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Friday April 9th, 2021

Call for papers: 21st International Music Theory Conference “Principles of Music Composing”

On 17–19 November 2021, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Lithuanian Composers’ Union organize the 21st International Music Theory Conference “Principles of Music Composing: phenomenon of creativity”. 

Lithuanian Composers’ Union 
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

The 21st International Music Theory Conference 
Principles of Music Composing: phenomenon of creativity 
17–19 November 2021, Vilnius

The 21st international music theory conference “Principles of Music Composing” focuses on the phenomenon of creativity. The topic covers a wide field of research, the new perspectives of which open up only via interdisciplinary inquiries across different areas (arts, psychology, philosophy, socio-cultural sciences, etc.).

The intention of the conference is to consider the already uncovered attributes of creativity (flow by Csikszentmihalyi, fluency, flexibility, originality, elaboration by Guilford, creative synthesis by Wundt, creative visualisation, etc.) in the context of compositional practice. In addition, a breakthrough of new concepts and ideas is expected in this area, which is both theoretically and practically unexhausted yet. From this point of view, phenomenal creativity of the famous Lithuanian composer and artist M. K. Čiurlionis (1875–1911) is worth discussing on the 110th anniversary of his death.

                      Suggested subtopics:

  • The phenomenon of creativity and composing: theoretical, philosophical, psychological, etc. aspects. 
  • From the creative process to the result: preconditions, stages, and continuity of the work. 
  • Realisation of a musical work as a whole: 
    – from an idea to a detail; 
    – a work as a result of a synthesis; 
    – a work as a combinatorial play; 
    – a work as a set of derivatives for the selected pattern; 
    – a work as transformation of a template into a new quality.
  • Differentiation of creative intentions and their coexistence (novelty, originality vs. continuity of tradition, communication, identity).
  • Specifics of creative work as a medium for creativity (individual work vs. collaboration; acoustic music composition vs. studio/electronic composition; etc.).
  • The role of a performer for the creative process and the end result.
  • Interdisciplinary and inter-sensory interaction (acoustic visualisation vs. visual audialisation; inter-sensory conversion; etc.).
  • Cultural, social, philosophical criteria, prototypes, ideals of creativity (genius – profane; master; visionary; etc.).
  • The phenomenon of M. K. Čiurlionis’s creativity: a unique case of interaction between different fields of art.

Paper proposals (abstract and a short biography) should be sent by email: pmc.lmta@gmail.com. The abstract must not exceed 500 words. The duration of full presentation is limited to 20–25 minutes. The main language of the conference is English.

The deadline for proposal submissions is the 1st of September, 2021. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the second half of September 2021.

The participation fee is 20 Euros.

In case of social restrictions, the conference will be held online.

Selected papers of the conference will be published in the annual peer reviewed scientific journal “Principles of Music Composing”.

Scientific committee of the conference:

Prof. dr. Pavel PUŞCAŞ (Music Academy Cluj-Napoca, Romania) 
Prof. Miloš Zatkalik (University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia) 
Prof. Roger Redgate (Goldsmiths, University of London, England) 
Dr. Bert Van Herck (New England Conservatory of Music, USA) 
Dr. Jānis Petraškevičs (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Latvia) 
Dr. Martin Vishnick (United Kingdom) 
Prof. dr. Rimantas Janeliauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Prof. dr. Antanas Kučinskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Assoc. prof. dr. Mārtiņš Viļums (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) 
Assoc. prof. dr. Marius Baranauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

2021 04 09

Thursday April 8th, 2021

LMTA to Hold Long-Established Competitions for Singers

LMTA Honorary Doctor Stasys Baras Foundation Award Competition for Singers and the 21st Vincė Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė Competition for Female Singers: these competitions organised by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre have already become a tradition and are to take place on 19-20 April, 2021.

The events will be held online. While the singers will be performing on the stage of the LMTA Great Hall, the audience can enjoy their performances in real time via tv.lmta.lt platform.

The competitions are open to the LMTA students only.

In 2020, the music community celebrated the birth centenary of Lithuanian tenor Stasys Baras, an acclaimed opera singer, a famous member of the Lithuanian community in the USA, and Honorary Doctor of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. LMTA Honorary Doctor Stasys Baras Award Competition for Singers is held to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Stasys Baras. First taking place in 1997 and having been held since then, this competition is one of the oldest not only among the contests held at the Academy but among those organised for Lithuanian male singers, in general. Its most famous laureates are Edgaras Montvidas, Kostas Smoriginas, Tadas Girininkas, Eugenijus Chrebtovas, Merūnas Vitulskis and many other experienced and young singers of Lithuania.

