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Edvinas Minkstima



Biography

Edvinas Minkstimas is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top emerging young pianists, one whose extensive repertory, solid technique and musical expression have led him to perform throughout Europe and North America.

In 2018, Dr. Minkstimas performed at Pro Musica San Miguel festival, judged Steinway piano competition in Washington, D.C., presented Holocaust Music program at the Georgetown University.

In 2017, Dr. Minkstimas ran the second edition of the American Piano Forum summer music festival at the West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and organized a summer music academy for the Washington Cathay Future Center.

In 2016, Dr. Minkstimas ran the first edition of the American Piano Forum summer music festival in Washington, D.C., judged and served as faculty at WIPF, performed concert tours in Europe, Mexico and the United States.

In 2015, Dr. Minkstimas became Chair of the Piano Department at WCM, where he also serves as faculty, http://www.washingtonconservatory.org/html/faculty.htm

In 2014, Edvinas Minkstimas became Board member of the Liberace Foundation in the United States, http://liberacefoundation.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/renowned-pianist-edvinas-minkstimas-joins-liberace-foundation-advisory-board/

Mr. Minkstimas became a Steinway Artist in August, 2013. http://www.steinway.com/artists/solo-profile/m/EdvinasMinkstimas

Edvinas Minkstimas, a Steinway Artist and winner of eight international piano competitions, currently serves as Artist in Residence of the Embassy Series and Phillips Collection Music Series in Washington, United States, Malaga Clasica festival in Spain, as well as a guest faculty of WIPF.
Upcoming engagements include recitals and chamber music appearances in US, China, Mexico, Italy, Canada and Europe. Based in Washington, D.C., Dr. Minkstimas presents multiple performances annually for his local fans and supporters. This season he will appear at the NGA, WCM, GU, Embassy Series’ concert series, among other.

Recent engagements include concert tours in Alaska, Poland, Germany, Mexico, Lithuania, performances at the WIPF, WCM series, Embassy Series and Phillips Collection Music Series, a recording project with the Vilnius String Quartet, which is arguably the most renowned Lithuanian chamber ensemble with over 50 years of illustrious performing history. Many of the great pianists, including Mikhail Pletnev, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, as well as Martha Argerich and Vladimir Ashkenazy, have performed and recorded with the Vilnius String Quartet. It was Dr. Minkstimas’ fifth performing tour with the Vilnius Quartet.

Mr. Minkstimas’ upcoming solo piano programs will feature jazz, film and video game music. In 2014 Mr. Minkstimas completed a music score for a released documentary film and currently is working on several theater, film and video game music commissions.

Other recent engagements include appearing as a guest soloist with the Vilnius String Quartet, in a Beethoven Triple Concerto with Piedmont Symphony and Lithuanian National Smphony orchestras, conducted by Glenn Quader and Johannes Wildner, at Casa de la Musica in Quito, Ecuador, Teatro Cervantes and Teatro Echagaray in Malaga, Spain, WCM series, WETA broadcasts, Embassy of Iceland, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., UAA in Anchorage, University of South Carolina and at Georgetown University.

Mr. Minkstimas has appeared as a soloist in some of the most coveted concert venues in the world, including the Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, (NYC) Teatro Echegaray, Teatro Cervantes (Malaga, Spain), Salle Pleyel, Salle Faure, Cite de la Musique, CNSM and Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris), Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.) and many others. His performances are broadcasted regularly by WETA, Mezzo and other major classical music broadcasters.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Minkstimas has appeared with the New Juilliard Ensemble, let by Joel Sachs, Phillips Camerata, flutists Matthias Lyding and Gustavo Lovato, violinists Jesu Reina, Anna Margrethe Nilsen, Sean Lee, Laura Lutzke, Anca Nicolau, Miranda Cuckson, Teri Lazar, Claudia Chudakoff, and Marc and Olivia Hajioff, cellists Charlie Powers, Hiruo Matsuo, Dane Johansen, Adrian Daurov, Andrew Janns and David Teie, violists Kyle Armbrust, Osman Kivrak, Matthew Lipman, and Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez, clarinetists Albert Hunt and Rob Patterson, singers Esther Heideman, Nils Nilsen, Aurelio Galbadon, Nicole Taylor and Alexis Vassiliev, as well as with pianists Sofya Gulyak and Jonathan Floril.

