These virtuoso performers have come together after ten years to present their new programme and make a debut at the Klaipėda Concert Hall as flute and piano duo. Graduates of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Royal Academy of Music in London, flautist Justinas Mačys and pianist Mantautas Katinas, will perform a selection of well-known and much-awaited classical works. Ranging from the elegiac pieces by Balys Dvarionas to the effervescent strains of Georges Bizet’s music, rendered by the genius of Pablo Sarasate, and from the virtuoso rhapsodies by Franz Liszt to the dramatic opuses by Sergei Rachmaninov, this programme will revive beautiful memories and offer the blessing of an hour-long repose from the daily grind.
Justinas Mačys plays an active part in the Lithuanian classical music scene, performing as a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared with the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Youth Symphony Orchestra, Klaipėda and St. Christopher chamber orchestras, and the Musica Humana Ensemble. Concert itineraries have carried him to Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Latvia, Russia, Estonia and Poland.
Mantautas Katinas, who has been described by French pianist Anne Queffelec as combining “remarkable technique with a passionate temperament,” has delighted audiences not only as a soloist but also as a musician involved in innovative multidisciplinary projects, combining music with the visual arts, poetry, literature and theatre. In 2010, Katinas won first prize in the Île de France International Piano Competition and also received the special Philomuses Association prize. He has performed as a soloist with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the St Christopher Orchestra of Vilnius and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.