Department of Chamber Music Ensemble
Chamber Music Ensemble Department was established at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy back in 1964. The teachers of the then Department were members of the internationally acclaimed Lithuanian Quartet and the recipients of the National Award (in 1965) as well as the first winners of the international music contests (in 1959 in Budapest and Liège in 1964) in the then Soviet Republic of Lithuania: Mr. Eugenijus Paulauskas (violin), Ms. Kornelija Kalinauskaitė (violin), Mr. Jurgis Fledžinskas (viola, head of the Department in 1964-1979) and Mr. Romualdas Kulikauskas (cello, Head of the Department in 1991-1996). Prof. Kalinauskaitė until now is an honorary professor of the Chamber Ensemble Department at the Academy and enthusiastically contributes to its work. In 1979 – 1991 Department was headed by the cellist Mr. Domas Svirskis.
Contemporary educators of the Department are recipients of the honorary Lithuanian National and other highly regarded awards, current and former members of the National Vilnius Quartet, among them prof. Donatas Katkus (viola), prof. Petras Kunca (violin, Head of the Department in 1996 – 2008), prof. Audronė Pšibilskienė (viola), prof. Audronė Vainiūnaitė (violin), prof. Augustinas Vasiliauskas (cello). They also include a composer and a pianist prof. Julius Andrejevas; a member of the piano trio Kaskados associate prof. Rusnė Mataitytė (violin); an artist of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra associate prof. Vaida Paukštienė; members of the chamber ensembles FortVio (piano trio) and the ArtVio (string quartet) an lecturer Povilas Jacunskas (cello) and an assistant Ingrida Rupaitė (violin); a member of the Baltic Guitars’ Quartet the assistant Saulius S. Lipčius.
Since 2008 the Department is led by the pianist and a member of various chamber ensembles prof. Ms. Dalia Balsytė.
At the Department students of piano, string and wooden wind instruments’ specialities are learning chamber ensemble and string quarter disciplines at bachelor and master levels.
A second (master level) step of the studies of the chamber ensemble speciality is also taught at the Department. All musical instruments’ performers, who had completed their bachelor studies, are welcomed at the subsequent level of study programming.
The chamber ensemble study programme encompasses the instrumental chamber music since Baroque until present days. The department dedicates a lot of attention to the popularisation of the chamber music – since 1999 numerous concerts and chamber music performance are organised by the department (the XI-th competition of the chamber music performance took place in the 2011).
The Chamber Music Ensemble Department is actively involved the international cooperation field. It is a member of the ECMTA (European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association) and one of the seven member-Academies of the joint ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy). The students and the teachers of the Department alike actively take part in the student exchange and “life-long-learning” programmes, such as ERASMUS and Nordplus to mention but a few.
Some 140 students are currently studying in the Chamber Music Ensemble Department, namely the disciplines of the String Quartet and Chamber Ensemble; they participate in over 90 chamber ensembles of the Academy. The students’ ensembles enthusiastically perform in the Concert Halls of the Academy, Lithuania and countries further afield, successfully participate in the national and international competitions and festivals.
The Department is also represented not only by its teachers, who are the popular performers, well known in Lithuania and abroad, but also by the students’ ensembles – winners of the international and national competitions – the piano quintet Efvioli, string quartet Toto, trio Claviola , piano trio Memel trio, the ensemble Subtiluz as well as many other talented music groups, who have been noticed and praised by the audience of professional musicians and of the amateur music fans.
Enquiries regarding students’ concerts and performances should be addressed to manage of the department: Dalia.Balsyte@lmta.lt