ABOUT 

Onutė Gražinytė was born to a family of musicians in 1996 in Vilnius, Lithuania. At the age of five she started studying piano under her mother. At the age of six she entered the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art and was an active participant of cultural life there. In 2015, she was the music composer and stage director of the New Year Eve opera at the school – a longstanding tradition carried on by the to be graduates.

Since 2015, O. Gražinytė has studied piano under the tutelage of Roland Krüger at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. She is a scholarship student of Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “Live Music Now” Hannover.

 

She took part in master classes led by Matti Raekallio, Ewa Kupiec, Andrei Gavrilov, Stephen Kovacevich, Ronald Brautigam, Mūza Rubackytė, Nina Seriogina, Maurizio Moretti etc.

O. Gražinytė is a laureate of 10 national and international competitions: was awarded a diploma and a special prize for the best performance of a 20th c. work at the 4th International Young Performers Competition in Głubczyce (Poland, 2007), a prize at the Leonas Povilaitis Young Performers Competition (2008), a prize at the J.S Bach National Competition in Vilnius (2009), a laureate diploma and a special prize for the best performance of B.Dvarionas’ work at the 17th Balys Dvarionas Piano and String Instrument Competition in Vilnius (2012), the first prize at the 4th Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition in Vienna (2012), the first prize and a special prize from a jury member Marian Sobula in the EMCY Peter Toperczer International Piano Competition in Slovakia, etc.

As a soloist O. Gražinytė has appeared with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art Orchestra, Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Alicante University Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and National Orchestra of Lyon.

She is also an ardent chamber music lover, enjoys playing duos with violin or cello.

In 2017, O. Gražinytė has collaborated with Musik21 Niedersachsen contemporary music ensemble at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall where she performed a harpsichord part.

She gave recitals in Lithuania, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, France and Denmark.

In 2015, the President of the Republic of Lithuania acknowledged O. Gražinytė for her musical achievements in national and international competitions.

In 2018 the young pianist had performed in renowned concert halls, such as Warsaw Philharmonie as well as Berlin Konzerthaus.

In the same year Onute became a winner of “Haiou Zhang Piano Award 2018”.