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Vilnius Piano Music Festival

Vilnius Piano Music Festival

2013-11-14 - 2013-11-30

On November 16-30, 2013, the 3rd Vilnius Piano Music Festival will take place at the Lithuanian Philharmonic Society. The first Festival was held in 2009 and ever since this piano music forum organised every second year has carried out a mission of introducing the outstanding artists to the Lithuanian audiences and demonstrating the highest level of skill and the experience of different piano schools.


The Festival was devised by its artistic director Mūza Rubackytė – winner of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Budapest and a laureate of the Lithuanian National Culture and Arts Prize. Full of original ideas and highly demanding towards the quality of the Festival’s programme, this artist strives to dedicate each festival to a certain significant topic or issue: for example, the first Festival was dedicated to the millennium of the mention of Lithuania’s name and the 200th birth anniversary of  Fryderyk Chopin; the second event was devoted to the 200th birth anniversary of Franz Liszt and the centenary of death of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, whereas the motto of this year’s Festival is “Touched by the Muses…”, indicating that it will be focussed on women artists.


The programme of the 3rd Vilnius Piano Music Festival features six concerts presenting top-class piano virtuosi, who will perform the established classical music opuses.


Three recitals will be presented: Edith Fisher from Chile, known as the philosopher of the piano, will perform on November 20th; Guoda Gedvilaitė, a Lithuanian pianist currently residing in Germany will appear on November 23rd, while on November 27th, the audience will have a chance to hear the performance of Plamena Mangova, the winner of the Second Prize at the International Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels. 


It has become a tradition that the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO, artistic director and principal conductor Juozas Domarkas) takes part at the opening and closing concerts of the Festival. At the opening concert the stage will be shared by the LNSO, the Festival’s artistic director Professor Mūza Rubackytė and famous Chilean conductor MaximianoValdés, while its programme will mostly be dedicated to the works of the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, celebrating his 80th anniversary this year. The listeners will hear Penderecki’s Concerto for piano and orchestraRessurection – a colossal piece in ten movements (to be performed without break).


The closing concert of the Festival will feature the LNSO under the baton of Maestro Robertas Šervenikas and Gülsin Onay, one of the best known Turkish pianists performing at prestigious venues throughout the world. She has studied piano with such legendary teachers as Nadia Boulanger, Pierres Sancan or Monique Haas at the Paris Conservatory. A sparkling career of this pianist gathered pace after she won prizes at a number of important competitions, including Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, France, or Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy.  


The Festival also maintains a tradition of introducing and promoting the young generation performers and winners of various competitions. The second Festival (2011) was marked by an impressive gala concert-project titled “Night of Liszt 2011”, when three winners of the prestigious Liszt Piano Competitions have appeared on stage during one evening. This year the Festival stage will be granted to the young talents – the laureates of the International Balys Dvarionas Piano and String Competition 2012: violinist Daņiil Bulajev (Latvia), violinist Rūta Mažolytė (Lithuania) and Japanese pianistYukine Kuroki.


All Festival concerts will take place at the Grand Hall of the Lithuanian Philharmonic Society. The Festival is sponsored and supported by Saulius Karosas Charity and Support Foundation, Saulius Karosas, Medicinos bankas, Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Gražina Gudaitytė Liautaud and the alliance of Baltic commercial law firms “Triniti”.



Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Address: Aušros vartų st. 5, LT-01304 Vilnius, Lietuva
Contact: tel. +370 5 266 52 10, fax. +370 5 266 52 66

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