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Flutists and flautists: biography, notable interpretations.

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Strautiņš, Vilnis

Strautiņš, Vilnis

Vilnis Strautiņš (1939-2018) was one of the most prominent Latvian flutists. He started to study flute with Viktors Vanags at the J. Mediņa Music High School and with Kārlis Štrāls and Alberts Racbaums at the Latvian Academy of Music (then Conservatory). In 1961, as a second-year student, he started working at the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. After graduation in 1965, he took the Principal Flute position with the Latvian Opera orchestra and taught at the renowned E. Dārziņš music school until 1971. In 1970 he returned to the Latvian National Symphony orchestra and took a Principal Flute position in 1974 which he held until 1989 when he agreed to become a Managing Director of the orchestra upon his retirement in 1997.
As a flutist, he made several important solo appearances, premiers, and recordings for the Latvian Radio with the National Symphony orchestra and conductors Leonīds Vīgners, Vassily Sinaisky, Aleksandrs Viļumanis to name a few.
From 1972 he was a faculty member at the Latvian Music Academy. In 1993 he became a professor and from 2009 until 2018 - the professor Emeritus.
Besides music he was an avid chess player, gaining the international chess grandmaster title at the age of 69 and the first chair of the Latvian correspondence chess team.