Thursday, October 20, 7:00 pm at the Palace of Grand Dukes – Festival opening concert with the most outstanding Lithuanian piano duo, recipients of the national prize RŪTA RIKTERĖ and ZBIGNEVAS IBELHAUPTAS who always captivate their listeners’ attention with their creatively selected repertoire, open attitudes towards diverse cultural contexts and stereotype-free ideas in music interpretation. In treating their listeners to their bravura style of playing, the piano ensemble manages to keep to the ‘ascetic’ academic standards, at the same time boldly and sometimes even provocatively inviting the audience to explore the uncovered territory of new music.

On the program – M. K. Čiurlionis, M. Clementi, C. Saint-Saëns, J. Brahms, F. Liszt.

 Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 pm at the LMTA Great Hall – Concert “Names of the Future”. Lively program performed by young talents from different Lithuanian towns and cities. Performers: Goda Bužavaitė, Skaistė Kašėtaitė, Matas Ibelhauptas, Benediktas Bartulis (piano), Vaiva Vanagaitė ir Konradas Mikalauskas (piano duo), Medeina Kalasauskaitė, Aistė Kumetaitė ir Ugnė Kasiulevičiūtė (piano trio), Rapolas Bartulis, Amelija Lapinskaitė (clarinet), Pijus Paškevičius (oboe), Augustinas Jurgaitis (saxophone), Peyton Hall Magalhaes (cello), Žilvinas Kovas (vocal), Paulė Galinienė, Marta Lapinskienė, Lina Šatkutė (accompanists).

On the program – M. K. Čiurlionis, C. Debussy,A. Dvorak, F. Feran, M. Mangani,  F. Mendelssohn, D. Popper, F. Poulenc, M. Sumer, E. A. Thullier , C. M. von Weber and etc.

Friday, October 28, 6:00 pm in the Museum of Applied Art – concert of VILIJA KUPREVIČIENĖ (soprano) and ALEKSANDRA ŽVIRBLYTĖ (piano) “Piano and Vocal Harmonic Twists”. A successful comeback performance by a newly risen star, the recipient of Master Competition Grand Prix in Warsaw, opera singer Vilija Kuprevičienė who is being invited to give concerts in the most prestigious  concert halls such as Tonhalle Ciuriche, Gevandhauz Leipcige, etc. Aleksandra Žvirblytė, a renowned pianist and her concert partner, will accompany Vilija on the piano.

On the program – M. K. Čiurlionis, F. Chopin, V. Kairiūkštis, G. Puccini, G. Verdi, L. Arditi, A. Dvořák.

Thursday, November 3, 7:00 pm at the Palace of Grand Dukes – EDVINAS MINKŠTIMAS (USA-Lithuania, piano) concert “In the Land of Visions”. Edvinas Minkštimas has been given the title of a piano aristocrat and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top emerging young pianists, one whose extensive repertoire, solid technique and musical expression have enchanted wide audiences throughout Europe and North America.  He is a Steinway performer, winner of the International M. K. Čiurlionis piano competition as well as Laureate of other prestigious competitions, WIPF, Embassy Series, Phillips Collection festivals in the USA, artist in residence in Malaga Clasica festival in Spain, WCM Professor, LMTA representative in the USA, performing in such concert halls as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall (NewYork, USA), Teatro Echegaray, Teatro Cervantes (Malaga, Spain), Salle Pleyel, Salle Faure, Cite de la Musique, CNSM and Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris, France), Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow, Russia), Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection (Washington, USA).

On the program: M. K. Čiurlionis, F. Schubert, R. Schumann, F. Liszt.

Friday, November 4, 6:00 pm at the Museum of Applied Art – PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS (saxophone), OLEGAS MOLOKOJEDOVAS (keyboard), ALEKSANDRA ŽVIRBLYTĖ (piano). World music project “Cosmic Čiurlionis” is an unexpected and intriguing union of classical and rhythmic music, featuring improvisations on the themes of M. K. Čiurlionis and other composers performed by outstanding musicians – saxophone genius Petras Vyšniauskas, composer and lithuanian jazz guru Olegas Molokojedovas and prominent lithuanian pianist Aleksanda Žvirblytė.

Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 pm at Vaidila Theatre – Pianist’s DINA YOFFE, violinist’s MICHAEL VAIMAN (Germany-Israel) concert “Romantic Fantasies”.

“Dina Yoffe, …A sovereign master of her art, one who always takes the listener to the depth of the composition and who is always very organic and natural in her performance.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

“…the first sound performed by Dina Yoffe make us believe her…the Pianist strives to express her poetical ideal, her playing is full of truth…She captivated her audience with her virtuoso and masterfully confident manner of expression.” (Piano News Magazin, Dusseldorff)                                                  

She is the winner of the highest prizes in international R. Schuman and F. Chopin piano competitions, regularly performing in the most prestigious concert halls of the world as well as in international music festivals in Europe, Japan, USA, with the greatest world orchestras such as Israel Filharmonic Orchestra (conductor Zubin Mehta), Japan National Television NHK Orchestra (conductor Neville Marriner), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (conductors Valerij Gergijev and Dmitri Kitayenko), Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra (conductor James De Priest), “Kremerata Baltica” Orchestra  (conductor Gidon Kremer), “Moscow Soloists” Orchestra (conductor Jurij Bashmet), Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra (conductor Jerzy Kaspszyka) and other orchestras.

“ …Because of his vivid emotionality and the soft refined sound of his violin, at the same time songfull and strong, he can easily cope with virtuosi works and those which deal with subtle feelings”                                                                                           (Music, Russia) 

“…Playing together with this wonderful musician always bring a lot of enjoyment and happiness.” (Yuri Bashmet)

Even at the very beginning of his career Michael Vaiman was called “a poet of the violin” by music critics. He has particularly been lauded by the critics for his “brilliant technique’’, “noble and articulate sound” and “deep understanding of music”. Winner of H. Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland), top prize winner performing throughout the world with such orchestras as Berlin Symphony Orchestra (conductor Guenter Herbich), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (composer Yuri Simonov), St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (conductor Arvid Jansons), “Moscow Soloists” Orchestra (conductor Yuri Bashmet), Lithuanian Chamber Music Orchestra (conductor Saulius Sondeckis), London Soloist Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras as well as Tokyo Soloist Chamber Ensemble. M. Vaiman founded a chamber orchestra in Israel which he managed and conducted during 1991-96.

On the program: J. Brahms, F. Liszt, F. Chopin, M. Ravel, M. de Falla, M. Weinberg.

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 pm at “Piano LT” Concert Hall  – Concert “Čiurlionis Performed Differently“. Laureate of M. K. Čiurlionis First Prize, one of the most acclaimed Lithuanian pianists JURGIS KARNAVIČIUS will be performing unrecognized M. K. Čiurlionis cycles featuring the composer’s pieces grouped together in an original way by Rimantas Karnavičius.

Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm at the Palace of Grand Dukes – Festival Closing Concert with the piano legend EUGEN INDJIC (France).

“Eugen Indjic, perhaps the world’s greatest living interpreter of Chopin” (Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Texas)

“My word of honour, never have I heard Chopin with such intense ardour, such interiority. Miraculous pianist indeed!”
(Paris, Le Figaro)

“Indjic is phenomenal; a pianist of genius which cannot be explained. One can only listen and admire.”
(Copenhague, Berlingske Tidende)

Pianist Eugen Indjic is the winner of F. Chopin, Leeds and Rubinstein competitions performing with renowned USA, South American, European and Asian orchestras led by such great conductors as Bernstein, Bělohlávek, Casadesus, Fedoseiev, Gergiev, Gielen, Jochum, Kubelík, Leinsdorf, Sanderling, Sinopoli, Solti, von Matačić, de Waart, Wit, Zinman and others. E. Indjic gives frequent recitals in such concert halls as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Musikverein, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Tchaikovsky Hall, La Scala, etc.

On the program: R. Schumann and F. Chopin.


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