The Little Prince
Pianist Gintaras Januševičius has been surprising his audiences with inventive programmes for ten years. Now he is taking on his biggest challenge yet. In this programme, Januševičius will be both a pianist and a storyteller, using the magic of musical sounds to give the legendary story of Antoine de Saint-Exupery a form never seen before. The philosophical text of the book will be enveloped by 27 French piano miniatures from the 19th and 20th centuries by both the well-known Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Georges Bizet, Camille Saint-Saëns, as well as the little-known Jehan Alain, Gabriel Grovlez, Jean-Henri Ravina or Cécile Chaminade. The concert can thus be called both a mono-spectacle and a kind of retrospective of French music.
The internationally renowned pianist rose to fame in 2004, when he became the youngest finalist in the Montreal International Piano Competition. As a soloist, he has appeared with more than 30 orchestras, presented solo and chamber programmes in many cities.
Performance date: 2024-03-09 16:00
Programme: Francis Poulenc, André Jolivet, Jacques Ibert, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Dutilleux, Georges Auric, Erik Satie, Camille Saint-Saëns, Arthur Honegger, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Maurice Ravel, Jules Massenet, Georges Bizet, Jean-Henri Ravina, Darius Milhaud, Germaine Tailleferre, Benjamin Godard, Mel Bonis, Paul Dukas, Emmanuel Chabrier, Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Jehan Alain, Gabriel Grovlez, Charles Koechlin, Cécile Chaminade, Frédéric Chopin
Performers: Pianist and reader Gintaras Januševičius (Lithuania / Germany)March
Concert in Memory of Virgilijus Noreika: Thank You for the Love of Music
On 16 March at Paliesius Manor: exclusive event in memory of Maestro Virgilijus Noreika. Noreika’s students, opera soloists Jovita Vaškevičiūtė, Antanas Zakarauskas, and pianist Linas Dužinskas will perform the most beautiful opera arias and duets by G. Puccini, G. Verdi, G. Bizet, and other composers.
Mezzo-soprano Jovita Vaškevičiūtė’s most outstanding performances took place at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. She was the third Lithuanian soloist to appear on this great stage: and the first Lithuanian to make his debut at the Teatro Colón was Maestro Noreika himself.
Antanas Zakarauskas is one of the most prominent dramatic tenors in the opera world today. He is the only opera soloist of Lithuanian origin to have been awarded the status of outstanding talent in Australia.
Linas Dužinskas, a wonderful pianist and accompanist, has been performing for many years with famous soloists. Currently, he is intensively preparing new programmes and giving concerts in Lithuania and Europe.
Performance date: 2024-03-16 16:00
Programme: A. Kačanauskas, C. Saent- Saens, R. Leoncavallo, G. Kancheli, G. Verdi, G. Bizet, A. Raudonikis, S. Šimkus, A. Piazzolla, J. Strauss, J. Offenbach, I. Kalman
Performers: Jovita Vaškevičiūtė (mezzo-soprano), Antanas Zakarauskas (tenor), Linas Dužinskas (piano) | LithuaniaMarch
A Fateful Meeting
On 23 March, two exceptional Lithuanian violinists, Martynas Švėgžda von Bekker and Jonas Tankevičius, will perform at Paliesius Manor. Although the two musicians, characterised by their impressivity and subtlety, have a long-standing friendship, this will be the first time they meet on stage. Symbolically, this creative tandem will be accompanied by the Vilnius Amateur Orchestra: the orchestra, founded by Martynas’ grandfather Povilas Bekker, was the orchestra with which Martynas began his musical career as a soloist, and Jonas Tankevičius, the first violinist of the Čiurlionis Quartet, has been one of the orchestra’s closest friends for the past decade.
The carefully selected programme with a romantic spirit will feature less-performed violin music gems and works that have never been heard in Lithuania before: that’s why it will certainly be a special evening for music connoisseurs.
