Invited artists / Ignas Mažvila

Ignas Mažvila

Ignas Mažvila (bassoon) was born into a family of musicians in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1985. Early studies took him from the National Mikalojus-Konstantinas-Čiurlionis-School of Arts with Alfonsas Ančerevičius to the Malmö Academy of Music with Prof. Asger Svendsen, to the UDK in Berlin with Prof. Eckart Hübner and the MUHO Mannheim with Prof. Ole Kristian Dahl.

After winning three National Woodwind Competitions in Lithuania in 1999, 2001 and 2003 he went on to win the Special Prize for best modern music performing in the International Chamber Music Competition in Klaipeda. Subsequent prizes include 1st prize in Kiev, Ukraine in the Bassoon Competition "XXIst Century Art" and 2nd prize in Danish National P2 Chamber Music Competition with his woodwind quintet “Mazvila Winds”.

As a chamber musician, his name has appeared in such festivals as Lockenhaus in Austria, playing in chamber ensembles like “Black Diamond”, “The Royal Danish Octet”, playing with artists like Gidon Kremer, Alois Posch, Zora Slokar, Mate Bekavac, Dora Seres etc.

Ignas has worked extensively as Guest Principal bassoon with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, the New European Ensemble, EU Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

He has also held the position of Principal Bassoon with the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (2004-2005), Co-Principal with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (2005-2006), Principal Bassoon in Malmö Opera (2007-2008 and 2010), Principal Bassoon position in Danish National Chamber Orchestra (2010-2015).

Since 2016 Ignas has been Principal Bassoon in the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.