Lithuanian opera soloist, tenor Stasys Baranauskas-Baras was born in 1920 in a small village of Mierčiai, Vilkaviškis district (the south-west of Lithuania). He entered the Kaunas Conservatory to study vocal performance and also attended classes of Lithuanian baritone Jonas Būtėnas. Stasys Baranauskas-Baras made his debut in 1943 in Kaunas; however, a year later, left Lithuania and continued mastering his vocal skills as well as performing in Germany, Vienna (Austria), Rome (Italy) and Chicago (the USA). In 1949, Chicago became his second home; yet, he continued giving performances all around the world: in Europe, Australia, and across the United States. The tenor also performed in the Lithuanian opera of Chicago and made vinyl recordings.

In 1958, Stasys Baranauskas-Baras started a career at the Standard Federal Bank of Chicago; from 1983 to 1998, was a member of the Board of Directors of the bank. In 1991, he organised a two-week Lithuanian music festival in Chicago: this event also hosted the 7th Lithuanian Song Celebration of the Lithuanians of the USA and Canada.

In 1977, Stasys Baranauskas-Baras joined of the Lithuanian Foundation; later – acted as its Board member; and for six times (1982–1985; 1988–1991) was elected the Lithuanian Foundation Board Chairman.

In 1997, Stasys Baranauskas-Baras established Stasys Baras Foundation Award for Young Lithuanian Singers. In 2000, he was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Singer and patron Stasys Baranauskas-Baras died in Oak Brook, the suburbs of Chicago in 2006.

Stasys Baras Foundation Award Competition is held not only to commemorate the famous tenor: it also makes his life meaningful and relevant nowadays. This year, the total fund of USD 2.250 will be divided among the three best male singers.

As for female singers, they are invited to participate in the Vincė Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė Competition that has been organised by the LMTA since 2000. This year, we will be able to enjoy the event for the twenty-first time. The Vydūnas Youth Foundation, the sponsor of the event, has assigned EUR2.000 for the prizes. Vincė Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė (1901–1997) was the most expressive Carmen of the interwar opera and a most memorable performer of other mezzo-soprano roles. After the WWII, she moved to the USA becoming an active member of the musical world of the American Lithuanians.

For over twenty years, the laureates of the Vincė Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė Competition for Female Singers have made a successful career both in Lithuania and abroad. These are, among others, Asmik Grigorian, Jurgita Adamonytė, Raminta Vaicekauskaitė, Viktorija Miškūnaitė, and Lina Dambrauskaitė.

Each year, the two competitions bring up more and more new names that deserve the attention of the audience, and, naturally, young singers find these competitions a valuable event, worth taking part in.  

LMTA Honorary Doctor Stasys Baras Foundation Award Competition for Singers take place on 19 April, 2021 from 12 amThe 21st Vincė Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė Competition for Female Singers take place on 20 April, 2021 from 12 am

LMTA information 
2020 04 12 

Tuesday March 30th, 2021

LMTA invites to live sessions of electronic and electroacoustic music

Dress code: headphones. Yes, your headphones are arguably the paramount accessory if you decide to join “live” electronic and electroacoustic music sessions to be launched by the LMTA. Until April 15, tv.lmta.lt is to live broadcast five events from the LMTA Great Hall, the Balcony Theatre, Julius Juzeliūnas Spatial Sound Sphere, the 2nd floor hallway of the LMTA Central Building and … Finland and France.

Nowadays, the reality is in extremely close interaction with the virtual. In the field of electronic music, the boundary between the two is exceptionally subtle: take, for instance, an artist livestreaming via his or her computer and other sound equipment. Is that a live or virtual event? Obviously, you’d say it’s both live and virtual. For live electronic music professionals, this kind of performance is a usual event; it is much more unusual for the audience who, instead of enjoying the music live at a music club, are now listening to this performance using their devices. For this reason, headphones – and most preferably, the ones boasting outstanding quality – have recently become an integral accessory and an essential element of your dress code.

The LMTA invites all fans of electronic and electroacoustic music to grab this vital accessory to listen and see live performances, created here and now. The electronic music session opened on March 26 featuring an electronic music duo Artfcl (Andrius Laucevičius and Matas Samulionis). And tomorrow, on March 31, you can enjoy livestreaming of the concert by Synth porn / Memorabilia. Having performed for two years now, the duo of Agnès M (Agnė Matulevičiūtė) and Mellow Yellow Daffodil (Edvinas Kopcevas) will now present their two vinyl records. The so-called synth and bedroom pop music interacting with experimental electronic music and synthesiser sounds of the 1980s will counterpoint the scenography of the classical architecture (image and light by Aneta Bublytė). The event starts at 8 pm.

