One of the most outstanding Lithuanian pianists of her generation, Guoda Gedvilaitė enjoys an exciting and active career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher now spanning three decades. To mark her career anniversary in Lithuania, the pianist has prepared a retrospective programme, for which she provided the following description: “It will feature Beethoven’s Bagatelles from my study years in Vilnius and the Farewell Sonata, which I associate with the period when I left my home to pursue studies in Frankfurt. It will give vent to the sorrow of separation and the joy of returning and meeting with my family. And what’s more, I’m immensely pleased with my birthday gift that I received from composer Loreta Narvilaitė who recently wrote a new piece for me entitled The Sound Speaks to Silence. The work is written in the key of my initials (that is, in G) and begins with the folk tune Anoj pusėj Nemuno (On the other side of the Nemunas). Loreta told me that even though I was born and raised by the river Nemunas, now she sees me as living “on the other side.”
In her programme the pianist also included compositions by Clara Schumann, a talented and pioneering 19th century composer and pianist, whose work she has actively promoted for the past few years and presented in the series of concerts entitled “Salons of Clara Schumann.”
The programme will also reflect yet another of her multiple interests: Gedvilaitė will perform her own arrangements of works by the well-known Lithuanian and foreign composers. The concert will culminate with the performance of Piano Quintet in C major by Nikolai Medtner who was quite a solitary figure and one of the most significant Russian composers for the piano in the first half of the 20th century, yet is very rarely heard in the concert halls today.