XIII International Music Festival “Le strade d’Europa”: PORTRAITS. Virtuosos of Italian Baroque
At the heart of the programme are pieces for flute and harpsichord, instruments beloved by the 18th century composers. Baroque authors believed that flute can render the most delicate and also the most vibrant sounds. And the harpsichord is one of the most iconic baroque instruments without which a baroque concert would hardly be possible.
The selected composers for this concert represent the musical spirit of the period. Some of them lived and created exclusively in Italy, where they perfected the famous stile italiano. Others developed the style abroad, publishing pieces that were played in the most important venues of the time.
The programme will be performed by Baroque Ensemble „Réunion de Musiciens“: flutist Vincenzo Lai and harpsichordist Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė. Vincenzo Lai is praised for his musicianship, bright technique, and stage presence. Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė is not only an excellent harpsichordist but also the art director of the whole festival.
Concert date: 2022-07-02 16:00
Performers: Baroque Ensemble “Réunion de Musiciens” (Italy): Vincenzo Lai (flute), Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė (harpsichord)
Programme: P. D. Paradisi, D. Scarlatti, G. B. Platti, P. A. Locatelli, L. Vinci, A. Corelli
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An Evening of Poetry and Music: “Dear life, you are beautiful”
We invite you to spend a summer evening leisurely and meaningfully, listening to beautiful songs and poems. A famous Lithuanian opera singer Judita Leitaitė will perform songs by foreign and Lithuanian composers and Andrius Bialobžeskis, an actor and a great reader, will read works by well-known Lithuanian poets. Music played by pianist Jurijus Suchanovas and violinist Paulina Daukšytė‑Šereckienė will delicately accompany the words.
Judita Leitaitė is one of the most active and prominent performers of chamber music in Lithuania. She has performed in many countries around the world, many festivals and many events representing Lithuania, won numerous awards in international competitions. The singer has premiered many pieces by Lithuanian composers and has released 17 CDs.
Andrius Bialobžeskis has played many roles on theatre stages, in films and in TV shows. He has prepared and performed more than one poetic programme. During this event, he will read poems of some of his favourite poets.
Concert date: 2022-07-10 14:00
Performers: Judita Leitaitė (mezzo-soprano), Andrius Bialobžeskis (reader), Paulina Daukšytė-Šereckienė (violin), Jurijus Suchanovas (piano)
Programme: Songs by Edward Grieg, Gabriel Fauré, Franz Schubert, Algimantas Raudonikis, Tomas Leiburas. Poetry by Paulius Širvys, Henrikas Radauskas, Vytautas Mačernis, Jonas Strielkūnas
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Jean-Marc Luisada (piano, France)
French pianist Jean-Marc Luisada is known as a “piano poet” with outstanding grace and unexpected interpretations. He plays for the soul of the audience and likes making jokes on stage.
Jean-Marc Luisada has won several prizes in international piano competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has performed in many countries with many orchestras, quartets and instrumentalists. Among his recordings are the waltzes and mazurkas of Chopin and the infrequently heard chamber version of the first Chopin piano concerto, recorded with the Talich Quartet. Overall, Luisada is considered one of the greatest performers of Frédéric Chopin’s music in the world.
Concert date: 2022-07-16 16:00
Performers: Jean-Marc Luisada (piano)
Programme: W. A. Mozart, J. Brahms, F. Chopin, R. Wagner, G. Mahler, G. GershwinJuly
Andrius Žlabys (piano, US / Lithuania)
Andrius Žlabys is one of the most famous contemporary Lithuanian pianists, renowned in the whole world. He has appeared on many of the world’s leading stages, such as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, etc. In 2003, Žlabys received a Grammy nomination for his recording of Enescu’s Piano Quintet with Gidon Kremer and KremerataBaltica. He also won the 2000 Astral Artists National auditions.
Žlabys is a multifaceted musician of a wide-ranging repertoire. He is lauded for his easy virtuosity, fabulous technique and romantic temperament and has been called a “shining hope of pianists” (“The New York Sun”).
