Two piano recitals in one night, showcasing amazingly nimble fingers on black and white keys, will cast the spotlight on two young Lithuanian pianists – Eglė Andrejevaitė and Rokas Valuntonis.
Having garnered numerous prizes at international competitions, Eglė Andrejevaitė (b. 1982) is active both as a soloist and chamber musician. She chose haiku as the theme for her solo programme, in which this short, succinct form of Japanese poetry based on the juxtaposition of simple words creating complex imagery is likened to the genre of piano prelude that has acquired the status of an independent concert piece in the work of Frédéric Chopin.
Eglė says, “the genius of Frédéric Chopin made the piano sing. He also managed to put the prelude on a pedestal of music, considering it to be the consummate form of improvisation, capable of touching upon the most sensitive strings of the heart and, despite its brevity, of conveying the full intensity of emotional experience. The listeners will be treated to the entire set of 24 preludes, Op. 28.
Eulogised as “a young artist endowed with the gift of charisma” by music critic Daiva Tamošaitytė, Rokas Valuntonis (b. 1988) is the laureate of more than twenty international piano competitions and currently enjoys an active international career as a soloist and recitalist. Speaking of his forthcoming recital in Klaipėda, he describes it as “a summery and homely selection of piano pieces full of different characters and contrasting moods, which allow us to simply revel in the music from different historical periods and countries. The binding thread running through this programme is the narrative element, which usually facilitates the perception of musical content.”
For this recital of programme music Valuntonis has already received many accolades at different venues around Europe and won Silver Medal at the Osimo International Piano Competition in Italy, in 2019.