On April 7, watch the live event by Vecera: SubPilot broadcasted from the LMTA Balcony Theatre. The piece by Pauilius Večera, LMTA Year 2 student in Electronic Music, can already boast numerous fans. Paulius aka Vecera debuted in 2018 when he first appeared in the Small Seeds club in the UK, then at festivals Baller Room and Mirga Marga. In 2020, Vecera came up with several concerts on LMTA.TV platform, Culture Night (Kultūros naktis) programme, and Vasarnamis’20 festival. Vecera invites you to join him at 7pm.

On April 9, LMTA TV is to broadcast an international event Manialog & Opiyo Okach. Live from Finland and France, the performers Andrew Bentley (electronics, Finland), Opiyo Okach (visual solutions, Kenya, France) and Alejandro Olarte (electronics, Columbia, Finland) will play music, interacting in real time. The performance starts at 7 pm.

On April 14, the cycle of life performances is to be crowned by Anthony Braxton: Sonic Genome project playing for as long as four hours (mind you, this is a short version of the piece!) livestreamed from the spatially expressive hallway of the 2nd floor of the LMTA Central Building. The music is performed by Rūta Šeduikytė (vibraphone), Povilas Jurkša (trombone), Gediminas Stepanavičius (double bass, trumpet, tuba), Dominykas Snarskis (percussions), Arnas Mikalkėnas (percussions, keyboard), Liudas Mockūnas (saxophone), Covarnis (electronics), Robotic Folk (electronics), and Vilnius Electronic Music Ensemble. Naturally, the performers will follow the social distancing and other safety rules. Anthony Braxton: Sonic Genome is a dedication to acclaimed composer and improviser Anthony Braxton: the Lithuanian performers will play interpretations and variations of several compositions by Braxton. The event starts at 6 pm.

Being a fan of contemporary electronic music, you simply cannot miss this session of live performances where, undoubtedly, you are bound to enjoy not one, but several tendencies of the most listened electronic music.

Source: the LMTA 
2021 03 30


2021 03 31 | 8 PM
Agnès M, Mellow Yellow Daffodil, Aneta Bublytė
Livestreamed from the LMTA Great Hall

2021 04 07 | 7 PM
VECERA: SubPilot
Livestreamed from the LMTA Balcony Theatre

2021 04 09 | 7 PM
Manialog & Opiyo Okach COVERSION
Andrew Bentley (Finland), Opiyo Okach (Kenya / France), Alejandro Olarte (Columbia / Finland)
Live from Finland and France

2021 04 14 | 6 PM
Antony Braxton SONIC GENOME
Rūta Šeduikytė, Povilas Jurkša, Gediminas Stepanavičius, Dominykas Snarskis, Arnas Mikalkėnas, Liudas Mockūnas, Covarnis, Robotic Folk ir Vilnius Electronic Music Ensemble 
Livestreamed from the LMTA Central Building, 2nd Floor Hallway

Live broadcasts are to be found on tv.lmta.lt platform. Dress code: headphones of good quality.

Thursday March 18th, 2021

The International Accordion Competition “Vilnius 2021”

On 1–10 April 2021 the International Accordion Competition “Vilnius 2021” is to be held online at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre organized by the LMTA Department of Accordion. 

All information about entry, participation and auditions please find HERE or on the website www.konkursas.laas.lt/en/.

According to professor Raimondas Sviackevičiusthe, Artistic director of competition, President of the Lithuanian accordionists association and Head of Accordion department at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, “International accordion competition in Vilnius for many years already is promoting professional accordion art, calling to look for new creative forms, presenting novelties of accordion performing art as well as high level of young generation performers and work of professional teachers. Event having already best reputation from professionals is highly recognized not only in Lithuania but widely around the world too.”

These special accordion event, which is organized every two years, this year due to pandemic situation all over the world has been changed from traditional form to online version.

Prof. R. Sviackevičius: “I must say, that all of us we are so missing live chatting, real meetings, live sound from the stage and eye contact. This time is a big challenge for all of us and is especially difficult for culture, it needs strong devotion, inner motivation to keep joy of playing music as well as special work keeping long-lasting accordion traditions.

All of us, artists, teachers will continue spreading positive musical energy, involving our pupils, students to keep them lively active, showing them, that art need deep profound work, patience and self-criticism. And this year, which changed plans is only temporary moment of stop. Keeping each other positive we are waiting for music which will be shared in halls full of public and our beautiful instrument – accordion with help of talented artists will open its extremely wide technical possibilities and rich tone palette.