Concert date: 2022-07-23 18:00
Performers: Andrius Žlabys (piano)July
Femmes de Légende: Guoda Gedvilaitė (piano, Lithuania)
On the last day of July, we invite you to celebrate women, legendary and historical. Lithuanian pianist Guoda Gedvilaitė has prepared a new programme: “Women of Legend”. It is a romantic-impressionist programme, inspired by a piano cycle by a French composer Melanie Bonis. In this cycle Bonis, using her original language of music, recreated the portraits of mythical women: queen Omphale from Greek mythology, Saloméfrom the Bible, Ophélia and Desdémona from Shakespeare’s plays, Mélisande, inspired by the play by Maurice Maeterlinck “Pelléas et Mélisande”, and others.
Guoda Gedvilaitė will also pay homage to women composers, such asLili Boulanger andClara Schumann. Lili Boulanger is the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize. Clara Schumann is personally very important to Guoda Gedvilaitė, inspiring her, as the pianist claims, to work, improve, fight and unconditionally love family and music.
Concert date: 2022-07-31 14:00
Performers: Guoda Gedvilaitė (piano)
Programme: Clara Schumann, Mel Bonis, Sigismond Thalberg, Lili Boulanger, Maurice RavelJuly
“From the Vaults of the Subconscious”: Petras Geniušas (piano, Lithuania)
The charming pianist Petras Geniušas invites all to come to this unique recital. This is how he presents the artistic idea of the programme: “In this concert I combine two ways of making music: playing sheet music and improvising. There is an endless amount of music in pianist’s memory: music learned by heart, music heard or analysed. When I improvise, I enter this half-conscious, half-dreamlike musical space, allow myself to be carried by intuition and sometimes I myself am surprised by what I find.”
The CD of Geniušas “From the Vaults of the Subconscious” (“Išpasąmonėssaugyklų”) was recorded at Paliesius Manor studio and recently released by “Baltic Mobile Recordings”.
Petras Geniušas is one of the most prominent, versatile and adventurous Lithuanian performers. He has mastered an extensive repertoire of classical, romantic and contemporary works and frequently appears in recitals and concerts with Lithuanian symphony orchestras, various chamber ensembles and musicians.
Concert date: 2022-08-06 16:00
Performers: Petras Geniušas (piano, Lithuania)August
Martynas Levickis (accordion, Lithuania)
“Accordion is an instrument that is still looking for its place under the sun: that’s why every time I perform, I feel this immense responsibility to present its good sides and to reveal the ones not yet found. Every concert helps reach some goals, so I believe that the meeting at Paliesius Manor will be special too,” says Martynas Levickis.
This solo accordion performance will be intimate, graceful and sensitive. The audience will hear interpretations of classical and contemporary pieces for accordion.
Martynas Levickis is a young and famous Lithuanian accordionist whose concerts are always filled to the brim, even at the biggest venues. He won the top prize on Lithuania’s Got Talent, where he combined classical and pop material and the Accordion World Championship, became the first player of his instrument to top Britain’s Classical Albums sales chart and the first signed to the venerable Decca label.
Concert date: 2022-08-13 16:00
Performers: Martynas Levickis (accordion)August
The Fourth Musical Marathon by Alexander Paley at Paliesius Manor: “Vive La France”
Two days in a row, Paliesius manor will be filled with wonderful music by French composers, played by ten talented artists from Lithuania and foreign countries. The author of the idea, Alexander Paley, claims that he organises the musical marathon because he wants to assemble the artists and the audience to enjoy the abundance of music together.
Alexander Paley is widely acclaimed for his dazzling technical prowess, his exceptionally broad and extensive repertoire of concerti and solo piano works, and the depth of his unique and personal interpretations. He performs extensively throughout Europe and the US and has won many international awards.
Tickets are available for a full day with three concerts, two full days or for separate concerts.
