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.
"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
"I thought his playing was superb, areal talent, worthy of immediate praise. The Sibelius Violin concerto sorts the men from the boys not only in technique, but also in generosity of spirit. I was reminded of the imperious playing of David oistrakh in hearing yhis very fine soloist in Sibelius. at 21, and with the delightfull personality, I predict great things for this young virtuoso."
Edward W.Clark , President, The United Kingdom Sibelius Society, Musical Journal , London
"...the technique... comes through so inspiringly developed, that it betrays an extraordinary talent. Czepinskis` playing is effective, but never oversteps the boundary of sensation-seeking" Frankfurter Rundshau
"Vilhelmas has an extraordinary talent and plays beautifully" Dorothy DeLay , Professor of Juilliard Music School
"… a talent of such magnitude with which Vilhelmas is gifted is a rarity, occurring perhaps once or twice in a century".
Juozas Domarkas , The Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic.