Born and raised in Vilnius (Lithuania), Vytis Nivinskas developed an interest in music at the age of 14 when he began playing guitar. Fascinated with jazz he traded studies of philosophy at Vilnius University for double bass. He studied music at Vilnius Conservatory, Lithuanian Academy of Music, Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark and received his master's degree from DePaul University in Chicago. Since 1994 he has participated in numerous jazz, rock, classical and contemporary music projects. He is also an active composer. Since 2005 Vytis Nivinskas has been part of the faculty of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.