Thursday May 24th, 2018

The first Virtual Audition for singers in Copenhagen

The first virtual audition has been held on May 24th in Copenhagen, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

This is a part of development project supported by Nordplus higher education programme, coordinated by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Project partners: The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Oulu Appiled Arts University, School of Music Dance and Media.

Twenty two singers from three partner schools participated in the audition by performing for professional opera agents. Four LMTA students performed live in Copenhagen, and four students participate virtually, at the Music Innovation Studies Centre of LMTA, live stream via Polycom system. Names of LMTA students who participated in the audition: Eglė Gabrielė Stundžiaitė, Žygimantas Jasiūnas, Erika Kviatkovskaja, Anastasia Lebedyantseva, Agnė Buškevičiūtė, Aurelija Stasiulytė, Monika Kučinska, and Ieva Juozapaitytė.

„Virtual Audition“ project got funded for the next academic year, and will be coordinated by partners in Oulu (Finland).

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Wednesday April 25th, 2018

Yamaha Scholarship Award 2017/2018 – for clarinetist Ignas Daniulis

On 25 April the Yamaha Scholarship Award 2017/2018 was given to clarinetist Ignas Daniulis. He is a master student of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The Yamaha Competition was held on March 26th in LMTA Juozas Karosas Hall. The Jury:  Chairman – Prof. Algirdas Budrys, Assoc. Prof. Julius Černius, Lect. Rimvydas Savickas, Assist. Antanas Taločka, clarinetist Vytautas Giedraitis.

The value of the Yamaha Scholarship Award is 1000 Eur.

Photos: on the left – Ignas Daniulis; on the right – Jury member Rimvydas Savickas, LMTA Rector Prof. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas, Jury Chairman Prof. Algirdas Budrys, Manager Export of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH Christian Hinrichs, Ignas Daniulis, pianist-concertmaster Agnė Zavistanavičiūtė, Regional Manager for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH Gints Dobbermann.

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Wednesday April 18th, 2018

“Nordplus” intensive course “NORD+MIX”

The third intensive course NORD+MIX takes place in Vilnius from April 19 to 30, 2018. It is an interdisciplinary intensive hands-on workshop organized by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre together with nine partner institutions from Nordic/Baltic countries, financed by the NORDPLUS programme.

During the workshop 24 composers and 12 contemporary music performers tutored by 13 expert knowledge teachers of electronic/electroacoustic composition, sound art, improvisation, and music technology will learn how to create, develop and perform compositions in 360 degrees sound environment. The main topic of NORD+MIX is immersive sound utilizing higher order ambisonics available at the sound sphere of the Music Innovation Studies Centre (MiSC) of LMTA, which is as well portable to the larger concert venues. Immersive sound is used not only for electronic music experimentation, but also becomes a sound standard in the context of creative industry (virtual reality and 360 video).

According to individual preferences of students, three groups were formed: members of the 1st group will focus on compositions for instrumental musicians (with and without electronics), members of 2nd group will develop a group improvisational pieces on the spot, and the 3rd group will mix electroacoustic/acousmatic music pieces for the sound sphere.

All composition developed during the NORD+MIX will be presented for the larger audience at the cultural hub “Kablys” in Vilnius. Concert I, featuring purely electroacoustic music will take place on April 28, Saturday, at 10pm, and Concert II, featuring electronic music involving live musicians will be held on April 29, Sunday, at 6 pm.

Coordinating institution: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Partner institutions: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Lund University/Malmö Academy of Music, Norwegian Academy of Music, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Royal Danish Academy of Music, University of Arts/Sibelius Academy, University of Gothenburg/Academy of Music and Drama.

Alejandro Olarte, Andrew Bentley (Sibelius Academy)
Anders Tveit (Norwegian Academy of Music)
Hans Gunter Lock, Theodor Parker (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg (Royal Danish Academy of Music)
Henrik Frisk (Royal Music College in Stockholm)
Kent Oloffson (Malmö Academy of Music/Lund University)
Mantautas Krukauskas, Jonas Jurkūnas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Ríkharður Friðriksson (Iceland Academy of the Arts)
Staffan Mossenmark (Academy of Music and Drama/Gothenburg University)
Voldemārs Johansons (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music)

