Lukas Geniušas who will appear in the programme presented by the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting and distinctive artists of his generation. His rise to international stardom began after winning Silver Medal at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and at the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Now his tour routes extend from Paris to Tokyo and from Montevideo to Toronto, with 60‒70 performances each year. Turning thirty this summer, he has been characterized by The Guardian’s reviewer as playing “with a prizewinner’s brilliance, yet with a mature ability to recreate a work’s architecture, and an expressiveness that doesn’t overtly draw attention to itself.” Thus it is not only his remarkable virtuosity that fascinates his audiences, but also innate curiosity and extensive musical interests – an enviable combination of fortitude, sensitivity and intellect.
Together with the LSSO, Geniušas will perform Sergei Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto. It is not only considered to be the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical piano repertoire, but also the composer’s favourite of his own four piano concertos.
In the second half of the concert, the LSSO will perform the Fourth Symphony by Dmitry Shostakovich. The composer saw his symphony as a kind of an antidote to the Soviet regime. Towards the end of his life Shostakovich reminisced: “The authorities tried everything they knew to get me to repent, and expiate my sin. But I refused. I was young then, and had my physical strength. Instead of repenting I composed my Fourth Symphony.”
The programme, entitled as “The Feast of Orchestral Music,” will be conducted by Gintaras Rinkevičius, the founder and Chief Conductor of the LSSO and the recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts.