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Rusnė Mataitytė

Professor at the LMTA Department of String Instruments. Subjects: Violin. Languages: English (B2), German (B2), Russian (C1). 

Rusnė Mataitytė is a violinist, graduate of the M. K. Čiurlionis National School of Art (Vilnius) and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Rusnė Mataitytė studied with distinguished violinists and teachers Viktoras Radovičius, Valery Klimov, and Igor Bezrodny; is a laureate of the Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition and the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists. Later, with the Kaskados Trio (Lithuania), she became the winner of the Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition.

Rusnė Mataitytė has given concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus (Austria), the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts and the Newbury Music Festival (England), the São Paulo Festival (Brazil); and also performed at St. John’s Smith Square (London, UK), and Carnegie Hall (New York, USA). With the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania), the violinist has participated in the Europamusicale festival in Germany and performed in the prestigious concert halls of Berlin, Munich, and Leipzig. The musician has toured with concerts in Russia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, Japan, and Yugoslavia.

Violinist Rusnė Mataitytė has repeatedly participated in festivals in Lithuania and abroad such as, among others, the Vilnius Festival, Ost-West Musikfest (Austria), Bradva Festival (Yugoslavia), the 24th International Review of Composers (Belgrade, Serbia), Baltic Music Festival (London, UK) Festival Images Sonores (Brussels, Belgium), and the 48th International Festival of Contemporary Music Poznanska Wiosna Muzyczna (Poznan Musical Spring, Poznan, Poland).

Lithuanian composers Osvaldas Balakauskas and Algirdas Martinaitis and British composer Sadie Harrison dedicated their violin concerts to Rusnė Mataitytė, and she performed them together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania).

Rusnė Mataitytė is a member of Kaskados Piano Trio, a long-standing member of the Gaida ensemble, and a member of the Lithuanian Ensemble Network. The musician has given many concerts with the Tate Ensemble in Great Britain.

The CDs that Rusnė Mataitytė recorded in Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, and Lithuania featuring music by Eastern European composers, Sadie Harrison (UK), Feliksas Bajoras (Lithuania), Raminta Šerkšnytė (Lithuania) have been highly evaluated by international critics. In 2015, the Lithuanian Composers’ Union published a collection of works by Lithuanian composers for violin solo edited by Rusnė Mataitytė and released a CD with the same pieces recorded by the violinist. The collection includes works by Jurgis Juozapaitis, Vykintas Baltakas, Vytautas Germanavičius, Vidmantas Bartulis, Anatolijus Šenderovas, Loreta Narvilaitė, Dalia Raudonikytė-With, and Jonas Tamulionis. In 2003, 2009, and 2017, Rusnė Mataitytė recorded CDs with the Kaskados Piano Trio, and in 2017, the year of the 20th anniversary of the Kaskados Trio, the musicians performed a concert for piano trio and symphony orchestra by Lithuanian composer Anatolijus Šenderovas, which was also released as a DVD.

Alongside teaching at the LMTA, Professor Rusnė Mataitytė is on the staff of the M. K. Čiurlionis National School of Art. Her students are among laureates of national and international competitions, such as the Jaroslav Kocian Violin Competition and Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competitions, and are finalists in the Jascha Heifetz Competition for Violinists. 

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