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Asta Krikščiūnaitė

Asta Krikščiūnatė (c) M. Aleksa. LMTA

Professor and Head of the LMTA Department of Vocal PerformanceSubjects: Vocal Performance. Languages: English (C1), Russian (C1).

Asta Krikščiūnaitė (soprano), a graduate of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA), was a laureate of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Philadelphia and continued her master her professional skills with the most prominent teachers in the United States.

The wide range of the singer’s rich and well-trained voice enables her to perform various genres from operas, oratorios, chamber music, and Lied to opuses by contemporary composers. In her career, Asta Krikščiūnaitė has performed over 700 works belonging to a variety of genres, created distinguished opera roles for the Lithuanian, Estonian, Polish, and Finnish theatres. The major large-scale works, among others, include those composed by J.S. Bach, G. F. Händel, F. Liszt, W.A. Mozart, G. Verdi, J. Brahms, A. Bruckner, A. Dvořák, L. van Beethoven, L. Janáček, K. Penderecki, H. Berlioz, G. Grigorjeva, and G. Kancheli.

Asta Krikščiūnaitė has performed together the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.

The geography of the singer’s performances featuring such conductors as, among others, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arvo Volmer, Andres Mustonen, Murry Sidlin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Juozas Domarkas, Saulius Sondeckis, Modestas Pitrėnas, Olivier Grangean, Kazimierz Kord, Pavel Berman, and Kaspar Zehnder is incredubly wide. Asta Krikščiūnaitė has performed on the stages of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Luxembourg Palace, the French Senate in Paris, the Royal Caste in Warsaw and the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Black Diamond building of the Royal Library in Copenhagen, the Essen Philharmonic, Tampere Conservatoire, the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella, and the Israel Opera Tel-Aviv. She has also given tours to Estonia, Germany, the USA, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Ukraine, and Armenia.

Asta Krikščiūnaitė is regularly invited to perform at numerous European festivals: Musica Sacra in Nürnberg, the Festival Ljubljana in Slovenia, Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci, the Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany; Kammermusikfest Hopfgarten in Austria; Tri-Arte in the Netherlands, the Miłosz Festival in Krakow, and many others.

Asta Krikščiūnaitė has received several major awards such as the Order of the White Star of Estonia for contribution into the Estonian culture (2004) and the Honorary Prize of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Poland (2012).

In 2011, Asta Krikščiūnaitė received the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Award.

At the LMTA, Professor Asta Krikščiūnaitė is Head of the Department of Vocal Performance. She often leads master classes in vocal performance both in Lithuania and abroad. Asta Krikščiūnaitė is a member of the examination boards of vocal performance competitions, including the International Virgilijus Noreika Competition for Singers.