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Charismatic Conductor Back in Lithuania

Charismatic Conductor Back in Lithuania


Symphony music concerts of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) to be held on December 19th in Vilnius and on 21th in Klaipėda will be conducted by the charismatic conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

Today even the world’s most famous symphony orchestras follow the movements of the baton by this vibrant master, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the MDR Orchestra Leipzig, the Danish Radio Orchestra Copenhagen and other collectives. Presently Mirga Gražinytė is an artistic director and principal conductor of the Salzburg Landestheater and an assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The music critics note her exceptional talent, special energy and deep insights, while her appearances with prominent orchestras receive only the most favourable compliments.  

Her appearance at the seminar of conducting in 2009 led by the legendary master of the baton Kurt Masur was regarded as the greatest surprise. In 2012 M. Gražinytė-Tyla conquered 90 competitors and won the prestigious Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, which led to a concert with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. After receiving the fellowship from the Gustavo Dudamel programme, M. Gražinytė-Tyla conducted the youth concerts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a symphony music concert with pianist Emanuel Ax. In autumn 2014 she was appointed an assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the next two consecutive seasons, but following brilliant appearances with this collective during the first year of appointment (2014-2015), she was invited to become the second conductor with the orchestra during the 2016-2017 concert season. 

During her brief visit in Lithuania, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the LNSO and an emerging Lithuanian violin star Justina Auškelytė are going to 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 as “the Nordic winter landscape painters who through the distinctive interplay of white on white, secure rare, sometimes hypnotic and sometimes powerful effects“ after the premiere. 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 emotional tension of the evening programme will be further enforced by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonora Overture No. 3.

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 Mirga Gražinytė, 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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