Since 1994 Lithuanian accordionists association together with Lithuanian academy of music and theater organizing International accordion competition every second spring. This year we can not meet in Vilnius, participants can’t feel beautiful city atmosphere, but virtually we will be all together. Having possibilities to share music by internet at this time we will feel the enthusiasm of young power, motivation of performers which has perfect chance to share their art with high professional Jury members and public. As many competitions around the world, event in Vilnius has the aim to motivate and confirm young performers level going forward to higher professional carrier. It is trampoline to real musicians live, a platform to share teachers work, unique space for professional accordion art to emanate and unfold its deepest attractiveness.

Competition traditionally is divided to 12 categories: soloists, chamber group with age categories and accordion orchestras. We hope the geography of participant countries will be as wide as last years and probably online competition platform will open possibilities for countries which are on other continents.

We are extremely proud, that our competition has highest level professional Jury members, world known accordion professors from leading World Academies and Universities, well known performers and acknowledged pedagogues.

From all my heart I wish all participants and teachers greatest success taking part in International accordion competition “Vilnius 2021″. Let your talents and work which bring you to participate here grow with stronger resolve spreading professional accordion art in Lithuania, Europe and around the world”, – says prof. R. Sviackevičius. 

The International Accordion Competition “Vilnius 2021” on Facebook, on Instragram.

LMTA information 
21 March 2021

Thursday March 18th, 2021

Call for papers: international conference “Typologies of Music Signification: Retrospective and Perspective”

The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Musicologists’ Section of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union are happy to invite to the international conference “Typologies of Music Signification: Retrospective and Perspective” that will take place at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, on October 21–23, 2021.

Musical signification, as any other issue related to the meaning in music, has been constantly an object of interest for musicologists, composers, semioticians and philosophers, often in an attempt to classify and categorise it. Looking back at the history of such classifications and foreseeing the need to rethink them, the theme of this conference is dedicated to the theoretical and practical discourses of the interrelations between musical signification and a variety of typologies.

It may be considered that written texts in musicology have emerged from the attempts to categorise abstract phenomena and further practices of their systematisation. Aristoxenus distinguished three basic gènē in his Elementa harmonica. Boethius, in De musica, differentiated the types of musica instrumentalis. The likes of Johannes de Groche, Johann Mattheson, and Johann Nikolaus Forkel named not only new types of music, but also fundamental categories of music, such as genre and style, among others. The path to discovering many of the musical phenomena has been based on the process of categorising and systematising the outcomes of music signification.

Typologies of signification have been acknowledged as research methods and as part of theoretical epistemology of music since the dawn of theoretical musicology and, as such, they have retained a significant place in the research of musicologists, ethnomusicologists, popular music scholars and musical semioticians of the late 20th to early 21st centuries – from Philip Tagg, Simon Frith, Franco Fabbri or Fabian Holt to Heinrich Besseler, Carl Dahlhaus, Helga de la Motte-Haber, Mieczyslaw Tomaszewski and others. Typologisation of significations, as a method for gaining knowledge, is of interest to the current research as well.

This conference seeks at renewing the approach to the concepts, terms and categories employed in the process of music signification, as well as attempts to conceptualise the practices of classification of musical phenomena. We welcome scholars to tackle these tasks from a variety of perspectives: to discuss them as problems of research philosophy, raise the questions of criteria, present individual approaches, analyse historical or current cases and present the perspectives of systematisation.

This interdisciplinary event welcomes researchers from different fields of research. Affiliated scholars, doctoral students and independent researchers are welcome to submit their abstracts.

The conference will take place in a hybrid form (both live and online). Official languages of the conference: English, German.

Keynote speakers 
Wolfgang Marx (University College Dublin) 
Kęstas Kirtiklis (Vilnius University) 
Gražina Daunoravičienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Programming Committee 
Paulo C. Chagas (University of California, Riverside), Gražina Daunoravičienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Joan Grimalt (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya ESMUC), Margarita Katunian (Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory), Helmut Loos (Leipzig University), Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Rima Povilionienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Daiva Vyčinienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Organising Committee 
Gražina Daunoravičienė (chair), Ingrida Jasonienė, Mantautas Krukauskas, Agnė Mažulienė, Mykolas Natalevičius, Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (vice-chair), Rima Rimšaitė, Judita Žukienė

Abstract submission 
The proposals for the conference will be peer-reviewed anonymously. Please send your abstract both in anonymised and unanonymised forms.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion) on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Typologisation as a problem of social sciences and sociomusicology;
  • Typologisation from the philosophical perspective;
  • Musical genres, types and phenomena as object of semiotic research;
  • Signification as a premise for categorising musical phenomena;
  • Relations of signification and typologisation processes;
  • Historical cases of music typologies and their analysis;
  • Cases of authorial systematisation, their creativity and innovation;
  • Music typologies versus music taxonomies;
  • Signification and typologisation as the basis of music epistemology;
  • Criteria for typologisation as a problem of research methodology;
  • Analysis of case-studies in musical systematisation and taxonomies.

