Masterclasses for violin, cello, piano and chamber music

Important information regarding Covid-19

Last few months have been difficult for all of us. We had to learn to live and do a lot of things differently. World wide quarantine is a unique precedent in history with its struggles and possibilities either. We are forced to make a huge leap towards online communication if we want to continue a lot of things we used to do, for example studying.

So we are happy to announce, that this year will be very special for Ars SummerFest, because for the first time we are going ONLINE! Students will have an opportunity to participate in a masterclass with well-known professors despite the quarantine.

Furthermore, there is a -50% discount for all the courses. The dates of masterclasses will remain the same except for Reinhard Latzko and Maria Kliegel lessons – they are postponed for 2021.

EARLY BIRD registration is extended to 11th of May.
You are still also able to qualify for the main prize – Lithuania Concert Tour 2021 until the 11th of May!


Ars SummerFest 2020 ONLINE Faculty:


Džeraldas Bidva - June 30 - July 5
Dalia Dedinskaite - June 30 - July 5
Stephan Picard - July 7-11


Gleb Pyšniak - July 7-11


Anna Geniushene June 30 - July 4
Lukas Geniušas - July 5-9


Džeraldas Bidva, Dalia Dedinskaite, Gleb Pyšniak - June 30 - July 11

We proudly present our faculty of Ars SummerFest 2020!


  • Violin

Džeraldas Bidva - June 30 - July 5

Dalia Dedinskaite - June 30 July 5

Stephan Picard - July 7-11

  • Cello

Reinhard Latzko - June 30 - July 5 (postponed for year 2021)

Maria Kliegel - July 7-11 (postponed for year 2021)

Gleb Pyšniak - July 7-11

  • Piano

Anna Geniushene - June 30 - July 4

Lukas Geniušas - July 5-9


  • Chamber music

Džeraldas Bidva, Dalia Dedinskaite, Gleb Pyšniak  - June 30 - July 11


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

Optional: German

Course languages: English, German, Russian, Lithuanian

Course languages: English, German, Spanish, French

Optional: Russian, Lithuanian

Course languages: English, German

Optional: Russian, Lithuanian

Course languages: English, German

Optional: Russian, Lithuanian

Course languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian

Optional: German

‘Geniušas seems to know how to do everything better than anyone…’ 
Diapason Jan.2019

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

Optional: German

Born in Moscow on New Year’s Day in 1991, Anna began her career as a solo performer at the age of six. She graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in 2015 and completed her Masters with Distinction and Advanced Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music (London) in 2018. She is currently pursuing as one of the elite Bicentenary Scholars at the Academy under tutelage of Professor Christopher Elton.


Anna’s major achievements on the international stage so far have been reaching the Final of the Leeds Piano Competition in September 2018 and Semifinals of Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition being broadcasted by medici.tv.


She also gained Third Prize at the Feruccio Busoni International Piano Competition the year before – also winning three additional prizes in chamber music, the audience and Junior Jury prizes, the latter of which offered her a chance to perform at the same festival with Grigory Sokolov. She was also, recently, a semi-finalist of the Dublin International Piano Competition, Schumann Klavierwettbewerb in Zwickauand took First Prize at the Second Orbetello International Piano Competition.


Anna's debut CD with Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux op.33 and Prokofiev Sonata no.8 has been released on LINN Records in July 2019.


Anna has already performed in several major concert halls such as Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Town Hall in Leeds, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Museum of Arts in Tel-Aviv, the Konzerthaus ‘Neue Welt’, Sala Greppi in Milan and Chamber Hall of Berliner Philharmonie in Berlin.


Being an active participant of the masterclasses, Anna was selected to take part in the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove (2017) and for the Imogen Cooper Music Trust (2018) where worked with many renowned artists, including Ferenc Rados, Kirill Gerstein, Rita Wagner, Klaus Hellwig, Tamas Ungar, Stephen Hough and Paul Lewis.



Anna’s career as a pianist is becoming increasingly versatile with her dedication to chamber music as central, including piano duo repertoire with her husband, Lukas Geniusas, and close collaboration with Quartetto di Cremona. She also runs her own annual festival in collaborative music-making (‘NikoFest’) in Moscow.

Course languages: English, Russian


@2020 Ars SummerFest by Ars Lituanica

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