OUR PIANO TEACHERS

RASA JAKUTYTE BIVEINIENE

RASA JAKUTYTE BIVEINIENE

Artistic director/Pianist

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Kaunas (Lithuania), Rasa Biveiniene Jakutyte is a pianist and professor of higher music education. She started her studies at the J.Naujalis Special School of Music and Fine Arts, attending classes for twelve years with the professors R.Kaminskiene and B.Budzinauskiene and finishing with a first-class honours degree. She continues her music studies at the Lithuanian National Academy of Music and Theatre (Vilnius), specializing in piano under the guidance of Professor O.Steinberg (G.Neighauz’s and J.Zak’s pupil in Moscow). Completing her academic career with honours, Rasa has achieved many academic qualifications that makes her a versatile musician playing as a soloist, chamber musician, piano accompanist (Opera and Lied). Once she finished her studies Rasa received the invitation of piano and chamber music professorship at the same Academy. Alongside her didactic career, she performed as a soloist and piano accompanist in Europe (Russia, Poland, Spain; Greece, Germany, The Netherlands, France), at International Contemporary Music festivals and Competitions as well.

For her musical projects (Artistic director of “Jóvenes Talentos”, “Atardecers de Música de Cámara”), she was awarded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. Since 2000 she has been living in Vigo (Spain), professor at the “Conservatorio Superior de Vigo” and has succeed as pianist and as teacher as well. Hungry performer, she’s playing in various ensembles (chamber music, coral, lied and opera), and she’s dedicated to promote her pupils giving Masterclasses in Spain and Europe. In 2011 she was nominated as “Distinguished Galician” for her musical committee. 

STEFANO VISINTAINER

STEFANO VISINTAINER

Organizer/Pianist

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Curriculum Vitae

Born in Trento (Italy) in 1991, he graduated in piano with the highest honors at the Trento Conservatory F. A. Bonporti under the tutelage of Professor Marina Cainelli.

He started to take part in piano competitions from an early age. After obtaining the 1st prize at the national competition “Coppa giovani pianisti” (Osimo), he won several awards in national and international competitions, including the 2nd prize at the national competition “Città di Cesenatico”, the 2nd prize at the national competition “Giulio Rospigliosi”, the 1st prize at the national competition “Città di Bucchianico”, 2nd prize at the national competition “Nuovi Orizzonti” in Arezzo and 2nd prize at the international competition “Cassina de’ Pecchi” (MI).

In 2014 he won the 1st prize at the international piano competition “Music without limits” held in Lithuania, a competition included in the Alink – Argerich Foundation. 

During his studies he attended many masterclasses with pianists like Lilya Zilberstein, Leonid Margarius, Andrea Lucchesini, Roberto Cappello, Lya de Barberiis, Alexander Meinel, Filippo Gamba and Anna Kravtchenko. 

In July 2014 he had the fortune to perform at the “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli” Festival held in San Bernardo di Rabbi (Italy) and to have lessons with the renowned Michelangeli’s pupil Jörg Demus. During these years he attended the “Talent School” in Verona studying with the Argentinian pianist Aquiles Delle Vigne. He also took part in the Erasmus Project at the “Conservatorio Superior” of Vigo (Spain) under the guidance of Professor Rasa Biveiniene with whom he obtained the Piano Master Degree. He performed in several concerts as a soloist in Italy, Spain, Germany, Lithuania, and also as a chamber musician together with the violinist Saverio Gabrielli with whom he has recently played for the “Filarmonica Society” in Trento. Besides his piano career, he is attending the chamber music Master at Trento’s Conservatory.

In addition to his classical piano career he has cultivated the passion for composing and improvising his own music, leading to the birth of his first composition “Fuego sin luz”, available on  Youtube.

ALBERTO VARELA PARDO

ALBERTO VARELA PARDO

Pianist/PianoForum Director

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Alberto was born in Vigo in 1983, he began his piano studies at the age of 8 years under the guidance of Professor Rita Ivaskeveuceti, thus completing the studies of Elementary and Professional Grade. In this time, he performs countless concerts, masterclasses and contests, obtaining great results.