Performance date: 2024-03-23 16:00
Programme: N. Paganini, J. Suk, E. Wolf-Ferrari, M. R. Owen, P. Sarasate
Performers: Martynas (violin, Lithuania / Germany), Jonas Tankevičius (violin, Lithuania), Vilnius Amateur OrchestraMarch
La Nativité du Seigneur | The Nativity of the Lord
On 6 April, one of the most important organ works of all time, the mystical and deeply theological cycle about the birth of Christ by the composer Olivier Messiaen, will be performed at Paliesius Manor. The performer is Dainius Sverdiolas, a talented organist who has studied Messiaen‘s work all his life.
Organist Dainius Sverdiolas (born in 1956) has given numerous organ recitals in Lithuanian concert halls and churches, has represented Lithuanian music culture at organ music festivals in Lithuania and abroad and has played the organs made by some of the most renowned masters of Western Europe. His artistic interests include monumental organ repertoire pieces from different epochs. The organist’s most notable achievement is the preparation of a 5 concert cycle that comprised all of Messiaen’s works.
La Nativité du Seigneur was created in 1935 and premiered on 27 February 1936 at La Trinité Church. Olivier Messiaen was only 26 when he composed this great masterpiece.
Performance date: 2024-04-06 16:00
Programme: Olivier Messiaen, The Nativity of the Lord (La Nativité du Seigneur)
Performers: Dainius Sverdiolas (organ, Lithuania)April
Two violins and a piano is a combination rarely heard. So this newly formed trio ensemble of three ambitious, talented performers, who have joined forces for a musical project, is unique. And the instruments make great conversations among themselves!
Dainius Puodžiukas is a concertmaster of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the title of laureate at the Young Virtuosos 2001 New York Festival Competition, which gave him the opportunity to perform as a soloist at the famous Carnegie Hall.
Ieva Puodžiukė is a Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra artist and teacher. She has toured many halls with Kremerata Baltica and has been performing chamber music for two violins together with her husband Dainius Puodžiukas since 2016.
Darius Mažintas’ piano playing is associated with expressiveness, subtlety and emotional presence. The pianist is known for musicality, unique interpretation, unexpected nuances and distinctive musical images.
Performance date: 2024-04-13 16:00
Programme: R. Clarke, L. Bernstein, M. Moszkowski
Performers: Dainius Puodžiukas (violin), Ieva Puodžiukė (violin), Darius Mažintas (piano) | LithuaniaApril
De España vengo (I Come from Spain)
On April 20 at Paliesius manor, two professional artists will come together to create a fiery fiesta of Spanish music. Hear enchanting Spanish songs by Spain’s most beloved composers, tender melodies of love, sultry rhythms pulsating with passion… A warm, cosy meeting with the performers and even warmer music will make you feel like you’re on a sunny holiday.
Aistė Pilibavičiūtė is one of the brightest opera soloists of the younger generation, a laureate of international competitions. She actively performs in the most famous Lithuanian and foreign venues, and performs roles on the main opera stage of our country: the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, where she was awarded the Opera Soloist of the Year award in 2019.
Pilibavičienė will be accompanied by pianist Nijolė Baranauskaitė. Her professional achievements have been recognised with numerous awards; she also often prepares solo programmes. In this concert, we will also hear several Spanish works for solo piano.
Performance date: 2024-04-20 16:00
Programme: Enrique Granados, Fernando J. Obradors, Miguel Sandoval, Manuel de Falla, José María Cano Andrés, Pablo Luna, Francisco Asenjo Barbieri, Agustín Lara
Performers: Aistė Pilibavičiūtė (soprano), Nijolė Baranauskaitė (piano) | LithuaniaApril
Dalia Morozovaitė: Touch
Dalia Morozovaitė, actress and poet, invites you to a cosy evening of poetry, where she will read poems from her first book of poetry “Lytėjimas” (“Touch”). She believes that one of the functions of art is healing. Everybody knows about art and music therapy, but she wants to introduce word therapy. This hour-long performance is a rest for the soul. Augustė Ivanauskienė will enliven the evening with flute sounds.
Words are alive.
Words touch the innermost recesses of our souls.
Spoken in peace, with love, words go deep into the heart, where it hurts, where it stings, and embrace us with love.
Words have a sound, they awaken the imagination.
They soothe and comfort, take away tension.
For those who seek authenticity, words are like art therapy, like a new breath, a meditation, a calm, a rest for the soul.
