Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur
Professor at the LMTA Department of Organ and Harpsichord. Subjects: Organ. Languages: English (C2), French (C2), German (A1).
Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur is an organist, Head of the Public Institution Sacred Music Centre, an organist at the Church of St. Casimir in Vilnius. For her exceptional creative activity and promotion of organ music both in Lithuania and abroad, Renata Marcinkutė has received a number of major state awards, such as
- Medal of the Order for Merits to Lithuania by the President of Lithuania (2015);
- Medal of Honour Carry Your Light and Believe by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania (2017);
- St. Christopher Award (2021).
Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur performs both as a soloist and with major Lithuanian orchestras, choirs, ensembles, instrumentalists, and vocalists. She is regularly invited to play the organ in Lithuanian churches and concert halls. Renata has become a truthful representative of the Lithuanian organ music in a number of European countries and America.
Organist Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur has been the first performer of many works. She has been regularly invited to play the organ at various inauguration events in Lithuania and abroad.
Every year, Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur participates in organ and chamber music festivals in Lithuania.
She has led organ master classes at the Mozarteum University Salzburg (Austria), Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan (Poland), the Nino Rota Conservatory in Monopoli (Italy), the Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Conservatory in Cagliari (Italy), and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur is a long-standing member of the organizing committee of the International M.K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition and also a member of the jury of this as well as many other international competitions.
As the head of the public institution Religious Music Centre, Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur initiates and organises about sixty classical music concerts every year. In addition, she acts as the artistic director at the Church of St. Casimir in Vilnius.
Yet another prominent area of Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur’s activity is fostering and promoting music by Lithuanian composers. The organist has been the initiator and the first performer of many pieces.
Renata Marcinkutė Lesieur is also a laureate of the International Organ Master Class in Mechelen (Belgium, 1991) for performing works by Belgian composer Flor Peeters (1903–1986), the 2nd prize winner at the International Organ Competition in Kiev (Ukraine, 1989), and the 3rd prize winner at the International M.K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition in Vilnius (1991).