"This is the Golden Age of Music. The period of euphoric revelation, the struggle for stylistic dominance, and the age of dogma is over. A Composer can now use every aspect of historical experience and knowledge for concrete musical purposes – with wonderful possibilities now also available through new technologies... It is a different question as to how to combine all of these possibilities, and yet another: how to find your own unique voice."
Born on March 20th, 1973 in Liepāja (Latvia), Kronlaks began his studies at the Mediņš College of Music (in the music theory class, and the composition class of Tamāra Kalna, 1988–1992). He then studied composition at the Latvian Academy of Music (with Ģederts Ramans (1992–1996) and then in the masterclass of Juris Karlsons (1996–1998) graduating with a Master’s degree. He has also completed studies in the composition and computer music class at IRCAM in Paris (with Phillipe Hurel, Marco Stroppa, Brian Ferneyhough and others, 1998–1999). Kronlaks has taken part in young composers’ seminars at Ivanov (Russia, 1996–1997); with the support of the TEMPUS program he spent three months at the Enschede Conservatory in the Netherlands (with David Rowland, 1997); studied in Mexico at the Franco Donatoni Masterclass (1998) and, under the Royaumont Foundation Program Voix Nouvelles studied at the Abbey of Royaumont (France) with Brian Ferneyhough, José Evangelista, and Jean-Luc Hervé (2000).
Since 2000, he is working at the Latvian Academy of Music Composition Department as teacher of contemporary music techniques and electro-acoustics. His works have been performed at the French Radio Festival Presences in Paris, at the Gaida festival in Vilnius and in various concerts throughout Latvia.
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