Masterclasses for violin, cello and piano
We proudly present our faculty of Ars SummerFest 2019!
Džeraldas Bidva - July 21-25
Marko Ylönen - July 21-26
Gleb Pyšniak - July 21-26 (cello also for juniors)
Lukas Geniušas - July 21-26
Anna Geniushene - July 21-26
Gleb Pyšniak, Džeraldas Bidva, Anna Geniushene - July 21-26
Džeraldas Bidva (LT)
Džeraldas is a first violin, concertmaster of Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. In the last years he mainly performs in various chamber music ensembles. D. Bidva plays solo regularly with Lithuanian Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
Džeraldas Bidva was born in Lithuania. He graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater in 1999.
D. Bidva has been a guest-player in many prestigious festivals like Lockenhaus, Gstaad, Maerze, Les Museiques, Salzburg, etc. He has played with artists like Oleg Maisenberg, Yurij Bashmet, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Gidon Kremer, and many other great musicians.
2005 together with his friends from chamber orchestra Džeraldas has formed a string quartet Kremeratini.
D. Bidva is a member of Kremerata Baltica since it’s foundation in 1997.
Course languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian
Marko Ylönen (FIN)
Already at the age of fifteen Marko Ylönen was one of the finalists in a national cello competition in Finland. In 1990 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Turku Scandinavian Cello Competition and later that year he became a finalist and a prizewinner in the Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow. 1996 he won the first prize at the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York.
Marko Ylönen has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Finland and other European countries as well as in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and America. He plays regurlarly as soloist with all major Finnish orchestras. He has also played with such leading orchestras as Camerata Salzburg, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Among the conductors he has worked with, are Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Juha Kangas, John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo, Okko Kamu, James de Priest, Mosche Atzmon, Alexander Vedernikov, Heinrich Schiff, Ben Wallfish, Susanna Mälkki, Osmo Vänskä, Olli Mustonen and Hannu Lintu.
As chamber musician, mr. Ylönen has played with a great number of worlds leading musicians in various ensembles at many music festivals. He has been invited Artistic Director of Korsholm Music Festival in 2008 and 2010, which position he successfully held also in 2003. From autumn 2009 Ylönen is engaged as professor for chamber music at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki. He has given masteclasses in Sweden, Austria, USA, Australia, Egypt and in Azerbaijan.
Apart from classical repertoire, Marko Ylönen plays occassionally contemporary music. He has premiered several works by Finnish composers, the most recent of them was Jouni Kaipainen’s Celloconcerto in March 2003 with the Finnish Radio Symphony.
Marko Ylönen’s discography is mainly on three labels, ONDINE, BIS and FINLANDIA, and it includes both modern concertos and traditional repertoire. The latest releases are Two Serious Melodies op. 77 for cello and orchestra by Sibelius (Lahti Symphony/dir. OsmoVänskä, BIS), Cello Concerto by Peteris Vasks (Tampere Filharmonia/dir. John Storgårds, ONDINE) and Cello Concerto by Joonas Kokkonen (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/dir. Sakari Oramo, Ondine).
Marko Ylönen has studied with Csaba Szilvay, Erkki Rautio, Heikki Rautasalo and Heinrich Schiff.
Ylönen plays a David Tecchler -Cello from 1707 owned by Suomen Kulttuurirahasto.
Course languages: English, Finnish, German
Gleb Pyšniak (LT)
... All conjured honest communication with the artist Gleb Pyšniak. According to witnesses, and everybody only heard Yo Yo Ma spoken words to him: "Excellent! Charming! Unique!" following open master classes wrote the newspaper "Lietuvos rytas"
... It seems, there is not a single emotion that couldn't be conveyed by this fiery temperamental virtuoso, stunning the listeners with its technical arsenal. "Respublika"
Born in 1987 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Gleb Pyšniak is one of the brightest in his generation of Baltic cellists. He made his concerto debut at age 14 in Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall as a soloist with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under prof. Saulius Sondeckis. Since then he has performed as a soloist internationally in Europe and USA in prestigious venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Vienna Musikverein, Casa da Musica of Porto, Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Teatro Verdi in Pisa, at the Great Guild of Riga City and others. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (conductor Andris Vecumnieks), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (conductor Georg Mark), Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (conductor prof. Saulius Sondeckis), Symphony Orchestra of Porto (conductor Alexandr Shelley), Symphony Orchestra of Kaunas (conductor Modestas Pitrenas), Sinfonietta Rīga, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius, Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra (conductor Andris Veismanis) and others.
