Shimelis (Šimelis), Aleksandras
1990 – Vilnius J. Tallat-Kelpsha Higher School of Music (Lithuanian SSR, choral conducting, class of J. Talzhunas)
1994 – Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania, choral conducting, class of Prof. A. Petrauskas)
1997 – Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania, Bachelor of Music in musical composition, class of Prof. V. Laurushas)
2001 – Chigiana Musical Academy (Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Italy, orchestral conducting, class of Prof. G. Gelmetti)
2002 – Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Master of Music in composition, class of Prof. Dr. R. Janeliauskas)
Attended orchestral conducting classes by Prof. J. Aleksa.
2016 – Awarded a medal and a diploma by the president of International Union of Musical Figures, rector of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Prof. A. Sokolov, for “Outstanding contribution to the development of musical art”
Creative, organisational, and leadership roles
Musical assistant to director Rimas Tuminas in the production of the following operas:
2016 – "Katerina Izmailova" by D. Shostakovich
2017 – one-act operas "Oedipus Rex" by I. Stravinsky and " Bluebeard's Castle" by B. Bartok (on the stage of the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre)
2018 – "The Queen of Spades" by P. I. Tchaikovsky (on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow)
Collaborations as conductor:
Symphonic orchestras: London Gala Orchestra, Hastings Philharmonic Choir (UK), Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia), Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra of the Sofia Music Festival.
Chamber orchestras: Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, Siauliai Chamber Orchestra, Radom Chamber Orchestra (Poland), Moscow Chamber Orchestra "Seasons of the Year", Moscow Chamber Ensemble "Intermusic".
Concert bands: Lithuanian State Wind Orchestra "Trimitas".
In collaboration with the Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra and pianist Emilian Madey (Poland) released a record called "Stella in Via".
In collaboration with the Lithuanian State Wind Orchestra "Trimitas" and the world-famous marimba players Javier Nandayapa Velasco and Kai Stensgaard released a record containing premiered compositions by contemporary composers.
Collaborated with outstanding musicians and soloists, such as Saulius Sondeckis, Valery Afanassiev, Ivo Pogorelich, David Geringas, Igor Butman, Muza Rubackyte, Petras and Lukas Geniušas, Leonid and Nikolaj Vintskevich, Javier Nandayapa Velasco, and others.
Composed music for choir, solo instruments, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and choir and soloists (mass "Gloria").
Composed music for the movie "Water of Life" (director Laime Kishkune), the play based on the play "Affabulazione" by P. P. Pasolini (director Tatyana Strelbitskaya) and others.
Organisational and leadership roles:
Initiator, artistic director, and participant of international music and film festivals, including the International Drum and Percussion Festival (Lithuania), Stella in Via, Days of Mexican Culture in Lithuania, Summer Music Festival Piano.Lt, Days of Lithuanian Cinema in Russia, Window to Europe, and others.
Manager of copyright company Prior Musica, manufactory for the restoration of musical acoustic keyboards, production company Art Gate, and private concert hall Piano.Lt.
Acted as the cultural attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Russian Federation.
Deputy director for music education and lecturer for conducting at the Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music.