Performance date: 2024-04-27 16:00
Programme: poetry and music programme
Performers: Dalia Morozovaitė (actress / poet), Augustė Ivanauskienė (flute) | LithuaniaApril
Martín García García (piano, Spain)
Martín García García, one of the most talented contemporary pianists, returns to Paliesius manor! In autumn 2022, the performer first performed in Paliesius and Lithuania, enchanting the audience. Now he has a new programme, which he will present in the Paliesius Concert Hall on 4 May 2024.
Martín García García (born in Gijón, 1996) is considered, at 26 years old, one of the pianists with the greatest international projection.
The pianist has won first prizes in numerous international and national piano competitions, with his victory at the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition and his third place at the 2021 International Chopin Piano Competition being particularly noteworthy. In the latter competition, he also received a special award from the Warsaw Philharmonic National Orchestra for the best concerto performance.
Regardless of the venue’s size or the audience, he believes that there is profound content to offer to each person who has chosen to come and listen.
Performance date: 2024-05-04 18:00
Programme: J. S. Bach, J. Brahms
Performers: Martín García García (piano, Spain)May
“I Was Kindly Raised”
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a concert! On this day at Paliesius Manor we will embrace Mothers with the most beautiful Lithuanian words, songs and music, and will sing to them with love.
For where to find support in today’s turbulent times if not in the experiences of Mothers who brought us up, in their ability to live in the spirit of caring in the most difficult circumstances, to overcome the challenges, and to instill in our hearts the belief that even mountains can be overcome with love…
Four talented artists will gracefully unfold the spectrum of the programme with moments of intimacy as well as the energy that will captivate the audience. The dreamy works of Lithuanian composers and powerful poems by Lithuanian poets will leave no one indifferent and will give you the joy of finding an echo of your own experiences, the mysteries of the subconscious, the longing for Beauty and Harmony…
Performance date: 2024-05-05 14:00
Programme: Songs, romances, music and poems by Lithuanian authors
Performers: Judita Leitaitė (mecosoprano), Paulina Daukšytė-Šereckienė (violin), Beata Vingraitė-Andriuškevičienė (piano), Virginija Kochanskytė (actress, director) | LithuaniaMay
Juventus ad Astra. Young Talents at Paliesiaus Manor
On 11 May at Paliesius manor, come support the young talents of Lithuania! Pijus Pirogovas and Joris Mikužis have both been playing since the age of six and have already distinguished themselves in various competitions and concerts with orchestras. Now the young performers have prepared for us a charming classical programme!
Joris Mikužis won the Grand Prize at the International Piano Forum “Bieszczady bez granic” in Poland, the first prizes at the International Competition-Festival “Music without Borders” and the 13th National Competition for Young Musicians in 2021, among others. He was also awarded the first prize in the 14th National Competition for Pupils in Musical Composition “Mano nata”.
Pijus Pirogovas has taken part in more than 40 different competitions: in 25 of them, such as the International Chopin Competition in Narva, 2020, he won the 1st prize, in 8 of them, the GRAND PRIX. He has also played with numerous chamber and symphony orchestras.
Performance date: 2024-05-11 16:00
Programme: L. van Beethoven, F. Liszt, J. Haydn, C. Debussy
Performers: Pijus Pirogovas (piano), Joris Mikužis (piano) | LithuaniaMay
The J. S. Bach Sonatas: Hélène Papadopoulos (piano, France / USA), Marie-Claudine Papadopoulos (violin, France / Germany)
On 18 May, pianist Hélène Papadopoulos and violinist Marie-Claudine Papadopoulos will perform Bach’s sonatas for keyboard and violin at Paliesius Manor!
Hélène and Marie-Claudine are sibling artists, renowned for their interpretation of Bach’s music. They share a close sensitivity and a similar vision of Bach’s music. Since they enrich their playing and nurture their reflection with the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual response of their audience, each concert becomes a different and extraordinary experience.
The six Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin BWV 1014-1017 stand as history’s very first modern duo sonatas, where the keyboard is not a mere accompanying instrument, but treated as equal to the violin. The Sonatas are unbelievably varied, each with its own distinctive features and character, alternating slow movements with incredibly beautiful melodious lines, with fast contrapuntal movements that demand a sharp virtuosity for the keyboard and the violin.