Concert date: 2022-08-20 11:00
Performers: Alexander Paley (piano), Pei-Wen Chen (piano), Amiram Ganz (violin), Raimondas Butvila (violin), Romanas Kudriašovas (baritone). Members of ensemble “Paleasis”: Vytenis Gurstis (flute), UgniusDičiūnas (oboe, English horn), Karolis Kolakauskas (clarinet), Andrius Puplauskis (bassoon), Gediminas Abaris (French horn)
Programme: J. P. Rameau, J. B. Lully, C. Saint-Saens, C. Gunoud, R. Hahn, B. Godard, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, F. Poulenc, D. Milhaud, R. Boutry, G. Fauré, G. Bizet, C. FranckAugust
Saskia Giorgini (piano, Italy/Netherlands)
Say goodbye to summer at Paliesius Manor with the hauntingly beautiful Franz Liszt’s music, played by a talented young pianist Saskia Giorgini.
Liszt is often seen as a showman, but much of his music reveals his introspective, searching nature. This is demonstrated above all in “Harmonies poétiques et religieuses”, one of his most ambitious, contemplative, heartfelt and enigmatic compositions, inspired by Lamartine’s eponymous poetry, Liszt’s Roman Catholic faith as well as the 1848-1849 revolutions. To Giorgini, “this music is deeply humane and sincere, tender, but also full of the most sorrowful, violent, painful moments that Liszt ever put into music.” Its ten movements constitute a quest for the deeper meaning of human existence, clothed in music of ravishing beauty.
Saskia Giorgini is one of the most outstanding pianists of her generation, who has won several competitions and is hailed for her technical command and the beauty and poetry of her sound.
Concert date: 2022-08-27 16:00
Performers: Saskia Giorgini (piano)
Programme: F. LisztAugust
XIII International Music Festival “Le straded’Europa”: DUEL
Piano duels, when two famous pianists would meet on stage, were popular in 18th and 19th centuries. Duels between Mozart and Clementi, Beethoven and Wolf, Liszt and Thalberg have forever gone down in history. In this duel, two great pianists, beloved by their audiences, will meet: Johan Randvere from Estonia and Julija Sadaunykaitė from Lithuania. But the only winner will be the listener!
For her performance, pianist Julija Sadaunykaitė chose three composers from the 20th century, a period with many tumultuous events and rich in its musical variety. Johan Randvere chose some of the greatest Estonian composers, strictly from his homeland. And so, different generations of modern music will delightfully intertwine in the programme.
Concert date: 2022-09-03 16:00
Performers: Johan Randvere (piano, Estonia), Julija Sadaunykaitė (piano, Lithuania)
Programme: E. S. Tüür, A. Lemba, T. Kõrvits, U. Sisask, A. Kruusmaa, E. Tubin, J. Rääts, C. Debussy, O. Messiaen, S. ProkofievSeptember
„Baroque and neobaroque”: Fiorenzo Pascalucci (piano, Italy)
Fiorenzo Pascalucci is one of the most successful contemporary Italian pianists. He has won first prizes at many piano competitions, including XXIII Edition of prestigious “Rina Sala Gallo” International Piano Competition, FVG International Piano Competition, XXV National Piano Competition ‘Premio Venezia’, etc, and has performed in most European countries and in the most prestigious Italian venues, accompanied by renowned orchestras and working with important conductors.
Legendary pianist Aldo Ciccolini, one of Pascalucci’s teachers, described his student in this way: “his musical and pianistic skills impressed me. He’s an exceptionally talented musician, intended to have an international career among the most brilliant ones”.
Concert date: 2022-09-04 14:00
Performers: Fiorenzo Pascalucci (piano, Italija)
Programme: G. F. Handel, E. Grieg, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, G. GershwinSeptember
Mountainsoul (A cappella, Armenia)
“…singing for me is the only language with which I feel it is possible to communicate with nature, time and the deep inner identity which is usually hidden. You may live a life without even realizing where you come from, where you go and, most importantly, why…
Through singing, I feel my roots go so deep down and my soul rays go up so high that in the end it feels like I am around the whole world, and I realize that there are actually no different roots or rays, we are all one, just spread out in branches, we may have different characters or words, but we are one.” (Aitana)
Aitana says that she does not have any musical or vocal education. Her learning method was “listening, keeping it inside and then letting it out as it appears”.
