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Works for violin and cello by Z. Kodály, P. Vasks, M. Ravel, A. Šenderovas and V. Barkauskas
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The 1st International Joseph Achron Music Festival
Artistic leaders: Gleb Pyšniak and Dalia Dėdinskaitė #duettissimo
Organization and inspiration: Janina Ališauskienė
Home of the Festival: Gallery “Laiptai”, Šiauliai, Lithuania
For full program and more information please visit: http://www.laiptai.com
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“… Dalia’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor was fully accomplished and unified, with an ambitious and especially warm sound … “
— (after the competition “Violin in Dresden”, “Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten”, Hartmut Schütz)
“…A stunning recording. A must listen!”
— newspaper “Wiener Zeitung” about the CD „Johanna Doderer: The Piano Trios“
“Although I have heard my Violin Partita a hundred times, I was fascinated when a couple of years ago I heard Dalia Dėdinskaitė. Mood, special charisma, persuasion. I fell in love and that love is still flaming.”
— Prof. Vytautas Barkauskas on his Partita for Violin solo.
“Dalia Dėdinskaitė-Pyšniak, who played the solo violin, sensibly revealed the musical character of the lyrical heroine. Her dialogues with the woodwinds were beautiful. She impressed with meaningful breathing of the music, enriched with expression, charged pause-breaths, beautiful lyricism of the French horns, a pointedly controlled wide dynamic scale and logical tempo development”
— after the performance of R. Strauss “A Hero’s Life” with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, online art magazine “7 MD”, Rita Aleknaitė- Bieliauskienė.
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Dalia Dedinskaite is one of the most prominent violinists of her generation in the Baltic States. After winning the prestigious International violin competition “Violine in Dresden 2010′′ in Germany, young artist was invited to perform the L. van Beethoven violin concerto in the festival “Dresdner Festspiele 2012 “. Since then violinist has performed as soloist and as chamber music artist in many European countries, the United States and New Zealand in many prestigious concert halls such as, among others, Vienna Musikverein, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, The Juilliard School Paul Hall in New York, Chicago Cultural Center, Helsinki Musiikkitalo, Vatroslav Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Odd Fellow Palæet Copenhagen, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Grand Salon des Invalides in Paris, the Great Guild of Riga City, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Accademia Filarmonica Romana.
Dalia’s musical talent was noticed by her first teacher Elena Lašaitė, later Dalia studied with prof. Jurgis Dvarionas. The most prominent footprints in her musical career has left the studies with Austrian violinist, professor Christian Altenburger and chamber music lessons with professor Johannes Meissl at the Viennese University of Music, where Dalia earned her BA and MA cum laude with a distinction and the Rector’s Prize of Honour. Since 2016 Dalia has settled in Lithuania whilst is regularly visiting Austria, where she was appointed as assistant to Prof. Christian Altenburger at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. From 2016 Dalia was the 1st Concertmaster of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra and in 2020 she became the Principal Concertmaster of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Dalia Dedinskaite has performed with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (Saulius Sondeckis), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (Georg Mark, Juozas Domarkas), “Dresdner Kappelsolisten” (Helmuth Branny), Symphony Orchestra of the Dresden Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music (John Holloway), Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ars Lituanica, Estonian chamber orchestra ME103 (Andris Veismanis), Vilnius chamber choir “Jauna Muzika” (Vaclovas Augustinas).
Beside solo activities, the violinist is an enthusiastic chamber music artist – Dalia has performed at many international chamber music festivals, such as “The 10th Annual Chamber Fest” in New York, “Schwäbischer Frühling” in Germany, “The International Holland Music Sessions”, “Loisiarte”, “Attergauer Kultursommer”, “Festival St. Gallen” and“ International Rattenberg Festival ” in Austria, “Grieg in Bergen” and “International Bergen Festival” in Norway, “Nafplion Festival” in Greece, “Fundación Monteleon” in Spain, etc., where she shared the scene with musicians like Christian Altenburger, Franz Bartolomey, Patrick Demenga, Lukas Geniušas, Josef Gilgenreiner, Pavel Giunter, Ole Christian Haagenrud, Cornelia Hermann, Reinhard Latzko, Christoph Schiller, Thomas Selditz, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Quirine Viersen.
Contemporary music and collaboration with contemporary composers plays a very important role in the violinist’s life. In 2014 she performed début recitals together with the cellist Gleb Pyšniak the world Lithuanian première of “Duettissimo” by Vytautas Barkauskas at the Musikverein Hall in Vienna. The composer dedicated the work to the duo of Dalia and Gleb. In the same year together with Vilos Trio, ordered by Austrian publishing company “Capriccio”, Dalia recorded complete piano Trios by Austrian contemporary composer Johanna Doderer. Compact disc was published in Vienna and presented at the Austrian National Library filming on the ORF (Austrian National Television). “…A stunning record. Necessary to listen. “- Wiener Zeitung about the début CD of the Vilos Trio. (10/14/2014)
Starting in 2015, Dalia, along with cellist Gleb Pyšniak, took the lead in various projects important for Lithuanian musical and cultural life – National Forum “Ars Lituanica”, Youth Education Project “Artistico”, whose main purpose is to support Lithuanian young talents of classical music. An especially successful project of Lithuanian music initiated by Dalia and Gleb “Window to Lithuania” – a CD with more than a hundred years of Lithuanian music history collection of jewels. The album was presented to listeners in more than a dozen European countries and the US, this way it commemorates the 25th anniversary of independence restoration of the Republic of Lithuania. The concert was filmed and recorded by LRT (Lithuanian National Radio and Television) in Vilnius. Not less attention received from “Aerogram“ another compact disc project of the Litvak (Lithuanian Jewish origin) composers’ music, featuring composers such as A. Copland, G. Gershwin, B. Goodman, J. Achron, L. Godovsky. During album presentations in Europe and US Litvak culture is represented as an important part of Lithuanian culture. Concert in Vilnius was recorded by LRT (Lithuanian National Radio and Television).
Dalia is the winner of many international and national competitions: “Violine in Dresden 2010” in Germany, “International IV Alexander Glazunov” in Paris, Balio Dvariono Competition for Pianists and Strings, Raimundas Katilius Violin competition, The 6th International Stasys Vainiūnas chamber music competition and others. In the year 2012 during the festival-masterclass “ISA Prague-Vienna-Budapest” together with cellist Gleb Pyšniak, Dalia was awarded “Kodály Award” for Outstanding Zoltán Kodály Duo op.7 for violin and cello performance.
Dalia attended master classes with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ivry Gitlis, Natalia Gutman, Maria Kliegel, Tuls Mørk, Miklós Perényi, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Richard Stoltzman and other. For her invaluable music and life lessons and overall support, Dalia is grateful to Mr. Ernst Haupt- Stummer.
Dalia Dedinskaite together with her husband Gleb Pyšniak, also known as violin and cello ensemble “Duettissimo”, are artistic directors of Kintai Music Festival and co-founders of Joseph Achron Music Festival and “Christmas in Vilnius” (“Kalėdinis Vilnius”) Festival in Lithuania.