In 2003 he entered the Superior Conservatory of Vigo, where he studied with Professor Nicasio Gradaille Peña and Arabel Moráguez. He also completes his training with other professors such as Ingrid Sotorolova, Peter Efler, Cecilio Tieles, Ángel Soler and Andrés Alén. He finished his higher studies in 2007.

He is currently a professor in the Conselleria de ordenación universitaria  of the Xunta de Galicia and professor and coordinator of Academia Fernandes Fão.

He directs several projects such as: Piano Forum and Alto Minho Piano Competition.

CONSTANTIN SANDÚ

CONSTANTIN SANDÚ

Pianist

Curriculum Vitae

The performing art of Constantin Sandu has developed under the influence of his Romanian masters – Sonia Ratescu, Constantin Nitu and, later on, Constantin Ionescu-Vovu at the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Higher Music Conservatory of Bucharest – and of other outstanding individualities such as Sequeira Costa, Dimitri Bashkirov, Helena Sá e Costa and Tânia Achot. His unique artistic personality blends accuracy and respect for the musical text with fascinating poetical sensitivity and imaginative sound spectrum

At the age of 14, he started his career as a soloist with orchestra. Since then, he has been involved in an intense musical activity – hundreds of recitals, chamber music and concerts with orchestra – in several European and Asian countries, having had favourable appreciation from both the public and the critics: “his sensitive personality helps him give a very personal though valid version” (Piano Journal – United Kingdom); “a musician of an undoubted personality, (…) a magnificent sense of colour and rhythm, together with undeniable virtuosity” (Diario de Sevilla – Spain); “a superb pianist, (…) a masterful hue and delicacy (…) irreproachable mastery. Overwhelming.” (ABC – Spain); “an artistic performance of real excellence” (Muzica – Romania); “a concerto full of expression and emotion” (Público – Portugal); “A General leading his troops, the Bodensee Symphonic Orchestra.” (L’ Est Républicain – France); “The delicate and deep playing, the almost immaterial sound, carried the audience into a dimension of dream.” (Corriere Valsesiano – Italy).

He holds several awards at international competitions: Senigallia – Italy 1980 (2nd), Viotti-Valsesia – Italy 1981 (1st), Paloma O’Shea – Santander, Spain 1984 (Honourable mention), Epinal – France 1985 (2nd) and Maria Canals – Barcelona, Spain 1985 (3rd and Alberto Mozatti special prize).

He has participated in important Festivals (Enescu – Bucharest, Chopin – Paris, Santander), has played with noteworthy European orchestras (George Enescu – Bucharest, Arthur Rubinstein – Lodz, Halle Philharmonic, Bodensee Orchestra – Konstanz, National Orchestra of Belarus, Symphonic Orchestra of Radio – television of Kiev, National Philharmonic of Moldavia, National Orchestra of Porto) and renowned conductors (Mandeal, Andreescu, Bacs, Elenescu, Stupel, Koncz, Dubrovski, Hatchaturian, Herrera, Minsky, Stephenson, Beissel, Wehner, Luther Benetti, Bellugi, Muratori, Badea, Soga, Chun).

He has performed in celebrated concert halls (Ateneul Roman – Bucharest, Concert Hall of the Romanian Broadcasting Society – Bucharest, Palau de la Música Catalana – Barcelona, Iturbi hall of the Palau de la Música – Valencia, Manuel de Falla Auditorium – Granada, Mozart hall of the Zaragoza Auditorium, Teatro de Rojas – Toledo, Teatro Cervantes – Malaga, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Lisbon, Casa da Música – Porto) and in other important musical centres (London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Turin, Madrid, Seville, Bratislava, etc.).

In 2006, he received the title of Ph. D. in music at the National Music University of Bucharest, with the thesis Portuguese Piano Music.

