Born in Chicago, Dovas Lietuvninkas attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied with James Thompson and graduated with degrees in trumpet performance and music education. In 2017, he received a Fulbright grant from the US government to go to Vilnius, Lithuania and study folk instruments with Saulius Petreikis and trumpet with Laurynas Lapė at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2021, he received his master’s degree from the Helsinki Sibelius Academy, where he studied with Pasi Pirinen and Miikka Saarinen.
Since 2018, Dovas has served as principal trumpet of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the St. Christopher and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestras, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and the Vilnius Sinfonietta and is actively involved in brass chamber music as a member of the brass quintets Brasspalvos and Phil Brass. As a soloist he has appeared with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Čiurlionis Quartet and the Sunday Brass Band, and has commissioned and premiered several pieces from local composers. During the 2021-2022 concert season Dovas took a sabbatical from the LNSO to play with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam as a part of their academy program, where he also studied with Miro Petkov and Omar Tomasoni.
Dovas continues to teach privately as well as through the Sunday Brass Band’s educational outreach activities.