Vestard Shimkus is a Latvian pianist. He was a student of Daniel Pollack at the Los Angeles South‐Californa University in 2002‐2003. Shikmus has studied composition with the most famous Latvian composer Peteris Vasks and participated in many master classes taught by such composers as Lazar Berman, Alexander Sats, Joan Havil and Igor Zhukov. At present he is studying in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Reina Sofia Music School. Shimkus has won First Prizes at international piano competitions twelve times.