Performance date: 2024-05-18 16:00
Programme: J.S. BACH, Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin BWV 1014-1017
Performers: Hélène Papadopoulos (piano, France / USA), Marie-Claudine Papadopoulos (violin, France / Germany)May
Jones Jones (USA / Lithuania)
On 25 May, a special union awaits you at Paliesius Manor. You will hear the ensemble Jones Jones, composed of MARK DRESSER, LARRY OCHS, and VLADIMIR TARASOV. Together they have created genuinely touching, sometimes meditative and sometimes explosive sets of music.
The trio first performed as a unit in 2006 for one concert in the San Francisco Bay Area; that concert has set off 18 years of leaderless sound explorations among three musicians whose ability to listen and respond shines forth during every trio concert. Performing entirely improvised music, every Jones Jones musical performance adds up to something unique that could only have happened within this particular trio configuration.
“…really moving past any expectations we might have based on the individual players, as they make all these fantastic choices throughout – and find ways to really reach forward as a single unit, in a range of really wonderful sounds!” © 2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
Performance date: 2024-05-25 18:00
Performers: Mark Dresser (double bass, USA), Larry Ochs (saxophone, USA), Vladimir Tarasov (percussion, Lithuania)May
IN ITINERE. Musical Dialogues between Teacher and Student. Czech and Italian Sonatas for Harpsichord from the 18th Century
Start your summer with art, listening to the musical conversations of Giedrė Lukšaitė Mrázková and Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė, teacher and student. Both are renowned harpsichordists who have appeared in various countries as soloists and with various ensembles. Beniušytė used to study at the HAMU Academy in Prague in the harpsichord class of Prof. Lukšaitė-Mrazková: now they are back together for a joint concert.
Giedrė Lukšaitė Mrázková is a harpsichordist, organist, pianist and pedagogue. In 2011, she was awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas (5th grade) for her services to Lithuanian culture.
Hapsichordist Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė actively participates in various international events and festivals, and is invited to serve on competition juries. She is also involved in organisational activities: for example, she is the director of the International Early Music Festival Banchetto musicale.
Performance date: 2024-06-01 16:00
Programme: L. Koželuh, J. A. Štepan, Fr. Benda, P. D. Paradisi and D. Scarlatti sonatos for hapsichord and four hands
Performers: Giedrė Lukšaitė Mrázková (hapsichord, Lithuania / Czech Republic), Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė (hapsichord, Lithuania / Italy)June
LARS DANIELSSON & GREGORY PRIVAT PLAY LIBERETTO
On June 8, we invite you to the first concert of the Lars Danielsson and Grégory Privat duet in the Baltic States!
Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson is a true Nordic jazz legend, and critics never fail to sing his praises. He plays double bass more melodically and lyrically than others, and is famous for his technical brilliance, a vivid and consistently fertile musical imagination, and an almost telepathic understanding with other musicians. At the Paliesius Manor, he will perform with jazz pianist Grégory Privat from Martinique, considered one of the most prominent musicians of the new jazz scene.
The duo will perform Liberetto, Danielsson’s most famous album and the quintessence of his diverse forms of expression. In the album, he found a new balance between jazz, classical music, pop and European folk music and thus opened up a new dimension of how compositional processes and dramaturgy could be used in jazz. And pianist Grégory Privat adds yet another different hue to this music.
Performance date: 2024-06-08 18:00
Performers: Lars Danielsson (double bass, Sweden), Grégory Privat (piano, France / Martinique)June
ARMONAS-USS DUO: Romantic Spirits with Cello and Piano
Pianist Irena Uss and cellist Rimantas Armonas are renowned promoters of Lithuanian contemporary music. They collaborate creatively with Lithuanian composers, often inspiring the creation of new works, and have prepared more than 50 world premieres of works by Lithuanian and foreign composers in various countries. Both musicians are also professors at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
The ARMONAS-USS duo has been active since 1977. During 45 years of their creative activity, more than 800 concerts have been held in Lithuania and abroad. Composers have dedicated a number of works to this duo and the duo has been awarded the Lithuanian Government Culture and Art Prize for their contribution to Lithuanian culture and art. The duo has recorded about 150 works for Lithuanian and foreign radio funds, released audio cassettes, CDs and video recordings (DVD). The artists’ creative activity has been presented on LRT music programmes several times.
