Oboist Egils UPATNIEKS is the LNSO’s principal oboe since 2009. Recurrent winner of the LNSO musicians’ yearly poll for “Principal Musician of the Year”. Lecturer at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. Winner and laureate of international competitions. Member of the Denmark-based woodwind instrument quintet Carion since 2009. Member of the Latvian National Opera orchestra since 2010. Egils Upatnieks was the principal oboe of the orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga since its formation in 2006 until 2011. Formerly a frequent guest performer with Kremerata Baltica.