Winner of the Grand Prix at the Mendelssohn Cup Piano Competition in Italy, Lithuanian pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite has won top prizes at numerous prestigious international piano competitions including First Prizes at Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes (Belgium), the competition in Taurisano (Italy), and the Rubinstein Piano Competition (Paris). Read more...
Debut Solo CD Release
My debut solo CD Reflections has been released! It is now available on Amazon, CD Baby, Ongaku Records and many other quality outlets world-wide. It features music by Ravel, Liebermann, Beethoven and Guastavino.
Included with the CD, there is a 24-page booklet with detailed liner notes on the works recorded. It features an article on Beethoven and his Op. 101 by renowned biographer and scholar Jan Swafford, as well as my own notes on the rest of the works.
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Gramophone Magazine Reviews Reflections!
"artistry of poetic and observant sensitivity ... a musician with a keen ear for colour and structure ... vital glowing performances ... illuminating and nuanced ... Vitkauskaite finds a fine balance between lyricism and buoyancy [in the Beethoven], applying judicious flexibility to lines while maintaining narrative cohesion. The dotted rhythms and knotty harmonic twists in the second movement's march have a welcome experimental edge and the pianist exudes celebratory zest in the finale ... Vitkauskaite caresses and animates every phrase [in the Guastavino]."
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Stellar Review by Fanfare Magazine
The November/December issue of Fanfare features my debut solo CD Reflections on the cover and inside in a stellar review along with an extensive interview with me.
“scintillating pianism and a kaleidoscope of colors ... a remarkable display of technique and sensitivity … a Beethoven interpreter of penetrating insight ... deeply felt performance ... a most intelligently programmed and beautifully realized recorded debut recital ... enthusiastically recommended release.”
Full review and interview are available for Fanfare subscribers here.