Performance date: 2024-06-15 16:00
Programme: Louis Caix d’Hervelois, Robert Schumann, Anatolijus Šenderovas, Claude Debussy, Enrique Granados, Ottorino Respighi, Joaquin Nin y Castellanos
Performers: ARMONAS USS DUO: Rimantas Armonas (cello), Irena Uss (piano) | LithuaniaJune
Jurga Šeduikytė: Dream Workshop
Jurga Šeduikytė has been shining like a real star in the Lithuanian music scene for more than two decades. She is exceptional not only because of her musical vocation but also because of her many other talents. Fans have seen Jurga on TV screens, admired her on the theatre stage and in movies, and read her published texts and a book. But she still does not want to stop. She continues to search for the path to her dreams and wants to share her quest with others.
This time, together with Kęstutis Pavalkis, a master of the piano, and teacher of classical, jazz and improvisational music, she invites you to a somewhat atypical, but no less musical, experiential concert “Dream Workshop”. According to Jurga, this is an exceptional concert, where the music and lyrics are arranged deliberately, in a special order, creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and there are no mistakes.
Performance date: 2024-06-29 16:00
Performers: Jurga Šeduikytė (vocals), Kęstutis Pavalkis (piano) | LithuaniaJune
Baltic Guitar Quartet: Four guitars, together for 20 years
On 13 July, come to hear four guitars that have been playing together for twenty years at Paliesius Manor!
The group was born when four students from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre formed the Baltic Guitar Quartet twenty years ago. Five years later they were joined by a guitarist from Belgium. The original repertoire accumulated over twenty years of their musical journey will be reflected in the programme of the concert, which includes the first and the newest piece written for the quartet by Chris Ruebens and a piece written for the quartet by Mindaugas Stumbras, composed especially for this occasion. The programme will also include works from the quartet’s older albums Dancing with Guitar, Tradicion nuevo, and the latest album Meadow Path.
“A top-class classical music ensemble from Lithuania. <…> Incredible sensitivity, uncompressed dynamics and congenial group performance” – says Oberbayerisches Volksblatt.
Performance date: 2024-07-13 16:00
Programme: pieces by Eduardas Balsys, Jonas Švedas, Faustas Latėnas, Edward Elgar, Leo Brouwer, Mindaugas Stumbras and Chris Ruebens.
Performers: Zigmas Čepulėnas, Sergej Krinicin, Saulius S. Lipčius, Chris Ruebens | Lithuania / BelgiumJuly
Gunta Ābele and Giovanni Fornasini duo (cello, piano | Switzerland)
Gunta Ābele. She was born for the cello. A magnificent, powerful musician of great talent with a wide smile and a big heart. This queen of the cello and her husband, the virtuoso pianist Giovanni Fornasini, will create a playful and harmonious duo in an exclusive concert at the Paliesius Manor. The musicians have a precise sense of each other, and the complex passages are even more interesting to listen to because when one of them is playing very strongly and expressively, the other turns into a silent background – and vice versa. The music will include Spanish songs by Carlos Guastavino and compositions by Fauré, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. This summer programme will uplift, bring joy and fill the hearts of the audience with positive emotions.
Gunta Ābele has won many competitions. In 2013 and 2019, she was nominated for the Latvian Grand Music Awards. As a soloist and member of ensembles, she has performed in many European venues and participated in renowned festivals.
Performance date: 2024-07-20 16:00
Performers: Gunta Ābele (cello), Giovanni Fornasini (piano) | SwitzerlandJuly
Evelina Sašenko: Je Chante Piaf
The talented Evelina Sašenko goes on stage with her first and eternal love: Edith Piaf, whose work and songs have accompanied Evelina from her school days to the present day: from her adolescently daring contest “Dainų dainelė” to a packed hall of the Church of St Catherine at the peak of her career. Evelina lives in Edith Piaf’s songs with all her soul and thoughts, having mastered not only the French language but also, it seems, the streets of Montmartre, the era and the mood of the chanson genre. She travels through the melodious story, sometimes in her own way and sometimes in Edith’s own, telling a story of loyalty, sensitivity, understanding, respect, compassion, longing and hope.
