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Cepinskis - Gedvilaite Duo
VIOLIN AND PIANO

"A very talented young person. I found his playing extraordinary. He is already not only a great virtuoso, but also a violinist of very high culture. His playing evoked in me associations with the fantastic musicianship of Heifetz. Actually, it has been a long time since I have heard a young person play so movingly"

Sir Yehudi Menuhin

 

Vilhelmas Cepinskis studied with the renowned Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard Music School, from which he graduated in 1997.

He was born on March 1977 in Lithuania into a musical family - his mother an opera singer and his father a violinist and conductor. He began his violin studies at the age of four with his father and at seven he made his solo debut at the Kaunas Philharmonic. In 1987, at the age of ten, Mr. Cepinskis first performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra as soloist, playing the H.Wieniawsky Second Violin Concerto.

Since then, he has won a myriad of international competitions, and has been performing to rave reviews in solo recitals and as soloist with numerous principal orchestras in the Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Norway, Germany, Hungary, USA, and others. Mr. Cepinskis was guest artist at the United Nations on September 17, 1991 the historic day when the Lithuanian flag was raised in New York. That same year, he, together with the Queen of Jordan and the Queen of Greece, received the Maria Pia Fanfani (together for Peace Foundation) Medal from H.R.H. the Queen of Spain. In 1992 he was invited to give a special performance honouring the Royal visit of the King and Queen of Sweden to Lithuania. In 1998 Vilhelmas performed for the King and Queen of Norway.

In December 1994 he had a triumph with the internationally-renowned "Moscow Virtuosi" Chamber Orchestra, with Vladimir Spivakov conducting. It has also become a tradition for Mr. Cepinskis to open and close the concert season of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra - events that are always nationally televised. In fact, he has been performing for Lithuanian National Television and Radio since the age of eleven. In April 1996 Mr. Cepinskis was invited to give a solo recital at the International Ankara Music Festival in Turkey. The Spring of 1997 was highly successful for Mr. Cepinskis. In May 1997, he performed Mozart's Symphony Concertante with violinist Youri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists Ensemble in International Vilnius Festival. In June he made his symphonic debut at the Carnegie Hall. Also his first CD was released, featuring performances of the Sibelius Concerto, Paganini`s Concerto Nr. 2 and Sarasate`s "Carmen" Fantasy, together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Juozas Domarkas. In 1998 his second CD was released, featuring a performance of D.Shostakovich Violin Concerto Nr. 1.

During the current season he is performing in Liubljana, Germany, Amsterdam (at the Concertgebow), France, Turkey, the Dominican Republic and the USA with several orchestras as well as violin and piano duo with the excellent pianist Guoda Gedvilaite.

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Guoda Gedvilaite

"… A completely different personality, the 21-year-old Lithuanian Guoda Gedvilaite played Rachmaninov`s Third Piano Concerto … with ultimate passion and temperament, irrepressibly and excitingly throughout"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

GUODA GEDVILAITE was born in 1975 in Lithuania. In 1992 she graduated from the M. Ciurlionis College of Arts and entered the Vilnius Music Academy, where she studied with Prof. Veronika Vitaite. Ms. Gedvilaite participated in master classes given by such world-renowned musicians as Mikhail Voskressensky, Lev Vlassenko, Vladimir Feltsman, Lev Natochenny, Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, Peter Eicher, Igor Lazko, Jose Ribeira and others.

She has performed with major orchestras, such as Lithuanian National Symphony, orchestras of Finland and Holland, under the baton of such world-class maestro as Juozas Domarkas, Terre Mikkelsen and Saulius Sondeckis with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Gedvilaite had a phenomenal success in 1995, winning First Prize at the Ciurlionis International Piano competition. In the years before that Ms. Gedvilaite had won international piano competitions in Czechoslovakia, the Schevening Competition in Netherlands and the Balys Dvarionas International Competition in Vilnius. In 1991 she captured major prizes of the Cincinnati and Oberlin International Piano Competitions in the USA.

In 1994 she was brought to the attention of Prof. Lev Natochenny at a music festival in Palanga. As a result of this introduction Guoda Gedvilaite was accepted as a student into the master class of Prof. Natochenny at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main in 1995, where she studies now. Ms. Gedvilaite was selected among only 10 of the best young pianists in the world to participate on full scholarship in Meranofest 96, 97 and 98: a prestigious International Music Festival and Academy for Superior Performance Studies in Italy. In 1997 Guoda Gedvilaite had a triumphant success winning the First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris and First Prize and "Public Prize" at the Chopin International competition in Hanover. Since then Ms. Gedvilaite has appeared in numerous concerts in Europe, among them prestigious music festivals such as "Musiksommer Gstaad" in Switzerland, "Festival International Piano et Musique de Chambre Guil-Durance" in France and series of concert tours in Lithuania. In summer 1999, the pianist has performed at the Lockenhaus Summer Festival, directed by Gidon Kremer, where she was in ensemble with the noted cellist David Geringas. She has received a fourth invitation to participate in Merano Festival (Italy) with solo performances. In March 2000 G .Gedvilaite was the first pianist to play the new "Steinway" piano in the new prestigious Vilnius Congress Concert Hall.

In March 98 G .Gedvilaite released her first CD with music by Johannes Brahms. Since 1998 she has performed duos with famous Lithuanian violinist Vilhelmas Cepinskis. Every year they play a big tour in Lithuania, and they have also had concerts in Germany and the USA.

 

 

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