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In memoriam composer Anatolijus Šenderovas

In memoriam composer Anatolijus Šenderovas

2020 November 14, Saturday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
Soloists: DAVID GERINGAS (cello; Germany, Lithuania), AYLEN PRITCHIN (violin, Russia), GEIR DRAUGSVOLL (bayan, Norway), JOSEPH MALOVANY (cantor, USA)
ĄŽUOLIUKAS Boys’ and Youth Choir (artistic director Vytautas Miškinis)
ĄŽUOLAI CLUB Men’s Choir (artistic director and principal conductor Povilas Gylys)
In memoriam composer Anatolijus Šenderovas

ANATOLIJUS ŠENDEROVAS – Songs of Shulamith for cello and orchestra; Concerto for three soloists and orchestra; Oratorio Shma Israel for cantor, boy’s and men’s choirs, and symphony orchestra

In 2019, we lost one of the most famous Lithuanian composers Anatolijus Šenderovas (1945–2019), a sincere friend of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society and a long-time creative partner. The recordings and concerts of his works performed by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO), the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO) and the Čiurlionis Quartet, as well as an impressive performance of Violin Concerto (soloist Džeraldas Bidva) at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt in 2018 organised by the European Central Bank and the Bank of Lithuania on the occasion of the Days of Lithuanian Culture get fixed in the history of Lithuanian music. One of his last creative collaborations is documented on the LCO’s Baltic Concerti CD (Odradek Records), still fresh with scents of a printing house, featuring Šenderovas’ Violin Concerto (soloist Džeraldas Bidva, conductor Modestas Pitrėnas).

Born into a family of musicians, Šenderovas graduated as a composer from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, and did an internship at the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. Šenderovas’ music is regularly performed in Lithuania, as well as in various European countries, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China and elsewhere. He has won various awards, including the prestigious European Composer’s Prize in Berlin for Concerto in Do, as well as the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Award and other significant honours.

The specific modal colour, improvisational character, development of the piece from a single thematic motto, emotionality, strong dramatic expression and energy lent Šenderovas’ music a clearly recognisable voice that does not lack magical effect. His music includes elements of both archaic Oriental music and more abstract atonal style. The composer did not adhere to a single method of composition, instead he chose particular most appropriate composing techniques for every new piece.

The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society fostered a beautiful tradition of holding an impressive anniversary concert of Šenderovas’ works every five years. The last one took place in 2015, when the composer celebrated his 70th anniversary. Envisaged as a celebration of his 75th birthday, tonight’s concert was also discussed with the composer and was scheduled for November 14, 2020.

According to Rūta Prusevičienė, the Director General of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, each performance of Šenderovas’ music was a remarkable musical event akin to a festival, which was attended by many of his friends and performers from all over the world. “He is one of the most prominent contemporary Lithuanian and Litvak composers, having achieved great international recognition, as his works were performed widely in Europe and the USA, and were included into repertoire of the most famous orchestras and soloists” (R. Prusevičienė).

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