Students of composition:
Hermod Ringset Bentsen, Michael McCormick (Norwegian Academy of Music) 
Kirsten Milenko, Robert Durnin (Royal Danish Academy of Music)  
Maria Horn, Mattias Erik Hållsten (Royal Music College in Stockholm) 
Martino Torquati, Daniel Möllås (Malmö Academy of Music/Lund University)   
Olesja Kozlovska, Alise Rancāne (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music)
Paul Klooren, Markus Robam (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)  
Paola Livorsi, Matilda Seppälä, Tornike Karchkhadze, Ani Zakareishvili, Viktor Toikkanen (Sibelius Academy) 
Stefán Ólafur Ólafsson, Saevar Helgi Johannsson (Iceland Academy of the Arts)

Composers Jūra Elena Šedytė, Marija Paškevičiūtė, Monika Zenkevičiūtė, Aleksej Kalinin, Dainora Aleksaitė  and performers Dalia Krapavickaitė, Kristupas Gikas, Simonas Kaupinis, Monika Kiknadzė, Deimantas Jurevičius, Kazimieras Jušinskas, Greta Garmašaitė, Mėta Pelegrimaitė, Domantas Razmus, Kristupas Kmitas  (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Professional musicians:
Marta Finkelštein (piano), Artūras Kažimėkas (clarinet)

More information about previous editions of NORD+MIX can be found on NORDPLUS Music website:

Wednesday April 11th, 2018

The Sustainable Theatre Artist

The Sustainable Theatre Artist is a two-year pedagogical project that aims at artistic, professional and societal sustainability of future theatre and performing artists. The project is inspired by the challenge an artist must rise to – how to make meaningful art within the parameters of the professional field, the world around us and our planet and how to interact in an intelligent, resourceful and responsible way with our society in different cultural contexts.

The project aims at raising an awareness among future theatre and performing artists on:

  • how to sustain the arts in society;
  • how to sustain one owns artistic practice;
  • how the performing arts can contribute to social and ecological change.

It also aims at providing practical tools to carry out artistic projects with sustainable focus, create strategies and develop sustainable artistic methods.

The project contains:

  • Monthly online lecture series hosted by the participating schools.
  • Series of express courses on sustainability.
  • A big intensive course that can host up to 100 students working in groups of 10 for a week on sustainable projects with a correlating sustainable forum on 26th August – 2nd September 2018 in Vilnius at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The intensive course aims at bringing together the knowledge students have gained through the express courses and puts it into practice trough artistic projects. On the course student groups work independently towards a presentation under the supervision of a mentor. The Norteas member schools will propose mentors for the course. During the intensive week there will be series of talks in the afternoon with artists, intellectuals, cultural politicians and Nordic culture funds present their operation.

More information about the project can be found online:

Thursday April 5th, 2018

Winners of the XIX Vincė Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė competition for female singers

On 4 April the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LAMT) hosted the XIX Vincė Jonuškaitė-Zaunienė Competition for Female Singers. The competition was attended by 11 students from LAMT and Arts Academy of Klaipėda University.

The winners of the competition:

I prize Eglė Stundžiaitė (Prof. Irena Milkevičiūtė)
I prizeMonika Kučinska (Prof. Asta Krikščiūnaitė )
II prize – Gabrielė Kupšytė (Prof. Sigutė Stonytė )
III prizeAurelija Stasiulytė (Prof. Regina Maciūtė)
Special prize of famous singer Judita Leitaitė for artistry and suggestive interpretation – Agnė Buškevičiūtė (Assoc. Prof. Aušra Stasiūnaitė) and Ieva Liekytė (Prof. Regina Maciūtės)
Diploma for Best ConcertmasterEdita Zizaitė (Arts Academy, Klaipėda University)



Competition jury: opera singers Irena Zelenkauskaitė (chair), Ieva Prudnikovaitė, Judita Leitaitė, Audrius Rubežius, representative of the sponsor of the competition – Vydūnas Youth Fondation (Vydūno jaunimo fondas) – Jolita Buzaitytė-Kašalynienė.


, Edita Zizaitė – piano

LAMT info

Tuesday March 20th, 2018



Lithuanian Composers’ Union, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Vilnius)

23–26 October 2018


Over fifty years ago Baltic musicological conferences were established as a cultural space for musical exchange, professional collaboration, and openness to the wider international networking. In 2018, the three neighbouring countries – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – celebrate the centennial of their modern statehood. Inspired by the key reference points throughout the century of changes, the 46th international Baltic musicological conference will focus on music criticism in its relationship to cultural transformations. The conference seeks to encourage discussion about the contribution of critical discourse on music to the 20th–21st c. cultural and social processes.

