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Kasparas Uinskas


Kasparas Uinskas

“Kasparas Uinskas has all the ingredients of a great pianist and musician… in his New York recital debut, he offered much evidence of the talent that has garnered his impressive start on an international career…”
New York Concert Review

This review appeared after Kasparas Uinskas debut recital at Carnegie Hall. Uinskas also made a highly successful series of debut recitals at the world’s most famous concert halls, including Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Wigmore Hall in London, Berlin Philharmonie, Madrid Auditorio Nacional and others. His international appearances were highly praised by music critics and audiences. Following his Berlin debut, the reviewer wrote: “…The debut recital of Lithuanian pianist Kasparas Uinskas was far from another usual piano recital at the rich Berlin’s music scenery… even though it was Uinskas’ debut recital in Berlin, this pianist is far from the beginning point of his artistic journey…there is nothing left to wish for in his technique, and his interpretations overcome all limits…” (Klassik in Berlin).

In season 2010/2011 Mr. Uinskas had solo, chamber music appearances and concerts with orchestras at concert halls in the UK - London Wigmore Hall, Spain – Madrid Auditorio Nacional, Auditorio Fundacion Caixa Galicia A Coruna, Poland - Krakow Philharmonic, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Turkey and Lithuania.

The highlights of the season 2012/2013 include his concerts with Slovak Radio Symphony orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kislovodsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica de Stat Targu Mures, Filarmonica Oltenia in Romania, as well as solo recitals at London Wigmore Hall, Baerum Kulturhus (Norway), BoZar concert hall in Brussels, Filarmonica de Stat Targu Mures in Romania and solo and chamber music (together with violinist Nikita Borisoglebsky) concert tour in Brazil.

Kasparas Uinskas

After the highly successful concert at London Wigmore Hall in May, 2012, Robert Beattie from Seen and heard International wrote: “Kasparas Uinskas impresses at Wigmore Hall. ...It was gratifying to see such an accomplished and emotionally mature performance of this highly sophisticated work [Brahms Sonata No. 3 in F minor Op 5] by such a young pianist. ...The duple time exchanges between the hands in D flat major were played with a breathtaking sensitivity that was absolutely magical. [Brahms Sonata No. 3 in F minor Op 5]”

Mr. Uinskas is a frequent guest at many international music festivals throughout Europe and the USA, including the Aspen Music Festival (USA), the Music Festival of the Hamptons (USA), the South Shore Music (USA), Holland Music Sessions and others. At the one of the most prestigious venues in Europe – Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland Mr. Uinskas was granted Reuter’s Grand Prix and with the invitation to perform solo recital there next year.

His repertoire includes works by a wide range of composers, from Johann Sebastian Bach to 20th Century composers, but Frédéric Chopin holds special significance. Recent releases include Uinskas' debut CD of his Chopin recital in 2006 and the DVD of his live concert at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2008.

Mr. Uinskas is a frequent guest on the Radio and TV programs. Just recently he had a highly successful BBC Radio 3 debut at the program In Tune, where he performed live and was interviewed by program host – Mr. Sean Rafferty. Mr. Uinskas was also featured on the David Dubal’s Reflections from the Keyboard on the WQXR, the classical music radio station of The New York Times.

Pianist also performs music by Lithuanian composers. In 2005 Mr. Uinskas with other Lithuanian musicians joined the project in which he recorded two pieces of Lithuanian composer Vladas Jakubenas. For his debut series Mr. Uinskas among other world composers included works of Lithuanian composer Balys Dvarionas. After his concerts critics wrote: “Three selections from “Winter Sketches” by fellow countryman, Balys Dvarionas (1904-1972), were given the most personal and inspired renditions of the evening. Uinskas brought out the pure childlike energy of these works, along with a harmonic richness reminiscent of Medtner and Tchaikovsky.” (New York Concert Review)

The summer (2010) Mr. Uinskas became an artistic director of the “New Musical Generation summer festival and academy”, to which he invited the most outstanding musicians from ten countries, who gave concerts ten days in a row, as well as during the day time taught academy students from all over the world. Mr. Uinskas also actively teaches students at Masterclasses, organized by the main Lithuanian high school - National M. K. Ciurlionis school of Arts and at main University - Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Along with his concert career Mr. Uinskas participates in an outreach programs in promoting classical music for the youth. From the 2006, pianist develops and runs a classical music educational program in the high schools of Lithuania. The purpose of the project is to present live classical music to the young people. The project turned out to be a great success and was well received by students. For the whole project time, life classical music was heard by about 8000 students.

Kasparas Uinskas was born in Druskininkai, Lithuania. He began studying the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, where he graduated his Doctoral studies, Frédéric Chopin Music University in Warsaw (with prof. Bugaij), Poland, and The Juilliard School in New York (with the prof. Kalichstein), as a recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship.

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Jakubenas: Chamber and Instrumental Music

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Passions and Reflections

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