Krists Auznieks is a composer whose music boldly explores systems and structures and yet retains transparency and clarity, while his commitment to repetition and static forms yields a musical experience reminiscent of rituals and contemplation of the sacred.
His work I Exist As I Am, chosen to represent Latvia in UNESCO Rostrum of Composers 2014 in Finland, received a recommendation in composers under 30 category and was broadcast on classical music radios worldwide. His opera Solar Wind (libretto by Latvian poets Inga Ābele and Edvīns Raups), commissioned by “Latvijas Koncerti” for Riga - Culture Capital of Europe 2014, was broadcast on Latvian National Radio 3. Currently he is working on his latest multi- media work NeoArctic for Latvian Radio Choir in collaboration with Danish production company Hotel Pro Forma, director Kirsten Dehlholm, Icelandic poet Sjon and Brittish techno producer Andy Stott to be performed in Fall, 2016 in Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen and Riga Russian Theatre, Latvia.
Krists has also worked with early music ensemble Antico Moderno (Boston), percussion quartet Sandbox Percussion (Brooklyn), Yale Philharmonia (New Haven, CT), David Kweksilber Big Band and singer Claron McFadden (Amsterdam, NL), ensemble Capybarae (Amsterdam, NL), vocal group Framest (Riga, LV), Brendan Faegre Edge Ensemble (The Hague, NL), Ereprijs Orkest (Apeldorn, NL), vocal group Anima Solla (Riga, LV), Recorder Orchestra Praetorius (Leiden, NL), Latvian Youth Orchestra DD (Riga, LV), Latvian Radio Chamber Singers (Riga, LV), choir Dziesmuvara (Riga, LV), harpist Noël Wan (San Jose, CA), percussionist Trevor Saint (New Haven, CT), percussionist Kramer Milan (New Haven, CT), Curtis Brass Project (Philadelphia, PA) and others.
Krists was a composition fellow at Bennington Chamber Music Conference 2015 (Bennington, VT) and a scholarship recipient from American Academy of Fontainebleau 2015 (France). He has been a participant of European Impro Intensive 2012 (The Hague) and BrokkenFabriek Series with Robert van Heumen and Anne La Berge (Amsterdam). His pieces have been performed at Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam, NL), Korzo theatre (The Hague), Beijing National Arts Centre (China), Shanghai City Theatre (China), Spikeri Concert Hall (Riga, LV) and featured in Gaudeamus Music Days (Utrecht, NL), New Music New Haven (New Haven, CT), Uncertainty Series (New Haven, CT). He is also an author of music for a theatre play Panikos (director Lorena Briscoe, The Hague, NL).
Having received his bachelor’s degree from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague under Peter Adriaansz and Guus Janssen, he is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree as a Bradley-Keeler, C P Richardson and Irving S Gilmore fellow at Yale School of Music, studying with David Lang, Hannah Lash and Martin Bresnick.