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)
Georgijs Osokins (piano, Latvia)
Pianist Georgijs Osokins, a rising star in the world of classical music, the youngest recipient of the Latvian Grand Music Award, highest honour in the music industry of Latvia, is coming to Paliesius manor!
As renowned pianist Sergei Babayan once said, “He has a very rare gift of a true Chopinist.” “Refined, impeccable technique, musical ideas – simply great piano playing,” was said on France Musique.
Georgijs Osokins gained international attention through his participation at age of 19 in the 2015 Chopin Competition where his performances received either superlatives or led to controversy. He was a clear audience favourite and the most discussed competitor when he was dubbed by critics as “exceptional and unpredictable.”
Since his public debut with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10, Osokins has appeared with many orchestras, won several first prizes at various competitions, and continues to debut at prestigious venues.
Performance date: 2022-09-14 19:00
Performers: Georgijs Osokins (piano, Latvia)September
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
Legend of Čiurlionis
Harpist Joana Daunytė had an idea to arrange Čiurlionis’ music for the harp for a long time. She missed Lithuania and wanted to expand her harp repertoire with Lithuanian music, so she finally did it. Daunytė says that the composer’s early works are similar to harp music and believes that Čiurlionis would have created pieces for the harp if there were only harpists around him at the time.
Daunytė took 16 Čiurlionis’ pieces for piano and arranged them for harp. She performed and recorded the pieces in the Paliesius manor studio with Baltic Mobile Recordings and released the CD Čiurlionis on the Harp Strings with Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label.
During the concert at Paliesius, Daunytė will perform the arranged Čiurlionis’ music for the harp, as well as some music from the composer’s French contemporaries.
Performance date: 2023-02-11 16:00
Performers: Joana Daunytė (harp)
Programme: M. K. Čiurlionis, H. Renié, G. Fauré, C. Salzedo, M. TournierFebruary
Concert „A Kiss from France“
On February 25 at 4 PM, a French-inspired programme “A Kiss from France” awaits at Paliesius manor. It’s a new surprise from the ensemble LIETUVA, which has always had interesting repertoires: this time, the ensemble will perform pieces by Bizet, Debussy, Ravel and other French virtuosos with Lithuanian national instruments. The audience will hear songs from “Carmen”, “L’Arlésienne” and “Bolero” in Lithuanian and will also see performances of modern dance compositions.
The songs will be performed by the ensemble LIETUVA, led by senior conductor dr Egidijus Kaveckas, and a fast-rising opera singer, soprano Ilona Pliavgo. And for the very first time, the programme will be enriched by the solo dance performance of the ensemble’s senior ballet master Aušra Krasauskaitė, who has won some of the highest Lithuanian awards for her works.
Performance date: 2023-02-11 16:00
Performers: Senior conductor and orchestra leader: dr Egidijus Kaveckas. Performers: State Song and Dance Ensemble LIETUVA. Soloist: Ilona Pliavgo (soprano). Dance solo: Aušra Krasauskaitė. Arranger: Rūta Raginytė
Programme: C. Debussy, G. Bizet, L. Delibes, J. Massenet, G. Faure, J. Offenbach, M. Ravel
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BAROQUE CONTEMPO: Baroque Music with a Different Face
On 4 March, Paliesius manor invites all to a synthesis of baroque and jazz, a unique and colourful combination. Quartet Baroque Contempo will reveal the magic of impulsive baroque by enriching arias with intriguing jazz pulse. Jazz performers Vytis Smolskas, Silvija Pankūnaitė and Simonas Šipavičius and a classical singer soprano Karolina Glinskaitė will lead the audience to a trip in the labyrinths of baroque music. The Muse of this idea is Harmony. While searching for the points of contact between two different musical styles, the performers metaphorically encourage everyone to strive for tolerance, commonality and spiritual harmony. And by making music together, they create a pure and magical atmosphere, reflect various feelings and experiences. This baroque will be different. It’s new baroque. Baroque with no wigs but with wings.
The audience will also see an original visual installation, created according to Baroque Contempo’s music by the artists Adomas Žudys and Dalia Mikonytė.
Performance date: 2023-03-04 16:00
Performers: Karolina Glinskaitė (vocals, Belgium/Lithuania), Silvija Pankūnaitė (vocals, Lithuania), Vytis Smolskas (piano, arrangements, Lithuania), Simonas Šipavičius (saxophone, Lithuania)
Programme: A. Stradella, G. Sibella, Ch. W. Gluck, G. F. Händel, F. Durante, G. Bononcini, G. B. Pergolesi, G. Caccini, C. Gounod, J.S. BachMarch