Gleb Pyšniak has worked with several internationally recognized maestros including Yo-Yo Ma, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Geringas, Philippe Muller, Heinrich Schiff, Lluis Claret, Maria Kliegel, László Mezö, Miklós Perényi, Gustav Rivinius, Silvija Sondeckienė and many others.
Gleb Pyšniak is a prize-winner of many national and international competitions including the Karl Davydov IV International Cello Competition; the 1st prize as well as a special prize Accord case winner of the VI Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Poreč , the 1st prize as well as a special prize of the August Dombrovskis VI International Competition, the 1st prize in the competition of string instruments of all Lithuanian academies in 2008, Grand Prix in the competition organized by the society of Jews in Lithuania in 2008, Yamaha Award winner in 2010, and in addition to winning many others.
In 2005 Mr. Pyšniak was awarded a grant of the Monsignor Kazimieras Vasiliauskas Fund. In 2006 he was awarded by Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus for the making known the cultural name of Lithuania abroad. In 2009 Gleb Pyšniak was selected the “New Master on Tour" in the International „Holland music sessions“ and able to perform in the world's famous concert halls. In 2012 during the festival "ISA Prague-Vienna-Budapest" together with violinist Dalia Dedinskaite Gleb Pyšniak won "Kodály Award" for an outstanding performance of Zoltán Kodály Duo op. 7 for violin and cello.
In 2008 he performed a world premier with prof. David Geringas, prof. Rimantas Armonas and others - CONCERTO DA CAMERA for 7 cellos by Vytautas Laurušas and after recorded it.
In 2014, together with violinist Dalia Dedinskaite and pianist Ole Christian Haagenrud, Gleb Pyšniak recorded CD "Piano trios by Johanna Doderer" (label: Capriccio/Naxos), which received very positive reviews in Austria - "... Stunning recording. An absolute must-listen.” review of the new Vilos Trio CD "Piano Trios" by Johanna Doderer, "Wiener Zeitung", 14.10.2014
In 2015 together with violinist Dalia Dedinskaite and pianist Gintaras Janusevicius he recorded and presented CD "Window to Lithuania" (selected chamber music for violin, cello and piano) in the USA, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine.
Mr. Pyšniak began his formal studies in 1998 at the Balys Dvarionas Ten-Year Music School under Tatjana Kuc. Afterwards, he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre as a student of prof. Rimantas Armonas. In 2015 he graduated "Master solo" studies with distinction at the Konservatorium Wien University as a student of prof. Natalia Gutman.
Among many concert activities Mr. Pyšniak is artistic director of festivals "Christmas in Vilnius" and "Ars SummerFest".
Course languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian
Lukas Geniušas (RU/LT)
‘Geniušas seems to know how to do everything better than anyone…’
Russian-Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting and distinctive artists of his generation.
Praised for his ‘brilliance and maturity’ (The Guardian) he is invited to give recitals in the most prestigious venues all over the world such as the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Gaveau, Auditorium du Louvre, Frick Collection New York, Phillips Collection, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Teatro Carlo Felice, Sala Verdi in Milan and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He is also regularly invited to festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Rheingau, the Ruhr Piano Festival, Schloss-Elmau and the Lockenhaus Music Festivals.
Lukas performs with numerous orchestras including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre national de Lyon, NHK Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Russian National Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Victoria, Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, Warsaw Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Leondard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Andrey Boreyko, Tugan Sokhiev, Saulius Sondeckis, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antoni Wit, Rafael Payare, and Dmitry Liss, to name but a few.
Forthcoming highlights include debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Yomiuri Mainichi Symphony Orchestra, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and a series of three concerts at the Salle Gaveau in the 2019/20 season.
