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Jurgis Juozapaitis

Lecturer at the LMTA Department of String Instruments, Doctor of Arts. Subjects: Viola, Orchestral Parts. Languages: English (B2). 

Jurgis Juozapaitis graduated from the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School in 2005 and entered the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre to study viola in the class of Professor Petras Radzevičius. After completing his bachelor’s (2009) and master’s studies (2011), in 2015 Jurgis Juozapaitis earned his doctoral degree under the supervision of Professor Jonė Kaliūnaitė and Professor Petras Radzevičius. In 2006-2007, the young violist studied at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) where he joined the viola class with Professor Pierre-Henri Xuereb and the chamber ensemble class under the supervision of cellist Alain Meunier. In 2017, Jurgis Juozapaitis joined the LMTA staff as a teacher.               

Violist Jurgis Juozapaitis often performs as a soloist and chamber music performer. As a soloist, he has performed with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), New Era Chamber Orchestra (Ukraine), the LMTA Student Symphony Orchestra, and the Čiurlionis String Quartet (Lithuania). He is principal violist at the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and a member of trio Claviola. Music by Lithuanian composers takes an important part of Jurgis Juozapaitis’ concert life – he is the first performer of works by Lithuanian composers Julius Andrejevas, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Vytautas Germanavičius, Ugnė Giedraitytė, Jurgis Juozapaitis, Jonas Jurkūnas, Algimantas Kubiliūnas, Rita Mačiliūnaitė, Andrius Maslekovas, Artūras Mikoliūnas, and Mykolas Natalevičius.

Jurgis Juozapaitis has participated in numerous viola and chamber music master classes led by Professor Herbert Kefer, Josef Kluson, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Hatto Beyerle, András Keller, and Miguel da Silva, among others. The violist has been awarded 15 laureate diplomas at several national and international competitions such as Michail Elsky International Contest of String Bow Instrument Performers (Minsk, Belarus) (2nd prize, 2007); Val Tidone International Competition in Italy (2nd Chamber Music Prize, 2010); and 3rd prize in the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy (2019). In the 38th International Chamber Ensemble Competition Lyceum Club International de Suisse in Switzerland, Jurgis Juozapaitis became the finalist and won a special prize, and in the 19th international Chamber Music Competition (2015) in Illzach, France, he took the first prize.

In 2011, 2012, and 2014, Jurgis Juozapaitis was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation by the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė; and in 2012 and 2014, he obtained the Young Music Performer Award by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.