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Appearance of Mirga Gražinytė Cancelled: She Will be Replaced by an Emerging Star of the Baton Martynas Stakionis

Appearance of Mirga Gražinytė Cancelled: She Will be Replaced by an Emerging Star of the Baton Martynas Stakionis


Concerts of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra that will take place on December 19th in Vilnius and 21st in Klaipėda had to be led by the charismatic conductor Mirga Gražinytė –Tyla. However, she will be replaced by an emerging star of the baton Martynas Stakionis.

Due to the illness of long-awaited conductor Mirga Gražinytė and cancellation of her trip to Lithuania, the LNSO orchestra at the said concerts will be led by her young colleague Martynas Stakionis. It is no coincidence that this particular conductor was chosen – he follows the path of Gražinytė and at her suggestion is studying at the same Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg as Mirga, with the same conducting professor Ulrich Windfuhr. Graduate of the National Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis School of the Arts and the winner of the International J. Vytuolis Choir Conducting Competition, Stakionis has appeared at numerous concerts in Lithuania and immediately after graduation went to study abroad. The appearances of the young and promising talent in Lithuania are no less intriguing than the concerts led by his always welcomed colleague Mirga Gražinytė.

“The conductor has to be solid as a rock, never surrendering to weakness... Altogether, I think that a true artist delivers his/her best under the critical circumstances. Not when they are alone or rehearsing, but when they are facing the audience”, stressed Martynas Stakionis in one of his interviews ( His unplanned appearance at a concert in Lithuania might serve as a good opportunity to reveal the ultimate level of conducting, opening a new page in Lithuanian conducting history both to conductor himself and to our audience.

Together with the LNSO and a distinguished violinist of the young generation Justina Auškelytė, the conductor will present a programme titled Musical North Light, dedicated to the 150th birth anniversary of composer Jean Sibelius.The programme honouring the Finnish music classic features the composer’s only Violin Concerto, its colours described after the premiere as “the Nordic winter landscape painters who through the distinctive interplay of white on white, secure rare, sometimes hypnotic and sometimes powerful effects“. Other pieces to be performed at a concert include Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Suite, op.22, about the hero Lemminkäinen and his deeds as told in the illustrious Kalevala, the Finnish national epics.

The Violin Concerto by Sibelius will be performed by a young generation Lithuanian violinist Justina Auškelytė, who has already gained acclaim for her brilliant appearances in Lithuania and abroad. She has been awarded at major national and international violin competitions in Lithuania, including four consecutive awards at the National Balys Dvarionas Competition, the Grand Prix at the International Balys Dvarionas Competition in 2008, the first prizes at the International Saulius Sondeckis and National Raimundas Katilius Competition and the Second prize at the prestigious 3rd International Jasha Heifetz Competition. The violinist has received numerous awards in competitions in Latvia, Czech Republic and Romania. She has studied with Professors Stephen Clapp and Laurie Smukler at the Juilliard School in New York and in 2015 she graduated from the Master of Music programme at this school. Justina Auškelytė further perfects her technique by visiting her long-term teachers Professors Pavel Berman and Boris Kuschnir; she is invited to participate in major Lithuanian music festivals and performs with key Lithuanian symphony and chamber orchestras 

The programme Musical North Lights presented by Martynas Stakionis, Justina Auškelytė and the LNSO will take place on December 19th, 7pm at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic and on December 21st, 6pm at the Klaipėda Concert Hall.

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