During the concert “Mountainsoul”, she will perform different Armenian songs like pure folk, rural ritual songs, love songs, medieval lullabies and ancient spiritual songs.
Concert date: 2022-09-10 16:00
Performers: Aitana (Ruzanna Saroyan) (A cappella, Armenia)
Dmitrij Golovanov: presentation of the album “Heritage”
Dmitrij Golovanov is one of the most captivating and prolific jazz pianists, composers and teachers in Lithuania. With his skill at handling the grand piano, keyboard instruments and computers, and being well acquainted with the history of jazz, he creates a singular style, from jazz classics to distinctive creative and experimental electronic music. A versatile musician, Golovanov moves freely between genres and projects, but he is most interested in performing original compositions, which show him to be both a contemplative and witty artist.
During the concert, Dmitrij Golovanov will present his new work: a solo album “Heritage”, recorded in the Paliesius Manor studio. The album, with pieces dedicated to piano and electronic sound, was described by a music critic as unique in both its playfulness and melancholic, meditative sound, which comes from the improvising nature of such music. However, according to the artist himself, different people will describe his music differently.
Concert date: 2022-09-24 16:00
Performers: Dmitrij Golovanov (piano, real-time sampling, Lithuania)
Programme: Dmitrij Golovanov – “Heritage”September
Globe Suit: Vytautas Kiminius (birbynė), Tadas Motiečius (accordion)
The Globe Suit is a musical journey that introduces the audience to different nations and their culture. It’s an educational concert both for children and adults, where all pieces will be performed with a birbynė and an accordion.
Birbynė is a Lithuanian aerophone. Its history traces back to the 16th century. It was first used by children and shepherds but was later improved and is now a serious instrument used in ensembles. Vytautas Kiminius is one of the most prominent birbynė players in Lithuania. He works hard at perfecting and promoting this national instrument: while doing so, he won several prizes and awards in various competitions.
Tadas Motiečius is a promising accordionist. He is an active performer and participant at various art and music projects. He has also won more than one prize at competitions and received an appreciation award from two of Lithuania’s presidents.
Concert date: 2022-10-08 16:00
Performers: Vytautas Kiminius (birbynė), Tadas Motiečius (accordion)
Programme: A. Schnittke, O. Balakauskas, V. Mikalauskas, E. Grieg, B. BartokOctober
Hélène Papadopoulos (piano, France)
“This is not just about playing Bach’s music for an audience. I also want to connect this music with younger generations through teaching and I want to make a connection between Bach and the contemporary era by asking composers to think about new languages inspired by his music.”
Hélène Papadopoulos is a pianist with a complex and highly sensitive personality. She is a searching artist who seeks deep insights into the music and into the art of piano playing. For her, no detail is too small to be a part of the global conception of a work.
She started studying the piano at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. In the class of Amy Lin, she received her Concert Diploma with the highest honours before moving back to Paris to join École Normale de Musique Cortot where she studied with Jean-Marc Luisada. She has always had a particular interest in J.S. Bach’s music.
Concert date: 2022-10-08 16:00
Performers: Hélène Papadopoulos (piano)
Programme: J. S. Bach Clavier-Übung Part IIOctober
XIII International Music Festival “Le strade d’Europa”: A TRIP TO THE MOON
During this concert, we will pay homage to silent cinema with music and video projections. A phenomenal jazz pianist Livio Minafra will fill the air with improvisations and modal harmonies and fly the audience to the moon to pay respects to the silent cinema genius Georges Méliès and his 1902 film “A Trip to the Moon”, a fantastic voyage of the human imagination.
