Masterclasses for violin, cello and piano

We proudly present our faculty of Ars SummerFest 2019!


  • Violin

Džeraldas Bidva - July 21-25

  • Cello

Marko Ylönen - July 21-26

Gleb Pyšniak - July 21-26 (cello also for juniors)

  • Piano

Lukas Geniušas - July 21-26

Anna Geniushene - July 21-26


  • Chamber music

Gleb Pyšniak, Džeraldas Bidva, Anna Geniushene - July 21-26



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, Finnish, German

Optional: 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

“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


@2019 Ars SummerFest by Ars Lituanica

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