About us

About orchestra

The Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (artistic director and chief conductor – Modestas Barkauskas, honorary conductor – Donatas Katkus) is a collective widely known for its universality, professionalism, and artistic imagination. The orchestra is an eagerly awaited guest not just in prestigious concert halls in Lithuania and abroad, such as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Harpa in Reikjavik, the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, or the Royal Palace in Warsaw, St Petersburg’s M. Glinka Hall, or Moscow’s P. Tchaikovsky’s Conservatory, but also in less predictable places like outdoor stages or even sand quarries…read more


Modestas Barkauskas – Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra. In 1997-2001 he studied choral conducting at Šiauliai Music Conservatory. In 2001-2005 he successfully continued his BA studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (with Professor J. Aleksa and associate professor D. Puišys). In 2006-2007 he gained his MA degree in choral conducting. In 2006-2013 he studied orchestral conducting with Professor Juozas Domarkas and gained his MA in orchestral conducting…read more


I violin:

Simas Tankevičius, Vilija Survilė, Miglė Dikšaitienė, Nadia Gailė, Augustina Vizbaraitė, Jonė Barbora Laukaitytė.

II violin:

Aidas Jurgaitis, Rugilė Stunžėnė, Rusnė Kiškytė, Irena Milošaitė, Aušrinė Rukšėnaitė.


Birutė Dučmanaitė-Bitaitienė, Mintautas Kriščiūnas, Birutė Ilčiukaitė.


Domas Jakštas, Vaidas Tamošiūnas, Ignė Pikalavičiūtė.


Maria Del Carmen Torrano Mellado.

Press review

“The St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra’s flexibility in contemporary music performance is one of the collective’s stand-out features. This has been noted not just by Lithuanian composers, but by artists and audiences from other countries as well. This collective presents original programs probably more often than any other group”.

– “Literatūra ir Menas”, R. Gaidamavičiūtė, January 10, 2014

“But the most eye-catching event was last Friday‘s, when Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires appeared with Russian virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov, alongside the youthful and very impressive St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius”.

– Ivan Hewett, “The Daily Telegraph”  July 1…read more