RASA JAKUTYTE BIVEINIENE
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.
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.
As a pianist he has premiered numerous works, with a repertoire reaching from the Baroque to the contemporary. He has also himself composed some pieces for piano and chamber music, as well as a number of songs. He is regularly invited abroad to give master-classes and to serve as a juror of different musical competitions.
He has recorded for several labels, with music from Bach to the twentieth century. A review in the Piano Journal describes his album Portugal (published by Diário de Notícias) as ‘remarkable and original’, stating that Pipa’s Suite Portugal will leave its mark on future Portuguese music anthologies, defining him as ‘a pianist of great depth, power and poise’. His recently released album of music by José Vianna da Motta with Toccata Classics (2018), deserved from the same journal words such as “seductive”, “profound and moving”, “grandeur and tenderness of expression”. The same recording prompted Daniel Morrison, reviewing it in Fanfare, to state that Luís Pipa “is clearly devoted to the music of his countryman, and the devotion shows in the sensitive, nuanced shaping he applies to these performances”.
His double album with music by Mozart (Tradisom, 2018) includes his own ending to the Fantasy in d minor, K. 397), presented in 2019 in Vienna with great success.
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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
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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.
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 Pinè Musica 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.