Proposals must be sent by April 1, 2021 to typologiesofsignification@gmail.com in Word (doc or docx) format and should include the following: 

  • Name, academic degree, affiliation and contact email address;
  • Title of the presentation;
  • Abstract (300 words maximum, clearly present the research question/aim, research background, methodology, results and conclusions, 5 keywords).
  • Photo close-up in TIFF or JPG format (from 300 to 600 dpi);
  • Curriculum vitae (100 words maximum).

Registration fee 
The conference registration fee for active participants – 50 EUR, online participants – 30 EUR, student fee – 20 EUR. Passive attendance free of charge. Further information will be sent after the acceptance of proposals. Participants pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Selected revised papers will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Lithuanian Musicology (indexed in SCOPUS, RILM, EBSCO, MLA International Bibliography, ERIH+).

Important dates 
Submission deadline: April 1, 2021 
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2021 
Conference: October 21–23, 2021


Wednesday February 24th, 2021


Considering the situation developed due to the spread of coronavirus, quarantine is extended throughout the territory of the Republic of Lithuania until 30 April 2021.

Studies and work at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater during this period are organized in a mixed way – partly remotely and partly in the premises of LMTA. For more detailed information, please contact the deans and heads of departments.

Individual self-study of students can be carried out in the premises of LMTA, in compliance with all the specified security requirements.

The administrative staff of all the LMTA units will work remotely and can be accessed during LMTA office hours by email addresses indicated on the website. 


International Relations Office
Head – Rima Rimšaitė: rima.rimsaite@lmta.lt, +370 5 212 4967
Programme and Projects Coordinators: andrius.dabrovolskas@lmta.lt, kristina.valentoniene@lmta.lt, +370 5 261 0131

Faculty of Music
Dean – Prof. Deividas Staponkus: deividas.staponkus@lmta.lt, +370 680 26585
Administrators: rasa.dzimidaite@lmta.lt, asta.vaitkeviciute@lmta.lt, +370 5 262 8537

Faculty of Theatre and Film
Dean – Elona Bajorinienė: elona.bajoriniene@lmta.lt, +370 612 20240
Administrator of the Faculty – Kristina Kazilionienė: kristina.kazilionienė@lmta.lt +370 611 55165
Coordinator of Film and Television Department – Miglė Levickienė: migle.levickiene@lmta.lt +370 684 20276

Klaipėda Faculty
Dean – Loreta Jonavičienė: loreta.jonaviciene@lmta.lt +370 694 83 523 
Administrator – Jolanta Brazdeikytė: jolanta.brazdeikyte@lmta.lt +370 648 20604

Postgraduate Studies’ Office
Head – Daiva Buivydienė: daiva.buivydiene@lmta.lt, +370 687 94630

Study Information Officestudijos@lmta.lt, +370 698 04783

Head – Daiva Mateikienė: daiva.mateikiene@lmta.lt, +370 683 51953

Students Unionlmtasa@lmta.lt +370 611 23009

Secretariat of the Rector’s Council: +370 5 261 2691, mob. +370 696 98411.


Psychologyst – Nijolė Goštautaitė-Midttun: nijole.gostautaite@lmta.lt

LMTA Chaplain Fr. Dovydas Grigaliūnas: +370 680 80078

The actual information concerning the spread of coronavirus and quarantine is continuously updated on the website of the Ministry of Health of The Republic of Lithuania, the website of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the website Study in LT.

Updated 2021-03-30

Sunday February 14th, 2021

Second M. K. Čiurlionis Scholarship Awarded at LMTA

The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) has hold the competition for Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Scholarship for Young Composers. This incentive, established by M. K. Čiurlionis’ Society, has already been awarded for the second year running. The applications to participate in the competition can be submitted by LMTA students of the Department of Composition. The 2021 scholarship has been awarded to Lukas Butkus, a second-year bachelor student of Composition, who has composed Auto-da-fé, a syncretic concerto for piano. The online award ceremony is to take place on the LMTA TV platform on 15 February at 12 p.m., just before the celebration of the Restoration of the State Day of Lithuania.

LMTA Rector, Prof. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas reveals: “M. K. Čiurlionis scholarship for young composers plays an extremely significant role for the creative youth at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, both as a real incentive and on a symbolic level too. Not only does it encourage aspiring musicians to develop their ambitious ideas, but it also makes Čiurlionis’ idealistic endeavours relevant for today’s context linking the composer’s creative aspirations with those of the young idealists of our time. It feels as if the visionary spirit of Čiurlionis is reborn in the work of the young.”

