|Born||in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, USSR [now Lithuania]|
Mini Bio (1)
Started the band FOJE in 1983, one of the most popular bands in his home country. They released 14 albums during 1983-1997. The band won all the possible music awards in their country. FOJE toured European and American clubs and had an audience of 60,000 people at their last show in Vilnius. It is still a record of all times in Lithuania.
Andrius Mamontovas is also acting in movies and was invited to play Hamlet, directed by one of the most important theatre directors in the world today - Eimuntas Nekrosius. The play is still on the world tour since 1997 and has been performed in 40 countries around the world (180 times to date).
After his former band split, Mamontovas started solo career. Until now He has released 11 albums. Also he's well known in Lithuania as the producer, who gave life to many artists of Lithuania. Mamontovas is even responsible for the first Lithuanian house and rap recordings, back in 1990. He wrote soundtracks for several short films and music for the theatre play "Ivanov" by Chekhov (directed by E.Nekrosius) at Teatro Argentina in Rome (Italy) in 2002.
In 2004 Andrius Mamontovas was the main act at the festival by the Brandenburg Gates in Berlin, when the new members (including Lithuania) joined the European Union that year. In the end of 2005, Mamontovas formed a band, called LT United, to represent Lithuania at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest where they won the 6th place with the song "We Are The Winners Of Eurovision".
In 2007, Andrius started The Street Musicians Day. He called everyone to come out and play on the streets. On the first Saturday of May, around 700 people played their music all day long on the streets of Vilnius (capitol of Lithuania). It looks like this event will spread into other cities and will be joined by more people, because in 2009 around 5000 musicians came out to play on the streets of 46 cities and towns of Lithuania.
In 2008, Mamontovas received the Jin Jue Award for Best Music (film "Loss" by Maris Martinsons) at Shanghai International Film Festival. Andrius wrote the whole soundtrack and also played one of the main roles in it.
In 2009 DVD "Koncertas Park West Chicago" was released. The show was filmed at one of Chicago's famous clubs Park West Chicago after Andrius Mamontovas made a huge tour in his home country Lithuania, celebrating his 20 years of touring since 1989. 30 concerts in the open air were sold out. Also in 2009 Andrius played one of the main characters in the movie "Amaya" by Maris Martinsons along with world famous actors Kaori Momoi and Dexter Fletcher. "Amaya" was filmed in Hong Kong. Andrius is also composed music for this film.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Linda Krukle