Normunds Dregis is a artistic director and conductor of Jazeps Medinš Riga 1st Music School chamber orchestra Armonico, Latvia. He is also chief conductor of joint symphony orchestras in the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration (since 2015), as well as a conductor and leader of many workshops with international youth orchestras in Latvia, Estonia and France.
Normunds Dregis is founder and president of Latvian Orchestras Association, as well as an alderman of Riga Latvian Society (since 2011).
At the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music he received masters`s degrees in choir conducting, opera and symphony orchestra conducting. As a conductor he studied by prof. Imants Kokars and prof. Viesturs Gailis. The professional competence was developed by prof. Volker Wangenheim at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, prof. Eri Klaas at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and master classes with prof. Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany.
Conductor collaborated with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia), the New Rhine Chamber Orchestra (Cologne, Germany), South-Westphalen Philharmonie-Orchestra (Germany) and early music ensemble Ludus (Riga, Latvia).
He has given concerts in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden and England.
He conducted many recordings including W.A.Mozart opera Bastien and Bastienne (2014), ballet Gems (2007), Ecumenic Christmas (2007), Armonico (2007), the recordings of classical operettas (1995) and sacred music recordings (1993) for the Latvian Radio.
He was a conductor at the Latvian National Opera (1996-2013), lecturer at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (2008-2010), principal conductor at the Emils Darzinš Music High School Symphony Orchestra (2008-2011), chief conductor at the Riga Musical Theatre (1993-1996). He founded a sacred music choir Arcus and was its artistic director (1990-1993). He was artistic director and chief conductor of the youth choir Balti of Saldus district (1988-1992), Latvia.
Conductor’s creative work has been awarded with the paper of honor by the Latvian Minisrty of Culture (2015), Ministry of Science and Education (2015), Riga City Council (2015, 2007).
With the chamber orchestra Armonico he gained 1st degree diploma in the 6th International JSFest competition in Turku (Finland, 2018), 1st degree diploma of symphony and chamber orchestras festival-competition for Latvian educational institutions (2018, 2012, 2008), the Laureate diploma in 3rd International festival-competition of chamber music Fiori Musicali in Šiauliai (Lithuania, 2011), and 1st place in the Latvian state music school chamber orchestras competition (2004).
Conductor's repertoire includes more than 20 operas, ballets and operettas, some of which are W.A.Mozart Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Bastien and Bastienne, G.Rossini Il barbiere of Seviglia, R.Wagner The Flying Dutchman, Das Rheingold, G.Bizet Carmen, P.Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, E.Kalman Silva/Csardasfurstin, Joh.Strauss ballet The Blue Danube, L.Delibes ballet Coppelia, B.Asafjev ballet Fountain of Bakhchisaray, Oleg Hodosko Cinderella, J.Lūsēns The Birds’ Opera, Z.Liepiņš opera Of rose and blood, J.Nīmanis Lysistrata, K.Ewald The return of Lysistrata.