Instrument: Piano and Chamber Music
Hailed for “artistry of poetic and observant sensitivity” (Gramophone), internationally acclaimed pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite released her debut solo CD Reflections on Ongaku Records in 2014, featuring works by Beethoven, Ravel, Guastavino and Liebermann. Fanfare Magazine highlighted the release on its cover, praising her “scintillating pianism” and dubbing her “a Beethoven interpreter of penetrating insight.”
Winner of the Grand Prix at the Mendelssohn Cup Piano Competition in Italy, 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). She was awarded the Westmont Fellowship at the Montecito International Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California. In 2007, Rasa won a Kathryn Wasserman Davis $10,000 grant that supported her tour promoting peace in Israel. In her native country of Lithuania, Ms. Vitkauskaite has garnered top prizes at six national competitions.
Next season will include the release of her debut concerto CD featuring Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. Recent recital tours have taken Ms. Vitkauskaite to China, South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and across the United States. Her solo engagements include the Kaunas, Latvian and Kaliningrad Philharmonic orchestras, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, I Solisti di Perugia, and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. She has appeared at festivals in Assisi (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Mexico City, Caracas (Venezuela), Taiyuan (China), Porto (Portugal), and Moscow (Russia).
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Vitkauskaite performs regularly with world-renowned clarinetist Jonathan Cohler, with whom she has recorded three acclaimed CDs: American Tribute, Romanza, and Rhapsodie Française. MusicWeb International has praised her as “a master” and as “a brilliant and sympathetic partner,” while American Record Guide singled out her “subtle musicianship and exceptional skill.”
In addition to her active performing career, Ms. Vitkauskaite is a dedicated teacher and adjudicator. She has many students both at the Concord Conservatory of Music, where she is on the faculty, and in her private studio at the Cambridge Music Consortium. She is also on the piano faculty at Youth & Muse International Summer Music Festival at the Boston Conservatory. She has recently led masterclasses at Rosario National University (Argentina), Carlos Gomes State Institute (Brazil), Xàtiva International Music Festival (Spain) and the University of Akron (Ohio) among others. Ms. Vitkauskaite frequently serves as a judge for Massachusetts Music Teachers Association events and has judged the Steinway Society Piano Competition.
Ms. Vitkauskaite is the pianist of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
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