During the performance, Evelina will be accompanied by her faithful companion, pianist Paulius Zdanavičius, who is inseparable from the encounters between the singer and her muse Edith Piaf. The programme will feature well-known songs that will sound anew: “La Vie En Rose”, “Padam Padam”, and others.
Performance date: 2024-07-27 16:00
Programme: the most famous songs of Edith Piaf
Performers: Evelina Sašenko (vocals, Lithuania), Paulius Zdanavičius (piano, Lithuania)July
Jean-Marc Luisada plays Chopin (piano, France)
On 3 August, French pianist Jean-Marc Luisada will return to Paliesius manor to perform Chopin’s Mazurkas! He won the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1985 and is now known as one of the best and most distinctive Chopin interpreters in the world.
Jean-Marc Luisada is also known for his outstanding grace and unexpected interpretations. He plays for the soul of the audience and likes making jokes on stage. He has won several prizes in international piano competitions and has performed in many countries with many orchestras, quartets, and instrumentalists.
As a chamber musician, he has performed with Gary Hoffman, Pierre Amoyal, Philippe Bernold, Yuzuko Horigome, Patrick Messina, the Talich, Modigliani, and Fine Arts Quartets, among others.
In addition to his concert activity, he teaches at the École Normale Alfred Cortot in Paris.
Performance date: 2024-08-03 16:00
Programme: F. Chopin
Performers: Jean-Marc Luisada (piano, France)August
Duo Zeffiretti: Maayan Licht (male soprano), Guy Maori (hapsichord) | Israel
Meet Duo Zeffiretti on 17 August at Paliesius Manor: the critically acclaimed male soprano Maayan Licht and the talented pianist Guy Maori come to Lithuania and the Baltic States for the very first time! The duo won the Jury and Audience Prize at the prestigious Grachtenfestival competition in Amsterdam in 2020 and has been awarded several scholarships. Male sopranos are rare, so do not miss this exceptional performance!
Maayan Licht interprets virtuoso operatic roles as well as the Italian and French Baroque repertoire, which he shapes with a rich palette of expressive nuances. He won several prizes: the scholarship of the Dino Arici Foundation in the 2019/20 season, the Audience Prize in the Aviv Competition (2015), etc. Maayan performs frequently in the Netherlands and abroad.
Guy Maori is an Israeli harpsichordist, pianist and fortepianist who has been residing in the Netherlands since 2017. Guy performs frequently as a soloist as well as a member of different ensembles.
Performance date: 2024-08-17 18:00
Programme: Duo Zeffiretti – „Stravaganza Italiana“: A. Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, G. F. Handel, W. Babell, J. S. Bach
Performers: Duo Zeffiretti: Maayan Licht (male soprano), Guy Maori (harpsichord) | IsraelAugust
“La belle époque”: Mūza Rubackytė (piano) and Dmitri Makhtin (violin)
In this concert, pianist Mūza Rubackytė and violinist Dmitrijus Makhtinas present their new album, dedicated to the works of Leopold Godowski and Karol Szymanowski for violin and piano. This is the second album, in which Rubackytė interprets the music of the great Litwak composer and the colourful Polish composer. The first album has been widely acclaimed internationally and won the Diapason d’Or award.
The programme presented in this concert unveils the spirit of La belle époque, the beautiful era, full of charm and inspiring ideas. The works by L. Godowsky and K. Szymanowski compose the core of this programme and paint a colourful landscape of this era’s chamber music.
Mūza Rubackytė, laureate of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Art, is one of the most important ambassadors of Lithuanian musical culture in the world. Violinist Dmitri Makhtin has won the Niccolo Paganini, Louis Spohr, Montreal, Sibelius, Praetoria, and other competitions.
