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Lina Marija Songailė

Head and lecturer of the Department of Music of the LMTA Klaipėda Faculty. Subjects: String Instruments, Ensemble, Music Education, Orchestra, Musical Expression, Orchestral Parts and Sight Reading. Languages: English (C2), German (C1), Russian (C1), Italian (B1), Spanish (A1). 

Lina Marija Songailė, a violin virtuoso, teaches at the Department of Music of the LMTA Klaipėda Faculty.

The violinist is a winner of several national and international competitions. Her performing technique was developed by the most acclaimed representatives of the Russian, Romanian, French, and Austrian violin schools and academic chamber music Pavel Berman, Silvia Marcovici, Gidon Kremer, Zakhar Bron, Liana Isakadze, Ivry Gitlis, and Stephan Goerner.

Lina Marija Songailė studied in Italy (Fondazione Accademia Internazionale di Imola “Incontri con il Maestro”), earned her bachelor’s degree in Austria (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz), and was a cum laude graduate of Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano (Switzerland) where she followed her master’s studies. 

The violinist is a member of Trio Mirage (Austria) and Karalienės Luizės trio (Queen Louise Trio) (Lithuania and Latvia). In 2014–2018, Lina Marija was a member of the Grammy Award-winning Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra founded by legendary violinist Gidon Kremer. Together with this orchestra, the violinist performed in the most famous concert halls in Europe (Elbphilharmonie, Berliner Philharmonie, Musikverein), Japan (Suntory Hall), the USA (Carnegie Hall), and the UAE.

The virtuoso won the 1st place and the title of the most distinguished Lithuanian performer at the International Competition Gradus ad Parnassum (Kaunas, Lithuania); and took the 1st award in the International String Festival Gasparo da Salo in Italy. As a soloist, she has successfully performed at such international festivals as, among others, Vladimir Spivakov Invites Festival (Moscow, Russia), Gasparo da Salo (Italy), the Pažaislis Music Festival (Lithuania), and Livorno Music Festival (Italy). Soloist Lina Marija Songailė has also appeared on stage together with chamber and symphony orchestras in Lithuania and abroad to perform under the baton of Professor Saulius Sondeckis, Ilmar Lapinsch, Andrey Kruzhkov, Pavel Berman, and Tomas Ambrozaitis.

Lina Marija Songailė is a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, a youth orchestra in Vienna (since 2013) and a member of the European Philharmonic of Switzerland (since 2017). The violinist has worked together with Graz Philharmonic Orchestra (Austria) and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland).

In 2014, Lina Marija Songailė was granted the status of Artist Creator by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. Apart from teaching at the Academy, the violinist is on the staff of Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium of Arts in Klaipėda. Her students — laureates of international competitions, striving for excellence in their careers as professional violinists — are the best illustration of the successful teaching career of musician Lina Marija Songailė.