Thursday 30 June 3.00 pm
Kasparis Mizukis (piano)
Scriabin: Sonata-Fantasy in G sharp minor Op 19 (12')
Andante / Presto
Beethoven: Sonata in E flat Op 31 no 3 (21')
Allegro / Scherzo / Minuet / Presto
Rachmaninov: Corelli Variations Op 42 (20')
Rachmaninov: Polka de W.R (5')
Lithuanian-born pianist Kasparas Mikužis at the age of 20 has already performed on stages of Wigmore hall, Purcell Room and Concertgebouw hall. He has released his debut CD and his performances were televised on Mezzo TV, recordings were played on national Lithuanian radio and Radio Classique in France. Kasparas' distinctive piano playing was acknowledged when he became a scholar of ‘SOS Talents' foundation at the age of 10. Since then Kasparas started performing across Europe, continuing to do so up to this day. He has performed at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva on multiple occasions, as well as, at ‘EMMA for peace' World Summit of Nobel Prize Peace Laureates concert in Warsaw. In 2018 Kasparas was invited to the opening concert of V. Krainev competition in Kharkiv where he performed Prokofiev's 3rd piano concerto. Kasparas has also performed in the national Lithuanian philharmonic hall, Fazioli factory concert hall in Sacile, Italy, he also gave a recital at the Steinway hall in Barcelona and performed at the season opening concert of Kharkiv Philharmonic hall with Kharkiv Philharmonic symphony orchestra and conductor Yuri Yanko.
Kasparas is a laureate of 22 international competitions including the Grand Prix at the 10th international Balys Dvarionas competition for young pianists in his home country Lithuania and a double 1st prize at the 28th Roma International Piano Competition, where he achieved 1st prizes in both categories up to 19 and 25 years. At the moment Kasparas is studying at the Royal Academy of Music with pianist Diana Ketler. Before, he learnt with Justas Dvarionas at the Purcell school of music and M. K. Ciurlionis school of art, as well as, with Liudmila Kašetiene. Last summer, Kasparas was invited to play for Sir Andras Schiff in Riga Jurmala Music Festival, as well as, recently he was offered a place at the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein with a full scholarship for intensive music masterclasses. Kasparas's other recent performances include a chamber music concert with musicians Jack Liebeck and Josephine Knight. Kasparas is extremly grateful for the help and support to SOS Talents foundation, M. Rostropovich charity & support foundation (Lithuania), Talent Unlimited foundation, Hattori foundation and Drake Calleja Trust. For representing Lithuania on the international stage Kasparas was awarded a letter of gratitude by the president of Republic of Lithuania.
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