This double recitalwill bring together two very different virtuoso pianists who come from two different countries and distinct artistic backgrounds. However, both of them have been propelled to international stardom by their victories at prestigious piano competitions. We are proud to present the Lithuanian piano guru and the youngest professor of music in our country’s history, Petras Geniušas, and the upcoming Romanian-born pianist Daniel Ciobanu. One is a venerable professor whose teaching experience is especially appreciated by the students of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, master classes held around the world and his former pupil at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland whose impeccable technique and arresting performance style unlocks the doors of the most coveted concert halls. According to the New York Classical Review, “Ciobanu’s blinding technique alone made this an exciting experience, and his power, smooth and quick fingering, and precise delicacy supported deeply musical and expressive playing...”
Sharing his professional knowledge and interests with the next generation of pianists seems as natural for Geniušas as stepping outside his comfort zone and fearlessly venturing into new forms of expression, extraordinary musical and spiritual experiences. Having mastered an extensive repertoire of classical, romantic and contemporary works, he frequently appears in recitals and concerts with recognised masters and exceptionally talented young performers.
“Daniel Ciobanu is the most celebrated among my former pupils,” says Geniušas. “We have played together at the festival, which he organises in his native town in Romania. In this programme we wanted to include something extremely demanding and thus picked Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé, arranged for two pianos. Another piece by Ravel, La Valse, was picked because both of us have performed its version for solo piano, and now we will play the same work as a duo.”
In the first half of the concert Geniušas alone will demonstrate his refined musical taste, wide-ranging interests and remarkable sensitivity to sound by performing piano works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Philip Glass and Samuel Barber. After this double piano recital, you will certainly leave wanting for more!
Once we have sung all the eight notes of the March scale, there will be only a few days left until the celebration of the Klaipėda Concert Hall’s 15th birthday! Looking forward to meeting you there!