In the 20th–21st centuries, music criticism played an important role in the articulation and critical reflection on rapid changes of culture and their relationship to political history, social and economical transformation, development of technologies and media. Shifts in traditions and canons, variety of new music phenomena, cultural hybridization, expansion of musical consumption and globalization of music industry – orientations of music criticism and understanding of its function were influenced to a great extent by the changing worlds of music. Engaged as an instrument of cultural self-awareness, music criticism itself contributes to the political, social and cultural changes. As Jacques Attali well writes, music “makes audible the new world that will gradually become visible, that will impose itself and regulate the order of things; it is not only the image of things, but the transcending of the everyday, the herald of the future” (Attali 1985) – this attitude can be addressed not only to musical expression, but also to the critical discourse on music. In the context of “cultural omnivorousness” (Peterson 1996) and general cultural polyglotism (Eco 1990), music criticism seeks to reconsider the typologies of ideas and values employed for assessment of musical practice and to reflect their effectiveness within local and global cultural spaces.

To address the chosen topic, the 46th international Baltic musicological conference seeks to provide a space for thorough engagement into music criticism and welcomes the submissions on following aspects:

  • Theories of the 20th–21st c. music criticism

  • Music criticism and political change

  • Criticism, musical taste and society

  • Cultural omnivorousness and perspectives of music criticism

  • Music criticism and values

  • Musical institutions and critical networks

  • Music criticism and the art of performance

  • Music criticism and music industry

  • Music criticism and media

  • Music criticism: globalisation or glocalisation?

Keynote speakers include:
Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley)
Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University)
Andreas Engström (Kontraklang, Berlin)
Olga Manulkina (St Petersburg N. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory)

Official language of the conference is English. You are invited to submit the proposals for individual papers and study group sessions by May 31, 2018. An abstract (up to 300 words for 20-minute individual paper) and a CV (up to 150 words) should be submitted to the conference coordinator Rasa Murauskaitė at For study group sessions a general summary is required. Information about the selected proposals will be announced by the end of June 2018.

Further information on conference programme, registration and accommodation arrangements will be announced at the end of July 2018, on the internet sites of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union ( and of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (

Selected papers will be published in article collections by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Programme Committee:
Rūta Stanevičiūtė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) – chair
Andreas Engström (Kontraklang, Berlin)
Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University)
Jūratė Katinaitė (Lithuanian National Radio)
Jānis Kudiņš (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music)
Olga Manulkina (St Petersburg N. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory)
Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley)

For further information, please contact: Rasa Murauskaitė at

Monday March 12th, 2018

Virtual choir. Lithuania [Vol. 2]

The success of the Lithuanian virtual choir 2016 and support received from the composer Eric Whitacre, who came to Vilnius, encouraged us in 2018 to implement the second part of the Project – “Virtual Choir. Lithuania ”, dedicated to the Centenary of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania.

Two national virtual choir projects are intended to be implemented, which means that singers will have an opportunity to participate in performing two pieces of choral music: “Tautiška giesmė” (The National Anthem) and a new opus “Sanctus” created especially for virtual choir project, the author of which is Vaclovas Augustinas, one of the outstanding choir music composers in Lithuania, conductor of Vilnius Municipal choir “Jauna muzika” (Young Music).

A virtual choir is an audiovisual record created using computer programmes, when videos of individual singer performances are combined into one single performance of a choir.

The first performance of a virtual choir took place in 2010. Then, the American composer Eric Whitacre brought together individual singers from different countries to sing together for the first time in the world’s history. Since then, four such projects have been implemented.

On 17 June 2016, the first premiere of Lithuanian virtual choir took place. 100 singers participated in this project: 93 performers from Lithuania, 6 singers from the USA and 1 singer from Spain. All these singers sang the same song „Kur giria žaliuoja“ (Forest Greenery Around) created by the composer Juozas Gudavičius. This virtual choir performance was accompanied by live improvisation of an instrumental ensemble.