The regulations of the competition provide for two scholarships to be annually awarded: one for the LMTA students and the other for students of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Each scholarship is worth 5,000 Eur.

Rokas Zubovas, a representative of M. K. Čiurlionis’ Society, feels happy to have received more applications this year than previously: “This year, all the ideas submitted for the Čiurlionis Scholarship were intriguing, and the applications were thoroughly prepared. Since the very establishment of the Čiurlionis scholarship, the Society has expected this competition to encourage talented young artists to take on courageous ideas. Our aspirations seem to have resonated in the hearts of the young and we feel thrilled about it.”

The organisers received five applications by young composers studying at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Master students Beata Juchnevič and Goda Marija Gužauskaitė and three bachelor students – a third-year student Domantas Pūras, a fourth-year Liepa Užusienytė, and second-year student Lukas Butkus took part in the competition.

Unanimously, the jury voted for ​​Lukas Butkus’ idea. The jury consisted of M. K. Čiurlionis’ Society representative Rokas Zubovas; Head of the LMTA Department of Composition Prof. Vaclovas Augustinas; Dr. Jonas Jurkūnas, lecturer at the LMTA Department of Composition; Chairman of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union, lecturer at the LMTA Department of Composition Dr. Mykolas Natalevičius; and Ana Ablamonova, Head of the LMTA Art Centre.

Auto-da-fé, a syncretic concert for piano, instrumental ensemble and four singers composed by Lukas Butkus is unique because it deploys a literary layer to be conveyed by the singers, while the text builds on Butkus’ own cycle of poems Auto-da-fé. Lukas, the author of the composition, has shared that “the word-for-word translation of the title means “the act of faith”.  It tells a story of a form of idealistic love that goes beyond the boundaries of time, death and fear; about man’s eternal temporality.”

Lukas Butkus is not just a composer. He is also a performing pianist, music arranger, and member of the ensemble The Artisans. And it is this ensemble that is going to develop the Auto-da-fé premiere. From an early age, L. Butkus has admired M. K. Čiurlionis’ life and work. It has been the student’s source of inspiration. “When I faced the question of choosing the path – musical or literary – I realised, in the same way as Čiurlionis, that I could search for inspiration in one or the other”, continues Lukas.

At the LMTA, the first M. K. Čiurlionis scholarship in 2020 was awarded to Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis, a composer and performer, for his ethnocosmological sound performance S’Anatomia / Signs, the premiere of which should appear this year.

LMTA information
Prepared by B
eata Baublinskienė
English translation by Viltė Gridasova

10 February 2021 

Wednesday February 3rd, 2021

Chamber ensembles are welcome to apply for joint programme ECMAster!

Established chamber ensembles are very welcome to apply for the unique joint masters’ programme ECMAster!

The programme ECMAster is developed and implemented by seven European higher education institutions in the Hague, Fiesole, Manchester, Oslo, Paris, Vienna, Vilnius. Registration is now open, deadline for applications is February 22 of 2021. Entrance exam will take place on March 12 via zoom.

More information about ECMAster and entry requirements: https://lmta.lt/en/english-lmta-welcomes-foreign-students/english-joint-programme-ecmaster/ 

2021 02 03 

Wednesday February 3rd, 2021

The 6th International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists

Vilnius is the hometown of legendary virtuoso Jascha Heifetz, one of the most acclaimed violinists in the history of music, and every four years the city hosts an international event to honour the genius performer.  International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists, taking place on 16 January – 2 February and 26-27 May 2021, is organised here already for the sixth time.  Round One of the competition had as many as 49 participants from all over the world. Due to the changed reality of today’s world, the auditions took place online. Yet, the organisers of the competition cherish hopes to hold the final event in May live and listen to the six most brilliant young violinists performing together with the orchestra. 

The musical debut of Jascha Heifetz, a child prodigy born in Vilnius in 1901, took place when the boy was only six while the worldwide recognition came to Heifetz in the USA where the musician settled being just 16 years old.  Famous playwright and Nobel Prize winner George Bernard Shaw was so bewitched by Heifetz’s performance that he once warned the violinist saying that „nothing must be perfect in this world, or else the gods become jealous and destroy it.” The glimmering of an idea to commemorate the luminary musician by organising an international competition had been around for quite a long time, but was put into action only just before Heifetz’s centenary thanks to the initiative taken by ProfessoPetras Radzevičius, the then Head of the Department of Strings at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Since the first competition held in 2001, world-famous violinist Gidon Kremer, the founder and artistic director of Kremerata Balticahas chaired the competition’s board of judges. He is the chairman of the sixth competition too. 