Livio Minafra won the important Italian Top Jazz prize in 2005, 2008 and 2011. At 38 years of age, he has toured and performed on all continents. Minafra primarily performs solo but has also engaged in many prestigious collaborations as a pianist, composer, arranger and accordionist with such groups as the MinAfric Orchestra, Kocani Orkestar, Canto General, Radiodervish….
“Minafra’s is a music of exchange and contamination, rich in oriental echoes, of minimalistic contents, with ethnic references. You can define it as jazz but it is a limitative definition,” says journalist Amedeo Furfaro about him.
Concert date: 2022-10-29 16:00
Performers: Livio Minafra (piano, loop machine, Italy)October
XIII International Music Festival “Le strade d’Europa”: The Grand Prix Laureate of LAZIOSound contest (Italy)
The festival will be closed with a concert of the Grand Prix laureate of 2022 LAZIOSound contest in Italy. More information coming soon (once the contest takes place and the laureate is announced).
The festival is organised by VšĮ Musica Vitale.
Concert date: 2022-11-05 16:00November
Vilnius City Contemporary Music Ensemble “Synaesthesis” presents:
“To hear Grisey’s music is to have adventures in the stuff of sound that will change your ears for ever,” once wrote The Guardian about one of the most influential 20th-century composers’, French spectralist Gérard Grisey’s music. Raw and perfected at the same time, rigorously structured yet full of savage energy – this is the composer’s magnum opus: a three-movement thrilling journey with Vortex Temporum for piano, strings, and wind. This piece is a particular legacy of the composer, meditation of sound and time formats whose original, hardly recognisable motif is borrowed from Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. St. Augustine, one of the most influential philosophers of early Christianity, wrote that time proves itself until someone begins to try to describe it. In Vortex Temporum, Grisey transforms time into tangible material while exploring the behaviour of sound, as a physical phenomenon, in space. In this piece, Grisey makes the movement of molecules – sound material – perceivable by examining it on three different scales: with human eyes, through a molecular microscope, or by zooming out on it through a telescope – what the composer himself calls “the time of humans, insects, and whales”.
Performance date: 2022-11-12 16:00
Performers: Vytenis Gurstis (flute), Artūras Kažimėkas (clarinet), Simas Tankevičius (violin), Monika Kiknadzė (viola), Arnas Kmieliauskas (cello), Marta Finkelštein (piano), Karolis Variakojis (conductor)
Programme: Gerard Grisey – Vortex Temporum I,II,IIINovember
Daumantas Kirilauskas. 50th Anniversary Recital (piano, Lithuania)
“Kirilauskas is a high-level pianist. He is a mature musician with his own worldview, artistic conceptions, suggestions and culture. He is amongst the elite pianists of the world. I believe that he has a rare artist’s ethic and his own life goal, which is more than just pressing piano keys.” (Donatas Katkus, “Verslo žinios”)
Daumantas Kirilauskas is a laureate of national and international competitions. In 2019, he was awarded the title of Bösendorder Artist (Austria). In 2021, he was awarded a Golden disc by the Lithuanian Musicians Union for artistic excellence and concert activities.
The pianist has toured almost all European countries, the US, and Iran. He has performed with all Lithuanian orchestras, as well as with some foreign ones. He is a participant of many festivals and is among the traditional guests of the International Thomas Mann Festival and the Gaida Contemporary Music Festival in Lithuania.
Concert date: 2022-11-19 16:00
Performers: Daumantas Kirilauskas (piano, Lithuania)
Programme: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van BeethovenNovember
“Winter in Majorca”
On 26 November, with winter approaching, we invite you to spend a warm evening at Paliesius Manor and listen to the concert-performance “Winter in Majorca”, inspired by Franz Chopin’s and George Sand’s works and their love story. Pianist Eglė Andrejevaitė will bring to life Chopin’s preludes, Op. 28, written in Majorca, where he stayed together with novelist Sand – these preludes are musical haikus, telling the story of the two artists and their feelings. And Birutė Mar will read fragments from George Sand’s autobiographical novel “Winter in Majorca”, which immortalized moments of love, passion, tension and hardships in the relationship.
