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Salzburg connections to intersect in Lithuania

Salzburg connections to intersect in Lithuania

2010-12-03

On December 4th, a traditional Saturday orchestral concert at the National Philharmonic Hall will feature the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Georg Mark and pianist Daumantas Kirilauskas. This programme offers a string of marvellous classical and romantic masterpieces, including the Coriolan Overture and the Third Piano Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann’s last Symphony No. 4.

Georg Mark studied conducting and the violin at the Konservatorium Wien University; at the same time, he was educated in musicology, philosophy and psychology at the University of Vienna. From 1991 to 2006 Mark was the first Principal Guest Conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow. He has conducted numerous orchestras in different countries, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Nippon Yomiouri Orchestra, the Nagano Philharmonic, the Orchestra National de Toulouse, the Royal Flaandern Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra Bergen, the Trondheim Symphony, the Oslo Radio Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Rheinland Pfalz, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, the Sinfonische Orchester Graz, the Wiener Kammerorchester etc. Significant part of Mark’s symphonic repertoire is focused on Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Schostakovich, along with compositions by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Berg. Much of his time is devoted to teaching (he teaches conducting class at the Konservatorium Wien University) and his teaching practice relies on combining the modern performing techniques with the Viennese tradition.

Daumantas Kirilauskas began studying at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and in 1994 and went on to study at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. He completed his BA and MA studies with honours (under Professor Karl Heinz Kämmerling.). In 2001, he became a lecturer at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where he has a piano class since 2009. Kirilauskas has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions, among them the first prize at the International Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona (1991). He has performed in Europe and North America and has appeared at various music festivals and world’s major concert halls. Along performances with chamber and symphony orchestras, the pianist often gives recitals or chamber music programmes together with singers and instrumentalists. In 2008, he made a successful appearance with the famous Artis Quartet (Vienna) and, in 2009, toured four Baltic cities together with the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. The pianist also possesses deep interest in contemporary music and since 2009 he is member of the Lithuanian Ensemble Network. Kirilauskas’ discography contains three solo CDs; he has made over 100 recordings for the Lithuanian national radio.

The conductor and soloist of this concert are symbolically linked through the city of Salzburg – the Mecca of musicians. Conductor Mark was born in this city and pianist Kirilauskas spent several years studying at the Mozarteum University. Both have walked the same paths, which have been explored by the classic composers who lived and worked in Salzburg; both have inhaled the same unique ozone of cultural traditions that surrounds this city. They are likely to understand each other well while interpreting Beethoven and his Third Piano Concerto.

A day before the concert in Vilnius, these musicians are going to present the same programme at the Klaipėda Concert Hall. Several days later (on December 9th), the orchestra will appear at the Vara Konserthus in Sweden. The local cultural organisation Vara Konserthus, which boasts a spectacular modern concert space, organises up to 200 music, drama and dance events each year, attracting over 55000 visitors. At this concert, the Lithuanian orchestra under Georg Mark will share the stage with French pianist Lise de la Salle.

 
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