Slavic SM&RT Concert | 14 May 2012

Evelina Puzaite, piano

Ticket holders are entitled to a free entry for the pre-concert. They are also invited to a glass of wine with the comliments of Modo. The pre-concert talk starts at 19:00 in the Central Military Club’s Concert Hall. The wine reception starts at 19:30.

Program

Fr?d?ric Chopin
Nocturne in C sharp minor
Prelude op. 28, No.15, “Rain drops”

Zoltan Kodaly
Dances of Marossz?k

Bach-Siloty
Prelude in b minor

Ferenz Liszt
Two concert studies: La Leggierezza and Un Sospiro

Evelina Puzaite
Sonata

Peteris Vasks
White scenery

Sergei Prokofiev
Toccata, op. 11

Evelina Puzaite, piano (biography)

Lithuanian-born pianist Evelina Puzaite is an internationally recognised performer of natural sensitivity and strong charisma. She is in constant demand as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. Evelina regularly performs at the most prestigious venues such as Barbican, Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre. Evelina has won numerous prizes, including First Prize at the Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Tel-Hai International Piano Competition in Israel and many others. After unanimously winning the Abstract Securities Landor Competition in 2006, Evelina was awarded a long term recording contract with Landor Records.

Evelina appears regularly on television and radio in her native Lithuania, and has performed extensively throughout Europe, including Italy, France, Greece, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, as well as in Russia, Israel, and the USA. She has appeared with many prominant Orchestras and conductors including: Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/ Sondeckis, Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra/Antoni Wit/Alan Buribaev, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra /Barry Wordsworth, GSMD Symphony Orchestra/David Angus, Guernsey Symphony Orchestra/ Stuart Startford, St. John‘s Chamber Orchestra/Nigel Wilkinson.

Her recital engagements have included performances at the Usedomer Music Festival in Germany, Festival di Londra in Italy, the first EPTA Festival in Cyprus, and the Presteigne Festival in Wales. She also performed at the opening concert of the Brighton Festival, YCAT/Landor Piano Festival at the Wigmore Hall, and has collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet at the Vilnius Festival in Lithuania.

Evelina’s exceptional musicality was first noticed at the Ciurlionis School of Arts. In 2001, and she was awarded the prestigious Baltic State Scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Professor Joan Havill. Evelina received a Masters Degree of Music in Music Performance with Distinction in 2006, and two years later she was awarded an Artists Fellowship at the GSMD.

In 2011 Evelina released an album of Robert Schumann’s music in France, with fellow Lithuanian oboe player – Andrius Puskunigis. They appeared together in Edinburgh Festival in August 2011.

Evelina’s future plans include performances with Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Brighton Dome; with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius; Carnegie Hall debut in New York.

In addition to her piano career, Evelina Puzaite is an avid writer and composer. Her first book Tempo Primo – a collection of short stories and poetic insights – was published in November 2008. Evelina has been recognized at the Grodno Composers’ Competition, where she was awarded the Second Prize, and her compositions for piano have been published several times in Lithuania. In 2010 Evelina composed and performed music to accompany a documentary Lieknas by internationally acclaimed Lithuanian director Rimantas Gruodis.

www.evelinapuzaite.com


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