Crossing Keyboards meistrikursused: Petras Geniušas ja Daumantas Kirilauskas - JÄÄB ÄRA!
PETRAS GENIUŠAS (Leedu Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia, Vilnius)
2. aprillil kell 11.00-14.00 suures saalis
DAUMANTAS KIRILAUSKAS (Leedu Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia, Vilnius)
2. aprillil kell 11.00-14.00 kammersaalis
Petras Geniušas is one of the most prominent, versatile and adventurous Lithuanian pianists. Having mastered an extensive repertoire of classical, romantic and contemporary works, he frequently appears in recitals and concerts with Lithuanian symphony orchestras and various chamber ensembles. But apart from his appearances as a classical musician, Petras Geniušas performs often on drama scene and in musical, as well as in jazz and crossover projects. His musical interests range far beyond his background as a classical concert pianist – from English virginalists and ethnic music from different parts of the world to avant-garde, jazz and electronic dance beats. This also affects the way he interprets classical music, which makes this piano virtuoso so special.
Born into a musical family in Vilnius, Petras Geniušas graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music under Prof. Jurgis Karnavičius and continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Vera Gornostayeva. A series of highest awards at the top-notch piano competitions (including the 2nd prize in the 1989 Pilar Bayona Piano Competition, Zaragoza; the 1st prize in the 1991 Y.C.A.A. International Piano Competition, Oberlin; 3rd prize in the 1991 A.M.S.A. World Piano Competition, Cincinnati; and 1st prize in the 1992 Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition) remarkably confirmed his reputation as one of the most gifted and accomplished pianists of his generation. In addition to regular engagements in Lithuania, Petras Geniušas has toured over forty countries around the world, and performed at the world’s major concert venues including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall, New York Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo Geijitsu Geikijo, and Vienna’s Musikverein.
Petras Geniušas’ career as a teacher included such engagements as Master Classes in Tokyo and Osaka, The Swedish-Baltic Master Classes “Academia Baltica” and the Royal Academy of Music in London (1996-8). From 1992 to 1998 he was teaching regularly at the Yamaha Master Class in Tokyo, and currently holds professorship from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Since 2015 Petras Geniušas is teaching piano at Royal Conservatory of Scotland.
Daumantas Kirilauskas works an Associate Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. He is often referred to as one of the most distinctive, versatile and productive pianists in Lithuania.
He has toured in all European countries as well as the US and Iran. He has performed in many major halls, such as the Mozarteum Grosser Saal, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Schumann Haus Bonn, Vitebsk Philharmonic, Helsinki Temppeliauki, Stockholm Nybrokajen, Oslo Concerthus, Köln WDR Klaus von Bismarck, the Great Guild Hall in Riga, and many others. Kirilauskas has performed with the best Lithuanian orchestras as a guest of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, as well as with Sinfonietta Riga and Lappeenranta City Orchestra. He participates in many Lithuanian and foreign festivals, and is a regular guest at the Thomas Mann Festival.
Kirilauskas’ repertoire ranges from the work of Bach and Händel to the most modern composers of the 21st century, but the opus of Beethoven holds a special place in his creative life. Apart from playing as a soloist, he has performed with many famous Lithuanian and foreign soloists and ensembles.
Kirilauskas is also a respected teacher, who has held master-classes at the Bulgarian Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts (Plovdiv), the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK), Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (Germany), and the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia). He has served as a member of the jury at the Bach Competition of Young Pianists in Vilnius and Plovdiv, as well as the International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists in Vilnius.
Kirilauskas completed his studies at the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in 1991 and continued at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Mozarteum University Salzburg, where he obtained his master's degree graduating with the highest possible marks. His teachers were Liucija Drąsutienė (1984-1994) and legendary Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (1994-2000).
Kirilauskas is the winner of many national and international prizes. In 1991, he won the 1st prize at the International Maria Canals Competition of Young Pianists in Barcelona and was awarded a diploma at the first International M.K. Čiurlionis Pianists’ Competition; he also won a diploma with the signature of Princess Diana at the Newport International Pianists’ Competition in London in 1994, and the Boesendorfer Prize in Vienna, in 1997. Kirilauskas won the premium of the Austrian Ministry of Culture in 2000, and received a Congratulatory Letter from President Valdas Adamkus in 2005.