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Competition for Lithuanian Chamber Music Performance

XX International Lithuanian Composers’ Chamber Music Performance Competition 

Dedicated to the 90th anniversary of composer, professor Vytautas Barkauskas (1931-2020) 

2021 December 4, 10.00 am
LMTA Grand Hall 

Chamber instrumental music ensembles of bachelor, master, postgraduate students of music academies. Graduates of 2019 and 2020 are invited to participate in duets. Graduates of earlier years are invited to participate in ensembles of bigger composition: one participant in a trio, two participants in a quartet or quintet. The ensemble that previously won the first prize of this competition may not participate again.

The competition aims 
To promote Lithuanian composers’ chamber music and to foster its performance, encourage the professional development of participating chamber music ensembles.

Convincing, artistically mature performance that lasts 20 min of: 
– one large form Lithuanian composer’s chamber piece (duo, trio, quartet, etc.) or Lithuanian composers’ chamber music program that lasts 12 min;
– a sonata allegro or rondo part of a classical or romantic large form chamber music piece, or the developed part of a modern large form chamber music piece.

Applications are supposed to be sent to the LMTA Chamber Music Ensemble Department by email rimantas.armonas@lmta.lt by 12th of November 2021 together with the ensemble photography and detailed program. / Application form

Winning ensembles will be given the names of the laureates and diploma holders and will be awarded with diplomas, prizes and gifts of the sponsors. Participants will receive commemorative diplomas.

Awardeventwill take place in the Chamber Hall of LMTA on 20 December 2021.

The Competition for Lithuanian Chamber Music Performance owes its origins to the Lithuanian Chamber Music Competition organised in 1999 to commemorate the 80th birthday of Prof. Eduardas Balsys, composer and long-time head of the Department of Composition at the then State Conservatoire (now the LMTA). The aims of the competition are to promote chamber music by Lithuanian composers and encourage the professional development of the members of chamber ensembles.

The first three competitions took place every second year, but since 2003 the competition has been held on an annual basis. The 2012 edition became an international event. Every year, the competition is dedicated to commemorating the birthday of an outstanding chamber music performer, educator or major chamber music event. 

Studies of chamber music by Lithuanian composers, performances of rarely played chamber music works and the appearance of new works are areas inspired by the competition. The event brings to light prospective LMTA chamber ensembles and chamber music performers.

The Kaunas String Quartet (1st place in 2005), the trio Claviola (1st place in 2008) and the string quartets Adora (1st place in 2010) and Mettis (1st place in 2012) see this competition as the start of their distinguished careers. The duo Presto (2013), Trip Trio (2014), the duet of Konradas Levickis (violin) and Lauryna Lankutytė (piano, 2015), the duet of Lora Kmieliauskaitė (violin) and Arnas Kmieliauskas (cello, 2016), the piano trios Modo (2017) and Meta (2018, in the photo above), and the duet of Vincas Bačius (double bass) and Jonas Šopa (piano, 2019) were the first-prize laureates at recent competitions.