Performance date: 2024-08-24 16:00
Programme: Leopold Godowsky, Johannes Brahms, Karol Szymanowski
Performers: Mūza Rubackytė (piano, Lithuania / France / Switzerland) and Dmitri Makhtin (violin, Holland)August
Simonas Miknius (piano, Lithuania)
Simonas Miknius returns to the Paliesius Manor Concert Hall after four years! Come spend a warm afternoon with music.
Simonas is currently studying at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and is a laureate and prize-winner of many national and international piano competitions. He has given concerts with the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher’s Orchestra, VMU, and the Lviv and Warsaw Chamber Orchestras.
Simon’s jewel-like performances of classical music are characterised by maturity and exceptional musicality. His repertoire is very broad, ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. Some of the composers closest to his heart are Chopin, Liszt, Rameau, and Beethoven.
Performance date: 2024-09-14 16:00
Performers: Simonas Miknius (piano, Lithuania)September
On 21 September, meet the shapers of Lithuanian jazz: Petras Vyšniauskas and Arkadijus Gotesmanas, the duo PetrArka! The duo debuted in 1990 and since then has become an important phenomenon on the scene, visited many prestigious jazz festivals in Europe. So don’t miss their concert-improvisation and spend an afternoon with jazz!
Their creative trajectories crossed when Lithuania was on the threshold of independence. In 1990, they debuted as the duo PetrArka and soon released their first jazz album Lithuania. The musicians share not only a taste for musical experimentation, but also a fascination for dialogue with other arts, especially literature. “We are always close to text: plays, poems, sonnets”, Gotesman has said. It’s no coincidence that the duo’s name is literary: it’s inspired by the legendary 14th century writer Francesco Petrarca, famous for his love sonnets. According to the duo, the form of the sonnets is close to the duo’s playing style.
Performance date: 2024-09-21 16:00
Programme: concert-improvisation „Motifs of the duo“
Performers: Petras Vyšniauskas (sax, piano), Arkadij Gotesman (percussion) | LithuaniaSeptember
Album release concert „Resistance”: Natania Hoffman (cello, Italy/US), Monika Dars (piano, Lithuania/Belgium)
On 12 October, the duo of Lithuanian pianist Monika Dars and Italian-American cellist Natania Hoffman will return to the Paliesius Manor Concert Hall. Here, the musicians embarked on their musical explorations back in March 2023 while recording their duo’s debut album, Resistance.
They are dynamic soloists and chamber musicians who have appeared on stages in various countries, played solo with European and American orchestras, and won numerous international competitions. The duo of Natania and Monica was formed in Belgium in 2017 and soon won the second prize at the Luigi Nono Chamber Music Competition in Italy. Since then, they have performed together on stages in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy and Lithuania, and finally released their debut album.
The album explores four powerful and deeply human works by 20th-century composers from the Soviet Union and the Third Reich, as well as resistance to this music in the 21st-century, both symbolically and politically.
Performance date: 2024-10-12 16:00
Programme: A. Šenderovas, D. Shostakovich, J. Hoffman, J. Brahms
Performers: Natania Hoffman (cello, Italy/US), Monika Dars (piano, Lithuania/Belgium)October
Nitai Hershkovits (piano | jazz)
‘Hershkovits dances on the keys with the elegance of Fred Astaire and the melancholic wit of Charlie Chaplin’ (Cem Akalin, General Anzeiger Bonn)
Pianist and composer Nitai Hershkovits has been described as a “Genuine prodigy” by BBC music. He is a charismatic performer with an incredibly strong voice and musical vision. His dynamic playing crosses boundaries and genres thanks to a light, elegant touch that conveys a full spectrum of deep emotions and contrasts.
Nitai is an exception as a musician having done the opposite of what most do: he studied jazz as a foundation and came into classical later. This unique combination emboldens his eclectic playing style. “Reminiscent of a silky-toned old piano swinger such as the late Hank Jones” (The Guardian), intertwining bliss and melancholy with skilful freedom.
Performance date: 2024-10-19 18:00
Performers: Nitai Hershkovits (piano)October
Theatrical concert: From Darkness to Light
In this theatrical concert, the artists will delve into the darkest depths of the soul, but even in the thickest darkness, they will find a burst of light that fills the soul with kindness and peace. They will share their experiences through music, poetry and improvisation, inviting the listeners to ascend towards the light with arts.