Highlights of the 2012-2013 concert season included performances at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, soloist appearances with NSO, Arlington Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, as well as concert tours in Europe and South America, among others. In 2012-2013, Mr. Minkstimas performed with celebrated conductors Johannes Wildner, Christopher Zimmerman, and Scott Wood.

Since 2012, Mr. Minkstimas also serves as a guest faculty member of the Washington International Piano Festival, which in 2012 featured such prominent performers and teachers as Atsuko Okada, Leon Fleisher, Jose Feghali, Ivo Kaltchev, Nikita Fitenko, and Seymour Bernstein.

In July 2011, Mr. Minkstimas became Artist-in-Residence of the Embassy Series Festival in Washington DC, where he also works as assistant to Director Jerome Barry. Together, they have prepared the “Songs of Vilna Ghetto” program, which continues to tour in Europe and the United States since the fall of 2011. For this program, Mr. Minkstimas wrote arrangements for the songs and solo piano variations.

In May 2011, Mr. Minkstimas received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, New York, where he was recipient of the C.V. Starr Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He previously received the Artist Diploma from the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) under the tutelage of Michel Beroff. Previously, Mr. Minkstimas studied in Lithuania with Veronika Vitaite at the Lithuanian Academy of Music. He has taken master classes with pianists Nikolay Petroff, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Idil Beret, Eugene Indjic, Jeffrey Swann, Joseph Kalichstein, Marie Francoise-Bucquet, and other prominent performers, including Itzhak Perlman. He also studied composition with Guy Reibel (Paris Conservatory) and Vytautas Barkauskas at the Lithuanian Academy of Music.

Since July 2010, Mr. Minkstimas has served on the boards of directors for several international non-profit organizations. In this capacity, he has helped organize fundraisers for social and international causes, including three fundraisers in the United States, one in Lithuania, during which over $100,000 was raised for autism-related research. One of the fundraisers in New York (which received coverage in The New York Times) raised money to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. He is also a co-founder of the GLL (Global Lithuanian Leaders) organization, and a board member of National Jewish Health.

In 2010, Mr. Minkstimas won the Belz-Parker Young Artist Award in Memphis, Tennessee, and in 2007, he won First Prize at the Fifth International Ciurlionis Piano Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has taken top honors at the First Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians (Moscow), the International Knezkova- Hussey Piano Competition (Canada) and European Piano Days (France), among other festivals and competitions.
A native of Kaunas, Lithuania, Edvinas Minkstimas claims his early artistic influences from Nordic poetry, Baltic mythology and other romantic images. He conveys the lyricism and poetry within a musical work through his displays of virtuoso technique. He is strongly influenced by such great pianists as Richter and Michelangeli, and composers Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Ligeti and Penderecki. Of his contemporary colleagues, Mr. Minkstimas is inspired by Evgeny Kissin, Spencer Myer, Sofya Gulyak, Jeffrey Swann and Martha Argerich.

Edvinas Minkstimas’ professional debut was at the age of fourteen with The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Vilnius), playing the Grieg Piano Concerto in A-minor. He has released two recordings, featuring solo and orchestral performances of works by Brahms, Beethoven and Liszt. Mr. Minkstimas has been recipient of numerous grants and scholarships, including those from the Meyer Foundation (France), Music Academy of the West (California), and the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. For more information and recordings please visit the artists’ website, www.minkstimas.com

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/20/2019: Lubana Al Quntar and Ensemble: Two Millennia of Musical Kinship

Dramatic, ethereal, and resilient, Damascus-born Lubana Al Quntar is a world-renowned coloratura soprano. She returns to the Kennedy Center alongside popular oud player, Ramy Adly, double bassist, John Murchison, percussionist, Nezih Antakli, and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas and a six-person choir to celebrate and honor the tradition of Syriac and Aramaic music in a contemporary light.

Presented in collaboration with Media and Arts for Peace (MAP).

March 20 - Edvinas Minkstimas Headshot