Birutė Mar is an actress, director, writer, founder and art director of SOLO TEATRAS. She has been making internationally acclaimed chamber performances, mono performances and projects uniting theatre, literature and music since 1998.
Pianist Eglė Andrejevaitė has won several international competitions, is a founder of a piano studio TonArt.
Concert date: 2022-11-26 16:00
Performers: Eglė Andrejevaitė (piano), Birutė Mar (actress)
Programme: Chopin’s Preludes, Op.28; fragments from Franz Chopin’s and George Sand’s contemporaries’ letters and memories, and George Sand’s autobiographical novel “Winter in Majorca”November
“The Wonderful Era”
On 3 December, Paliesius manor will be filled with music from late 19th century and early 20th century. The famous soloists Kristina Zmailaitė and Edmundas Seilius dubbed this period “the wonderful era” – because it was a truly wonderful period for music and a time of wonderful music.
Lithuanian National Philharmonic chamber music ensemble MUSICA HUMANA has been active since 1974. It now demonstrates a high artistic mastery, recognised not only in Lithuania but also abroad. The group frequently participates in international festivals, in Lithuania and abroad, such as Gaidos, Pazaislis Music Festival, Vilnius Music Festival, Ars Baltica in Nürnberg and The Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Britain. In the summer of 1999, its art director Vizgirda initiated the first Kursiu Nerija international summer festival of chamber music in Neringa, which has already become a traditional event in the culture of the region.
Concert date: 2022-12-03 16:00
Performers: Ensemble MUSICA HUMANA | Soloists: Kristina Zmailaitė (soprano), Edmundas Seilius (tenor), Robertas Beinaris (oboe), Ramunė Grakauskaitė (violin) | Conductor Robertas Beinaris
Programme: Frédéric Bonzon, Jules Massenet, Stefano Donaudy, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Edvard Grieg, Paolo TostiDecember
Saulius Petreikis (Folk / World, Lithuania)
Saulius Petreikis is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, composer and performer who holds an appreciation award for his musical input from the former president of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė. Playing more than 50 different wind instruments that he gathered from all over the world, he is also regarded as the only professional musician able to play a wide range of ancient Lithuanian/Baltic wind instruments.
His performances are charged with exceptional energy and spirit-lifting improvisations breaking down boundaries between traditional Folk and experimental World/Jazz music genres. His music is incredibly diverse and rich in texture and colour, thus electrifying both younger and older music lovers from different corners of the world. In recent years, Petreikis toured nearly all European countries as well as a held few exceptional shows in China and the US.
Concert date: 2022-12-10 16:00
Performers: Saulius Petreikis (multi-instrumentalist, Lithuania)
Programme: folk and world musicDecember
An Evening of French and American Sonatas
Clarinettist Rimvydas Savickas and pianist Marija Mirovska present a new programme of 20th century French and American music. The audience will hear well-known sonatas of Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns, as well as a rarer opus of Leonard Berstein. Aaron Copland’s Sonata, written for violin and piano but later arranged by the composer for clarinet and piano, will be played for the first time at Paliesius manor. All pieces will reveal the delicate and many-coloured beauty of a clarinet and piano duet.
Rimvydas Savickas is a laureate of several clarinet competitions. He is an active performer that has collaborated with many orchestras and participated in many festivals. He also teaches at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and leads various master classes abroad.
Marija Mirovska was born in Kharkov but now lives in Vilnius, Lithuania. She performs actively in various European cities solo and with many chamber ensembles and orchestras and participates in many festivals.
Concert date: 2023-01-28 16:00
Performers: Rimvydas Savickas (clarinet, Lithuania), Marija Mirovska (piano, Lithuania)
Programme: C. Saint-Saëns, F. Poulenc, A. Copland, L. BernsteinJanuary