Philip Glass is often described as one of the most influential American modern composers whose work has been associated with minimalism and influenced many artists across different genres from contemporary art music to rock and pop. Glass describes himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures” and as a “classicist”, pointing out he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied such composers as Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.
His series of twenty etudes for piano, composed during the years from 1991 to 2012, can be justly called the classic of the 21st century. Glass says he wrote the whole set of 20 etudes to expand, enhance and even challenge his own piano technique. Some of the etudes are too difficult for him to play even today. Incidentally, the composer played a selection of his etudes during his portrait concert held at the 2016 Gaida Festival in Vilnius.
The audience of the Music of Changes Festival will be introduced to the first set of ten etudes known as Book 1 in the performance of pianist Jurgis Karnavičius. He has taught piano Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre since 1981, where he was named professor in 2004 and served as Head of Piano Department from 2011 to 2020. In the 1980s he was among the first Lithuanian pianists to win prizes in prestigious international piano competitions including Schumann in Zwickau, Beethoven in Vienna and Young Keyboard Artists Association (Y.K.A.A.) in Oberlin, USA. Being particularly demanding of himself, Karnavičius is not frequently seen perform on stage. He takes his time maturing what he wants to present to the public and letting works to ripen until they can be performed to the fullest emotional effect.
The effect of Glass‘s music performed by Karnavičius will be further enhanced by adding video projections designed by Donatas Bielkauskas (aka Donis).
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