Known for his innate curiosity and extensive musical interests, Lukas explores a wide range of repertoire, from the baroque to works by contemporary composers. His repertoire spans from Beethoven Piano Concerti through to Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis and John Adams, as well as a strong interest in Russian repertoire such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and, of course, Prokofiev. He is an avid chamber musician and an extremely inquisitive performer and enjoys working on new works by modern composers, as well as resurrecting rarely performed repertoire.
These aspects of his career are reflected in Lukas’ critically acclaimed discography, which includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninov (the complete Preludes); Chopin (Etudes opus 10 and 25) and works by Stravinsky, Desyatnikov, and Tchaïkovsky with Aylen Pritchin at Melodiya. His most recent CD, of Prokofiev’s 2nd and 5th sonatas, was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’OR by Diapason Magazine in January 2019.
Born in Moscow in 1990, Lukas Geniušas graduated from the Chopin Music College Moscow, in 2008. He is the laureate of several prestigious international competitions, notably Silver Medalist at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and at the 2010 International Chopin competition.
Since 2015, Lukas has been a featured artist of "Looking at the stars" a philanthropy project based in Toronto, whose purpose is to bring classical music to institutions and organizations (prisons, hospitals and shelters) where people may not have an opportunity to experience it live in a traditional setting.
Course languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian
Anna GENIUSHENE (RU)
“Her playing is totally free from any kind of mannerism or artificiality
and the listener is instantly immersed in the spirit of the music…”
(John Lill CBE)
“The power of her artistic personality, the concentration
and force of her visceral pianism is fully evident through Anna’s performance …” (Joanna MacGregor OBE)
Born in Moscow on New Year’s Day in 1991, Anna began her career as a solo performer since the age of six.
After the graduation with distinction from the Moscow State Conservatory, where she gained her Bachelor’s degree under Elena Kuznetsova, Anna commenced her Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Professor Emeritus Christopher Elton.
The year of 2017 has become a very prosperous for Anna — she received three prizes in a row at the different competitions such as Mauro Monopoli Prize (second prize, Italy) and Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Competition (First prize/Audience prize, Newbury, UK). Her recent major achievement includes Third prize, Junior Academy Prize and Chamber Music Prize at the Feruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano/Bozen,Italy, 2017), one of the oldest competitions in the world.
After becoming a semi-finalist of the Dublin International Piano Competition (May, 2018), Anna had taken the First Prize at the Second Orbetello International Piano Competition (May 2018, Italy).
Her earlier achievements include the Second prize at the Shostakovich Music Competition (1998), the Grand Prix at the Blüetner International Piano Competition in Kaliningrad (2006), First Prize at the Shedrin Music Competition (First prize, Moscow, 2007), First Prize at “Musika be sienu” International Piano Competition (Lithuania, 2009), First Prize at the Romantic Music Festival for Young Musicians, (Moscow, 2010), Second Prize at the “Citta di Padova” Piano Competition (Italy, 2012) and the First Prize at the Maria Yudina International Music Competition (St.Petersburg, Russia, 2015).
Anna is delighted to have been featured several times in the encyclopaedia “A Talented Youth; The Future of Russia” (2010). As an elected representative of the the Moscow State Conservatory she took part in the Kyoto International Music Students Festival in Japan in 2014. In the autumn of 2015 Anna became a soloist at the St Petersburg House of Music, having received an invitation to play in several concerts throughout Russia.
Anna has already performed in concert halls such as Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, making her debut with brilliant Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no.1, the Konzerthaus “Neue Welt”, Schumann’s Haus in Zwickau and Chamber Hall of Berliner Philarmonie in Berlin, Germany. Her Evening Recital at Wigmore Hall, one of the most prestigious stages in the world, was highly acclaimed by the audience and international critics.
Being an active participant of the masterclasses, Anna was selected for taking part in the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove (2017) and Imogen Cooper Music Trust (2018) and worked with such renowned artists as John Lill, Ferenc Rados, Imogen Cooper, Kirill Gerstein, Rita Wagner, Klaus Hellwig, Pascal Devoyon, Pascal Roge, Pavel Nersessian, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Steven Osborne.
Being a versatile musician, Anna is a keen player of chamber music. She often plays with her husband, highly— acclaimed pianist Lukas Geniusas, and runs her own festival “NikoFest” in Moscow.
Course languages: English, Russian
Optional: German, Lithuanian