The 6th International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists is a remarkable event for the Lithuanian violinist community. The competition attracts the attention of young talented musicians and exceptional teachers from all over the world. For the participants, the competition is great motivation, for the listeners  a big celebration, while for the whole Lithuania – it’s a solemn remembrance for all the world commemorating the birthplace of Jascha Heifetz, one of the most prominent violinists of all time. This year, the geography of participants is especially wide: we have received applications from 35 countries from all the continents. The work of the selection board proved to be a challenge – the jury, with their hearts breaking, had to reject a great number of talented violinists.  Because of the influence of the new technologies –  and nowadays too due to the global pandemic – lots of different concerts are being performed in the virtual space. The participants are taking this situation as an enormous challenge – how to perform so that your energy going through all those technologies reaches the hearts of the jury?“, shares the competition jury member, Head of LMTA String Department, Prof. Dr. Rūta Lipinaitytė speaking about the importance of the competition and the additional challenges for the contestants incurred by the virtual format of the competition. 

Round One featured 49 violinists from Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Russia, Spain, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, the United States, Ukraine, South Korea, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia, Belgium, and China. 

Six violinists – Leonard Toschev (Germany), Amia Janicki (Switzerland), Lorenz Karls (Sweden), Manon Galy (France), Eva Rabchevska (Ukraine), and Javier Comesaña (Spain) – have made it to the final. 

Marija Pranskutė, a student of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, won a special prize for the best Lithuanian performer and has become a candidate for the final of the competition. 

The international jury comprises chairman Gidon Kremer (Latvia) and members Isabelle van Keulen (Denmark), Sergey Krylov (Italy), Rūta Lipinaitytė (Lithuania), Svetlana Makarova (Switzerland), and Rusnė Mataitytė (Lithuania). 

The final of the 6th International Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists is to be held at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic on 26-27 May 2021. 

LMTA information
3 February 2021




2021 April 19, Monday, 12:00

Online broadcast on tv.lmta.lt from the LMTA Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


To the 100th Birth Anniversary of Stasys Baras. More about Competition

Laurynas Juozapas Aksamitas
Karolis Kašiuba
Pavel Morgunov
Osvaldas Petraška
Paulius Prasauskas
Domas Saulevičius

Raminta Gocentienė
Birutė Asevičiūtė
Gražina Zalatorienė

Jury members:
LMTA prof. Dainius Puišys, chairman
LMTA prof. Asta Krikščiūnaitė
Irena Zelenkauskaitė-Brazauskienė
Tomas Pavilionis
Mindaugas Zimkus

Secretary of the competition:
Rasa Dzimidaitė

Host of the competition:
Salomėja Petronytė



Student of assoc. prof. Liudas Norvaišas, M1
Accompanist Raminta Gocentienė

Stasys Šimkus (1887–1943)
“Kur bakūžė samanota”, words by P. Vaičaitis
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Oronte aria La mia letizia infondere from opera I Lombardi
Kazys Viktoras Banaitis (1896–1963)
“Atsiminimas”, words by K. Jurgelionis
Richard Strauss (1864–1949)

Student of prof. Irena Milkevičiūtė, M1
Accompanist Raminta Gocentienė

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Makduf aria O figli, o figli miei!… A la paterna mano from opera “Macbeth”
Kazys Viktoras Banaitis (1896–1963)
“Atsiminimas”, words by K. Jurgelionis
Hugo Wolf (1860–1903)
Verborgenheit, words by E. Mörike
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Alfredo aria Lunge da lei – De’ miei bollenti spiriti from opera “Traviata”

Student of lect. Saulė Šerytė, M1
Accompanist Birutė Asevičiūtė

Kazys Viktoras Banaitis (1896–1963)
“Atsiminimas”, words by K. Jurgelionis
Vytautas Klova (1926–2009)
Ūdrys song from opera “Pilėnai”
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Karl aria Oh sommo Carlo from opera “Ernani”
Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
Wolfram aria from opera “Tannhäuser”



Student of prof. Algirdas Janutas, B2
Accompanist Gražina Zalatorienė

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Don Ottavio aria Dalia sua pace from opera “Don Giovanni”
Ernesto de Curtis (1875–1937)
Non ti scordar di me
Mikas Petrauskas (1873–1937)
Žilvinas aria “Leidžiasi naktis” from opera “Eglė žalčių karalienė”
Vladas Jakubėnas (1904–1976)
Lithuanian folk song “Sutemo naktis”

Student of assoc. prof. Liudas Norvaišas, M2
Accompanist Raminta Gocentienė

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Fiesco‘s recitative and aria A te l`estremo addio… Il lacerato spirito from opera “Simon Boccanegra”
Charles Gounod (1818–1893)
Vulcan‘s aria Aux bruits des lourds marteaux from opera “Philémon et Baucis”
Giedrius Kuprevičius (1944)
Song “Alsuoti” from the vocal cycle “Alsuoti”
Kazys Viktoras Banaitis (1896–1963)
Song “Tulpės”

