Romans Vanags Latvia
A graduate of Emils Darzins’ specialized music college and of the Department of Choir and Orchestra Conducting of Jazeps Vitols’ Latvian State Conservatory in Riga (currently named - Jazeps Vitols’ Latvian Academy of Music). He received diploma in choir conducting as well as in music pedagogy. In addition, he was studying also symphonic orchestra conducting. In 2003 he received professional master’s degree in music. Romans Vanags’ professional work has been connected with conducting and pedagogy.Romans Vanags has been the chief conductor of teachers’ choir named “Vanema” for years (1984-2004) and since 1990 he has been the principal conductor of the Latvian University female choir named “Minjona”. Since 1987 he has been chief conductor and artistic director of Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st. Music School boys’ choir,
1990-1993 the principal conductor of Jazeps Medins Music College Symphonic Orchestra. Since 1987 Romans Vanags was employed at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga as professor of choir conducting, 2005-2012 head of conducting department.
He has been the organizer of various courses for conductors in numerous countries around the world and also jury member of many international choral competitions. He has also been appointed as one of the chief conductors of the All Latvian Song Celebration (in 1993, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2013) and the Youth Song Festival (in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015) as well. Since 2008 he are also council member of World Choir Games (WCG) organization. Since 2012 assoc. prof. Romans Vanags are the artistic director of WCG 2014 in Riga. Since August 2014 Romans Vanags are Artistic director of Interkultur (Germany) organization and also chairman of the Latvian choral conductors’ board. The choirs conducted by Romans Vanags have won numerous awards at international competitions ( Arezzo, Debrecen, Tour, Varna, Powel River etc.) and made concert tours all over the world.
In 2008 Romans Vanags recieve the highest civil decoration in Latvia – the Three Star Order.
Since 2016 assoc. professor Romans Vanags has been aproved as guest professor in Beijing Central Conservatory of China.