He has lived in Portugal since 1991 and presently teaches the piano at the Porto Higher School of Music and the Performing Arts, where he is the current Head of The Piano Department.

www.constantinsandu.com

ALEKSANDRA ZVIRBLYTE

ALEKSANDRA ZVIRBLYTE

Pianist

Curriculum Vitae

Aleksandra Žvirblytė  completed her studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music with Prof. O. Šteinbergaitė in 1989; in 1989–1991 she attended a postgraduate course at the famous P.Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow where she studied with the globally renowned teachers Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniov and Nikolai Suk. Later she studied in Germany and Switzerland (Prof. B. Ringeissen, R. Buchbinder, K. H. Kammerling). The performer became a prizewinner of the M. K Čiurlionis International Piano Competition (Vilnius, 1989 and 1991) and of Y.K.A.A. (Young Keyboard Artists Association) International Piano Competition (Oberlin, USA 1991). In 1999 she won the Grand Prix at N. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.
Aleksandra Žvirblytė has been constantly performing in all major cities and towns of Lithuania; she has toured Russia (St. Petersburg, Moscow), Ukraine (Lvov), Latvia, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and USA. She has been performing with the Lithuanian Chamber, Lithuanian National Symphony, Kharkov Philharmonic, St.Petersburg Conservatoire Symphony and Musical Theatre Symphony, Bulgarian Conservatoire Symphony and other orchestras under the baton of Saulius Sondeckis, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Juozas Domarkas, Mindaugas Piečaitis, Alvydas Šulčys, Christo Christov, Aleksei Kolobukhin and Oliver Weder. The pianist has been also performing chamber music in ensembles with the singers Inesa Linaburgytė, G. Skerytė, Liubov Chuchrova, violinists Dalia Stulgytė and Algirdas Verbauskas, clarinetist Algirdas Budrys, French horn player Mindaugas Gecevičius and percussionist Pavelas Giunteris. Her repertoire includes music of various styles, epochs and genres, also opuses by Lithuanian composers – she was the first to perform many of them. A. Žvirblytė has been participating in music festivals in Lithuania, France and Denmark; she has recorded many opuses for Lithuanian Radio and has published an audiotape and a CD. “Epical thinking, the concentration of thought, the harmony between the emotional and the rational are characteristic to A. Žvirblytė’s musical style. Understanding of every composer’s spiritual values and varied means of expression help her to find profound artistic interpretations. The solutions for the architectonic structure and development of an opus are dictated by her professional mastery and warmed with sincere emotion; her music is inspired by her artistic nature.” (R. Kryžauskienė, Kalba Vilnius)
Aleksandra Žvirblytė is Associated Professor at the Piano Department, Lithuanian Academy of Music; she also holds master classes, gives presentations at academic-methodical conferences and is a member of juries at international competitions. Her students have won  prizes in more than 20 international piano competitions and performed as soloists as well as with orchestras and various ensembles in Lithuania, the European Union and the United States.
ANTONELLA COSTA

ANTONELLA COSTA

Pianist

Curriculum Vitae

Antonella Costa was born in Trento and attended musical and classical studies.

She began schooling at the Music Conservatory Bonporti in Trento under the guidance of Sergio Torri  and then continued her piano studies with Bruno Mezzena and Franco Scala in Pescara and Imola; chamber music  courses with Dario De Rosa in Vicenza and she studied Lieder repertoire with Graham Johnson at the University of York ( England). 

During her formative stage she won awards at various piano music contests (Taranto,Osimo,Savona,Trapani). Her career includes soloist and chamber music concerts with many different ensembles (violin, cello, clarinet, flute , voice, trios), she has an intensive performing acitivity  in piano duo ensemble ( 4 hands and 2 pianos, 8 hands ) with Duo Baudissin ( together with Stefano Fogliardi) and Bequadro Piano Quartet together with  Mariarosa Corbolini, Adriano Ambrosini e Edoardo Lanza.

With these ensembles  she has played the entire repertoire of Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Britten and many première contemporary compositions.

She has been teaching piano at the Conservatorio ‘F.A. Bonporti’ in Trento since  1980 , and since 2012 she is the coordinator of the International project Bonporti Summer Piano_LAB. Every year the  project gathers  teachers from many European Academies for an intensive summer course in Trento. 

Together with her piano studies, she graduated with honour at DAMS (Arts and Music) at Bologna University and then obtained a Master Degree in musical marketing and organization at  Cattolica Univeristy in Milan.

Since 1992 she is also working as a music organizer:

she is the artistic director of PiMusica Festival (1992-2017); of the Piano Festival “ Le Tastiere Raccontano” ( 2002 -2011) in collaboration with Imola Piano Academy; in the board of Premio Antonio Pedrotti , Conductor Competition in Trento ( 1990-1999).

In 2015 she founded  a new International piano competition “Premio R. Melini” near Trento. 

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