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MUSICA HUMANA

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Artistic director and conductor Robertas Beinaris (oboe) 


Ramunė Grakauskaitė (concertmaster, violin)
Daiva Tumėnaitė-Vizgirdienė (flute)
Vitalija Makrickienė (violin)
Toma Bandzaitytė-Puplauskė (violin)
Justina Klusienė (violin)
Inga Aleksienė (violin)
Giedrė Populaigė (violin)
Eglė Rubinienė (violin)
Ričardas Vytas (viola)
Lukas Abromaitis (cello)
Donatas Butkevičius (double bass)
Gediminas Kviklys (harpsichord and organ)

The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society’s  Musica humana Chamber Ensemble was founded in 1974. Its concerts were among the first signs of the revival of historical performance of early music in Lithuania.

Musica Humana’s repertoire comprises monumental concert series: Early Instrumental and Vocal Music of Europe; Baroque Route; Antonio Vivaldi, the Venetian Genius; J.S. Bach and the 20th-Century Music; J.S. Bach and Lithuanian Music; French Music: from Renaissance to Present Day; Visions of the Artists and Composers; Musica Humana Juventus as well as concert series celebrating Mozart’s 250th anniversary. Some of them are continuous and have become traditional such as the cycle focusing on the links between music and art, and the Ensemble’s collaboration with young performers and composers.

The contemporary Lithuanian composers have written chamber opuses for Musica Humana. O. Balakauskas’ Suite of Dances and Duetti concertanti, B. Kutavičius’ Kampf der Bäume  and A. Martinaitis’ Cantus ad futurum have become the true hallmarks of the Ensemble.

For some concert programmes the Ensemble invites renowned Lithuanian and foreign soloists, as well as choirs Polifonija, Jauna muzika, Vilnius and Aukuras. The Ensemble’s line-up may vary from the core basso continuo ensemble of four players to an orchestra. Musica Humana Orchestra has been the resident ensemble of the Curonian Spit Summer Festival (since 1999), the International J.S. Bach Music Festival (since 2007) and Varėna District Music Festival With Saint Theophilus. Musica Humana has committed quite a number of works by Lithuanian composers and the Baroque masterpieces to CDs.     

In December 2018, Prof. Algirdas Vizgirda, a long-time artistic director of Musica Humana, was replaced by Prof. Dr. Robertas Beinaris.

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Robertas Beinaris graduated from J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium in Kaunas (teacher V. Masteika), completed post-graduate studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (associate Prof. R. Staškus); earned the degree of the Licentiate of Arts. In 2002–2003, he honed his skills at the Lyon National Music Conservatoire (Prof. J.L. Capezzali and J. Guichard). In 2013, Beinaris embarked on the Doctoral Studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Prof. A. Vizgirda and Prof. A. Žiūraitytė), which he completed obtaining PhD in Music degree in 2014. The oboist teaches at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius J. Tallat-Kelpša Conservatoire and B. Dvarionas Music School, is a member of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society’s Musica Humana Chamber Ensemble and has served as its Artistic Director since December 2018.

Beinaris organises the Championship of Lithuanian Oboists, the Liutauras Vėbra International Oboe Competition, the International Chamber Ensemble Competition Musical Watercolour, J. Pakalnis International Competition of Wind and Percussion Instruments, and the International Festival for Oboe Players of which he is an artistic director. In 2007, he formed the Lithuanian Oboe Quartet and served as its artistic director. In 2010, the Quartet grew into a Quintet. In 2009, Beinaris was voted the best soloist at the Lithuanian Championship for Wind Bands. He is a 2nd prize winner at J. Pakalnis International Competition of Wind and Percussion Instruments and holds a diploma from the International Oboe Competition in Poland. In 2001, he won 1st prize at J. Andrejs International Woodwind Competition in Riga.

As a soloist the oboist appeared with Tuscan SO, Innsbruck SO, Lvov Philharmonic SO, the Lithuanian National SO, the Lithuanian State SO, the LAMT SO, the International Youth SO Operetta in Kaunas Castle and B. Dvarionas Music School student symphony orchestra,  as well as the Lithuanian, Klaipėda, St. Christopher, Šiauliai and Kiev Soloists chamber orchestras, Hundisburg SummerMusicAcademy Orchestra, Vilnius University Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Klaipėda and Accademia Baltica, the Lithuanian Armed Forces Band, the Lithuanian State Wind Instrument Orchestra Trimitas, and Palanga Wind Orchestra.  He has collaborated with Čiurlionis Quartet, Kaunas String Quartet and Banchetto musicale.

As a soloist and a member of various chamber ensembles, he has given concerts in the USA, Sweden, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Germany, Russia, Belarus, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine; participated in many Lithuanian and foreign chamber music festivals. Beinaris often performs music by Lithuanian composers also being its first performer. He can be heard on more than ten CDs, including two personal: Mosaic of Lithuanian Music and Oboe Ornaments.

Since 2011, Beinaris has served as the head of the Wind and Percussion Department at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, where in 2017 he was honoured with the professorship. In 2014, Buffet Group, manufacturer of wind instruments (France), included him in the list of the most notable oboists. In 2015, the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union awarded Beinaris with the Gold Disc Award.

 
 
 
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