Winners of the Baltic Assembly Prize 2016

On 27 September 2016 in Rīga (Latvia), meeting of the Joint Jury of the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature, the Arts and Science 2016 was held. During the meeting, members of the Joint Jury assessed the works nominated for the Prizes and made a decision in regard to the awarding of the Prizes.

Joint Jury of the Baltic Assembly was composed of Inga Žolude (Latvia), Valdis Muktupāvels (Latvia), Gunita Zariņa (Latvia), Karl-Martin Sinijärv (Estonia), Dāvis Sīmanis (Estonia), Elin Org (Estonia), Kęstutis Nastopka (Lithuania), Petras Skirmantas (Lithuania), Stasys Vaitiekūnas (Lithuania).


Winners for the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, the Arts and Science in 2016 are :

IN LITERATURE: Sigitas Parulskis (Lithuania), poet, prose writer, literature critic, playwright, essayist and translator, nominated for his books – essay collections “My Fang Conviction” (2013), poetry collection “Without the Ring to Return”(2015) and novel “The City of Concealed Lilies” (2016).

IN THE ARTS: Kristijonas Vildžiūnas (Estonia), film director, nominated for film “Seneca’s Day”, which is the first Estonian-Latvian-Lithuanian co-production project (released in 2016).

IN SCIENCE: Dr.pharm. Maija Dambrova (Latvia), scientists, nominated for her scientific work is energy metabolism and invaluable contribution to the preparation "Mildronate" mechanism of action.


Other nominated candidates for the Baltic Assembly Prizes for Literature, the Arts and Science in 2016 were:

In Literature:

  • Guntis Berelis (Latvia), writer, nominated for his novel “Words were of no use” (2015);
  • Doris Kareva (Estonia), poet, translator and editor, nominated for her poetry collection “Family Album” (2015).

  In the Arts:

  • Vestards Šimkus (Latvia), pianist, nominated for his outstanding performance during the last three ye.ars, that is, his high-quality performances in concerts in Latvia and abroad, in international festivals (including Rheingau Music Festival, Piano Festivals "Oxygene", "Christophori", "Santa Florentina", Chopin Festival in Brussels, Baltic Symphony Orchestra Festival etc.) and his interpretation of Sergey Rachmaninoff`s music in solo album "Vestard Shimkus. Rachmaninoff";
  • David Geringas (Lithuania), cellist and conductor, nominated for his high level of excellence, original concerts, and promotion of Baltic music in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and the rest of the world.

In Science:

  • Dr. Prof. Limas Kupčinskas (Lithuania), gastroenterologist, nominated for establishment a school of modern Gastroenterology and development an excellence centre of fundamental and clinical research in inflammatory and premalignant gastrointestinal conditions, his scientific achievements and input in collaboration between researchers from the Baltic countries.


The Prize awarding ceremony will be held on 27 October 2016.





Photos by Chancellary of Saeima (author Ernests Dinka)