Sunday 18 October 2020, 3pm: A Recital by Ugnius Pauliukonis (piano)
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Haydn: Sonata in E flat Major Hob:XVI/52F
- Chopin: Nocturnes op.62
- Scriabin: Fantasy in F op.28C
- Debussy: Prelude no.12 from book 2 ‘Feux d’Artifice’ (Fireworks) Clair de Lune from Suite ‘Bergamasque’
- Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no.12
“Pianist Ugnius Pauliukonis took my breath away in the RNCM Gold Medal Weekend. The Magic descended as soon as his hands touched the keys… “
-Edward Seckerson editor of the Pianist Magazine-
One of the leading pianists of Lithuania’s new generation, Ugnius Pauliukonis has been performing professionally since the age of six. After studying with Eilina Stropaite, Donaldas Racys and Valentina Berman, Ugnius left Lithuania and moved to the United Kingdom to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated with Distinction.
Ugnius has won numerous awards, including RNCM Gold Medal (first ever solo recipient), the Schubert and Mark Ray Prizes, the Recital Prize and a prize at the International Amy Brant Piano Competition in Birmingham. Most recently, Ugnius was awarded with the Silver Medal Award for excellence in performances by the Worshipful Musicians Company UK, as well as PDG Young Artist award from Music Making UK for 2018-2020.
As a soloist Ugnius played with the BBC Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. He has given solo and chamber music recitals in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and all the Baltic states performing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall (London), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Lithuanian National Philharmonic(Vilnius), Vilnius Town Hall, Kaunas Philharmonic Hall (Lithuania), Lake District Music Festival, Ribchester Festival, Pazaislis Music Festival, Christopher Music festival, Music Festival Perugia, Rokiskis Music Festival. In the past Ugnius has worked with famous musicians such as Lang Lang, Jean Efflam-Bavouzet, Matti Raekalio, Stephen Hough, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Eduardo Delgado, Nelson Goerner.
Ugnius is a member of ‘Confero’ Piano Quartet which was formed in the summer of 2016. The quartet has toured Lithuania playing masterpieces by Faure, Schumann, Brahms, Turina, Brahms, Dvorak.
Making Music is the UK’s leading organisation for leisure-time music, with over 3,500 music groups in membership. Since its creation in 1961 its Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme (PDGYA) has helped to launch the careers of dozens of young musicians, including those of Steven Isserlis, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Ogden. It is made possible by the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, which promotes young artists and composers. www.makingmusic.org.uk/pdgya
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