that, he continued his education at the Stockholm Royal Music School with Sven David Sandström. In 2001, he received the diploma of a symphony orchestra conductor from the class of Viesturs Gailis. Vecumnieks has participated in several international composition competitions; has been a laureate of choral and chamber music competitions and recipient of a diploma at the Sergei Prokofiev 4th International Conducting Competition in St Petersburg (2003).