Marius Repšys is one of the best-known Lithuanian theatre and film actors, who has created many memorable roles and won many prestigious awards. He also expresses his creativity in music. Joris Sodeika is a pianist who does not shy away from trying out different amplitudes. He is known for his versatility and adventurous spirit. Soprano Karolina Glinskaitė boldly takes on creative challenges and completes them with her distinctive stage presence, character and sense of music. Karolina’s flexibility as a classical performer and her ability to adapt to every genre and musical idea of every project she takes part in is simply astonishing.
Performance date: 2024-10-26 16:00
Programme: Original music and improvisations
Performers: Marius Repšys (music, poetry | Lithuania), Joris Sodeika (piano, improvisations | Lithuania), Karolina Glinskaitė (soprano, poetry, improvisations | Belgium / Lithuania)October
Dances for the Strings. Čiurlionis Quartet and Joana Daunytė
Meet winter with dances for the strings! On 30 November at Paliesius manor, harpist Joana Daunytė and the Čiurlionis Quartet will present us with a concert of sincere music. The concert will feature compositions by both classical French composers and Lithuanian creators.
A new Lithuanian opus will be performed: Olivia’s Awakening by Arvydas Malcis. The composer said that he was encouraged to create this piece by Joana Daunytė, who had the idea to juxtapose the Lithuanian composer’s work with Claude Debussy’s Sacred and Secular Dances. You will also hear Mindaugas Urbaitis’ composition Serenity, written for the 125th anniversary of Čiurlionis’ birth. Another highlight of the concert is the Čiurlionis Quartet’s performance of Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major, one of the most outstanding chamber music opuses of the early 20th century, foreshadowing the composer’s colourful impressionistic style.
Performance date: 2024-11-30 16:00
Programme: Mindaugas Urbaitis, Claude Debussy, Arvydas Malcys, Maurice Ravel
Performers: Čiurlionis Quartet: Jonas Tankevičius (I violin), Darius Dikšaitis (II violin), Gediminas Dačinskas (viola), Elena Daunytė (cello) | Solistė: Joana Daunytė (harp) | LithuaniaNovember
Mariam Batsashvili (piano, Georgia)
On 14 December, the talented Georgian pianist Mariam Batsashvili comes to Paliesius Manor for the first time! She is a regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall, has performed in over 30 countries, has been successful in numerous competitions, and has already released two CDs.
“Still in her 20s, she has continued to display that mix of virtuosic brilliance and sensitive insight that defines her playing.” (The Observer, Fiona Maddocks, 6 August 2022)
Mariam Batsashvili’s musicianship seems to connect directly with one’s heart, and her colours of sound, thoughtful interpretations, and stupendous touch move and delight her audiences. She also gets a lot of attention for her exceptionally successful social media work, especially her video tutorials.
Performance date: 2024-12-14 18:00
Performers: Mariam Batsashvili (piano, Georgia)December
Trio Agora: Hotel Tango
We will end the summer season at Paliesius Manor with Trio Agora: three charismatic musicians, laureates of various prestigious international competitions that regularly perform in many European concert halls but do not forget Lithuania. They will present their latest album Hotel Tango, released in June 2023 with the German record label Accentus Music. The album is a kind of international tango manifestation.
Trio Agora is a dynamic ensemble that is rapidly establishing itself as a leader in its genre. It’s a favourite with audiences for its innovation and enthusiasm. The trio won the International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Chamber Music in Düsseldorf in 2018 and the Ton & Erklärung and Ysaÿe competitions in 2021. It regularly performs new works by contemporary composers that are dedicated to the ensemble, as well as its own transcriptions and arrangements of compositions, and presents classical and romantic repertoire in major European venues.
Performance date: 2025-08-30 16:00
Programme: A. Lauro, E. Lecuona, R. Galliano, M. Ravel, C. Gardel, R. Mendizábal, J. Hoffman, I. Stravinsky, Á. Piazzolla
Performers: Žilvinas Brazauskas (clarinets, vocals, Lithuania / Germany), Natania Hoffman (cello, Italy / USA / Belgium), Robertas Lozinskis (piano, Lithuania)August