Student of prof. Algirdas Janutas, B3
Accompanist Gražina Zalatorienė

Aleksandras Kačanauskas (1882–1959)
“Vai tu karvelėli”, words by F. Kirša
Piotr Čaikovskij (1840–1893)
Onegin aria from opera “Eugene Onegin”
Hugo Wolf (1860–1903)
Verborgenheit from cycle of songs Mörike-Lieder, words by E. Mörike
Kazys Viktoras Banaitis (1896–1963)
“Aš per naktį”, words by B. Buivydaitė 

Students of the LMTA Singing Department and LMTA Klaipėda Faculty – singers of all types of voices – can participate in the competition.

Competition program
1. Original work by  Lithuanian composer (song or aria)
2. A work of a foreign Lithuanian composer or a harmonized Lithuanian folk song
3. Opera or concert aria by a foreign composer
4. Freely chosen work

Prize fund $ 2250 (prizes for 3 winners will be awarded).
The prize is established by the Stasys and Elena Baras Scholarship Fund. 



2021 April 20, 12:00

Online broadcast on tv.lmta.lt from the LMTA Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


Sponsor: Vydūnas Youth Foundation. More about Competition 

Virginija Bartušytė 
Emilė Elena Dačinskaitė 
Viltė Darvydaitė 
Emilija Finagejevaitė 
Giedrė Kisieliūtė 
Lorijana Laurinskaitė 
Karolina Mockė 
Vera Pavlovskaja 
Gabrielė Lileikaitė-Pavilionė 
Jekaterina Šarapova 
Ieva Tarulytė 
Vismantė Vasaitytė

Birutė Asevičiūtė 
Vaida Balčiūnienė 
Nijolė Baranauskaitė
Lina Giedraitytė 
Raminta Gocentienė 
Diana Kaziulytė 
Giedrė Muralytė 
Svaja Skučienė 
Gražina Zalatorienė 



2021 April 21, Wednesday, 13:.00–17:30

On Zoom platform 


Moderator – personal coach Eglė Lisauskaitė

Registration untill April 19. 

Fee: 24 Eur.



2021 April 21, Wednesday, 18:00

Live broadcast from LMTA Great Hall on the platform tv.lmta.lt 


Performers: Karolina Tabero (prof. Jurgis Karnavičius’ class), Kliment Jaremčuk (prof. Rūta Rikterė’s class), Ugnė Kaušiūtė (prof. Aleksandra Žvirblytė’s class), Skaistė Kašėtaitė-Meižikienė (prof. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas’ class), Guoyao Li (prof. Birutė Vainiūnaitė’s class), Lina Žutautaitė (prof. Jurgis Karnavičius’ class). 

Programme: Philip Glass, Ferenc Liszt, Ludwig van Beethoven, Aleksandr Skriabin, Maurice Ravel, Fryderyk Chopin.




2021 April 22, Thursday, 14:30–19:00

On Zoom platform


Moderator – dr. Eirimas Velička

Registration untill April 20.

Fee: 24 Eur



2021 Aprile 23, Friday, 18:00

Live broadcast from LMTA Great Hall on the tv.lmta.lt 


Valerija Kycia (violin) 
Aušvydas Kriščiūnas (contrabass) 
Katrina Emilie Ligeika (cello) 
Gediminas Plėšnys (violin) 
Šarūnas Pozniakovas (cello)

Ugnė Antanavičiūtė 
Marija Bilinska 
Kotryna Grigienė 
Martyna Kloniūnaitė 



2021 April 30, Friday, 14:00–15:30

On Zoom from LMTA Klaipėda Faculty


For those who would like enter Klaipėda Faculty

Registration form

2021/05/26 - 2021/05/27


2021 May 26, 27

Lithuanian National Philharmonic (Aušros vartų 5, Vilnius)


26 May, Wednesday
Detailed schedule

27 May, Thursday
Detailed schedule

Closing Ceremony, Announcement of winners

More about the competition

2021/10/28 - 2021/10/31


2021 October 28, Thursday

LMTA Building 1: Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


To the 210th anniversary of the birth of Ferenc Liszt

2021 October 29, Friday

Paliesiaus Manor (Dvaro 7, Paliesius village, Mielagėnai eyre, Ignalina disctrict)


2021 October 30, Saturday

Paliesiaus Manor (Dvaro 7, Paliesius village, Mielagėnai eyre, Ignalina disctrict)


2021 October 31, Sunday

LMTA Building 1: Great Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)