Associate Professor at the LMTA Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments. Subjects: Tuba, Euphonium. Languages: English (C1), Russian (C1), Polish (B2).
Laimonas Masevičius is a tuba player. Born in a little town of Prienai (Lithuania), a five-year-old Laimonas started to play the piano and at age of thirteen joined the tuba class at Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School. Already before entering the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Laimonas had taken two first awards at the Juozas Pakalnis National Competition (2000, 2002), and the 1st prize at the Young Virtuoso International Piano Competition (2001) in Riga (Latvia). As an LMTA student, Laimonas Masevičius won the 1st prize at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (2003) and a special prize — a brand-new tuba by internationally recognised tuba player and conductor Markus Theinert — at the 39th Markneukirchen International Competition (Germany).
Such successful performance brought Laimonas to Denmark: the young musician was invited to study with full scholarship at Carl Nielsen Academy of Music Odense. Here, he studied with two exceptional tuba professors – Joergen Voigt Arnsted and Carl Boye Hansen. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Odense, Laimonas continued studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, in Professor Jens Bjørn-Larsen’s class. In 2008, Laimonas entered the soloist class at Royal Danish Academy of Music, however, at the end of the same year, the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT) announced a vacancy and Laimonas took a decision to return to Lithuania. Since 2009, Laimonas has been a principal tuba player at the LNOBT and a teacher at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2011, he successfully completed doctoral studies at the LMTA.
The two most recent Laimonas’ achievements were his participation at the 5th Jurjānu Andrejs VII International Woodwind Competition (2010, Riga, Latvia) where Laimonas got the 1st prize and the 15th International Performers Competition Brno, the Czech Republic. Here, the musician was awarded an honourable prize for the best performed piece.
Laimonas has the biggest euphonium and tuba class in the Baltic countries. He is on the jury board at numerous competitions and can be often seen performing at international music festivals. Besides, Laimonas’ students have already become laureates at international music competitions.