How to participate in project:

Monday March 12th, 2018

Conference: Principles of Music Composing

Lithuanian Composers’ Union
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

18th International Music Theory Conference

Principles of Music Composing:
Retrospective of the Century 

November 13th–15th 2018
Vilnius, Lithuania

Considering audiation and composition together is not prevalent in existing research, and thus provides a thought provoking intention in the field of music theory. Audiation is designed and usually referred to in educational contexts as an aptitude to hear and comprehend music even when the real sound is not present. It is a cognitive process by which the brain gives a meaning to musical sounds. Giving a sense to a sound is an essential condition for the emergence of particular composing techniques, styles or even the general features of entire historical periods. With the rapid development of technologies and their apparent influence on composing as well as the increasing manifestations of serial methods in contemporary music, the role of audiation in the creative process becomes a problematic issue. For this reason integrating audiation and composition into a common discourse is expected to foster an intellectual field embracing both composing dilemmas as well as educational issues. Special attention is paid to audiation facets of Lithuanian composers and their development in the retrospective of a century. 

The topic of the conference is divided into suggested subtopics:

1) Audiation, aural perception/reception, inner hearing, ear training in the context of composing practices. Theoretical, typological, historical outlook.
2) Different audiative approaches (tonal, sonorous, intensity, rhythmic, etc.) as a premise for emergence of new composing techniques or trends in the retrospective of the century.
3) Composing as a result of audiation activity or conscious rejection (or restriction) of aural conducting in the composing process. (Auto)analysis of composer’s creative process. 
4) Audiation aspects in accordance with creative evolution and style of a composer in oeuvre of Debussy (commemorating the 100th anniversary of composer’s death), his contemporaries and later composers.
5) Audiation tendencies and their manifestation in Lithuanian composers’ music following Čiurlionis (celebrating the centenary of independence of Lithuania). 
6) Audiation strategies as creative stimuli in relation with other areas (literature, painting, motion, spirituality, etc.) and interrelationship between different senses (aural, visual, touch, etc.). Interdisciplinary approach to Debussy, Čiurlionis’ and other composers’ creative work.
7) Aural training possibilities and perspectives in regard with new composing demands emerged in the previous century.

Paper proposals (abstract and a short biography) should be sent by email: 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 August 26th 2018. Proposals will be reviewed by the members of the scholarly committee and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in the middle of September 2018.

The participation fee is 20 Euros.

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

Scholarly 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. Marius Baranauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Coordinators of the conference:

Andrius Maslekovas,
Aistė Vaitkevičiūtė

Sunday March 11th, 2018

Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls will receive the LMTA Honorary Medal

On 22 March the outstanding Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls will receive the Honorary Medal of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.  

Ceremony shall take place in the LMTA Juozas Karosas’ Chamber Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42). It will start at the 10:00.

In the ceremony will take part Raimonds Pauls, LMTA Rector Prof. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas, Chairman of the LMTA Bord Robertas Dargis, Senate members, other honorable guests.

Jazz pianist Prof. Artūras Anusauskas will improvise on the themes of Raimonds Pauls’ music.



2018/06/25 - 2018/06/26

Doctoral Thesis Defence / Doctoral Studies of Art

2018 June 25-26
LMTA Juozas Karosas Hall 
(Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


Tutors: Prof. Algirdas Budrys, Prof. Dr. Rūta Stanevičiūtė-Kelmickienė


June 25, Monday, 18:00
LMTA Juozas Karosas Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


1. O. Balakauskas „Swingy Line 2“ for clarinet, viola and piano
2. N. Paganini/Delécluse Caprice no. 5 for clarinet solo
3. J. Widmann „Fantasie“ for clarnet solo
4. C. Debussy „Première Rhapsodie“ for clarinet and piano
5. F. Poulenc Sonata for clarinet and piano


June 26, Tuesday, 10:00
LMTA Juozas Karosas Hall (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


Dr. Habil. Leonidas Melnikas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Social Science, Sociology 05S)

Prof. Algirdas Vizgirda (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Music W300, Wind Instruments)
Prof. Petras Vyšniauskas (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Music W300, Wind Instruments)
Prof. Habil. Dr. (hp) Gražina Daunoravičienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Liberal Arts, Art Criticism 03H, Musicology)
Assoc. Prof. Guntis Kuzma (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Music, Wind Instruments)

Prof. Dr. Robertas Beinaris (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Wind Instruments)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Judita Žukienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Liberal Arts, Art Criticism, Musicology)


PIANO HERO. Concert of Doctoral Student Marta Finkelštein

2018 June 28, Thursday, 19:00

LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius)


Concert–exam of LMTA Doctoral Student in Art Marta Finkelštein (piano, prof. Petras Geniušas’ class)

Programme: F. Liszt, S. Sciarrino, F. Filidei, S. Prins, J. Kreidler, V. Baltakas

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.