Rasa Vitkauskaite

Hailed for “artistry of poetic and observant sensitivity” (Gramophone), internationally acclaimed pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite released her debut solo CD Reflections on Ongaku Records in 2014, featuring works by Beethoven, Ravel, Guastavino and Liebermann. Fanfare Magazine highlighted the release on its cover, praising her “scintillating pianism” and dubbing her “a Beethoven interpreter of penetrating insight.” Last season featured Ms. Vitkauskaite’s debut recording as soloist with orchestra performing Liszt/Weber Polonaise brillante recorded at the Hungarian National Radio. Upcoming season features the release of her debut concerto CD featuring Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D Minor and Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 in C Minor with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, and a solo recital on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the Mendelssohn Cup Piano Competition in Italy, Rasa Vitkauskaite has won top prizes at numerous prestigious international piano competitions including First Prizes at Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes (Belgium), the competition in Taurisano (Italy), and the Rubinstein Piano Competition (Paris). Other awards include the Westmont Fellowship at the Montecito International Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California, and a Kathryn Wasserman Davis $10,000 grant supporting a concert tour of Israel. Ms. Vitkauskaite has also won top prizes at six national competitions in her native country of Lithuania.
Recent recital tours have taken Ms. Vitkauskaite to China, South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and across the United States. Her solo engagements include the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Sinfonia, Kaunas, Latvian and Kaliningrad Philharmonic orchestras, I Solisti di Perugia, and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. She has appeared at festivals in Assisi (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Mexico City, Caracas (Venezuela), Taiyuan (China), Porto (Portugal), and Moscow (Russia).
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Vitkauskaite performs regularly with world-renowned clarinetist Jonathan Cohler. MusicWeb International praised her as “a master” on the duo’s 2014 release of American Tribute (in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013), and as “a brilliant and sympathetic partner” on their 2013 release Romanza, featuring works by Schumann, Prokofiev and Guastavino. American Record Guide singled out her “subtle musicianship and exceptional skill” on Rhapsodie Française, the 2008 debut duo CD with Mr. Cohler. Ms. Vitkauskaite has also collaborated with Tchaikovsky gold medal violinist Ilya Kaler, world-renowned violinist, chamber musician and teacher James Buswell, University of Maryland professor violinist Irina Muresanu, cellist Julia Bruskin of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and long-time Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinetist Franklin Cohen among many others. In 2016, she co-founded Chamber Music Boston – a premier classical chamber music ensemble featuring exciting performances in intimate settings by world-class artists.
Ms. Vitkauskaite studied with Jurate Karosaite at the National M. K. Ciurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania, from which she graduated with honors. She then won a scholarship to study at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, where she studied with Alberto Miodini. Upon graduating, she was awarded the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma with highest grades in music. Subsequently, she completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at The Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Michael Lewin and won the H. Wilfred Churchill piano scholarship competition both in 2007 and 2008. She also completed a Graduate Performance Diploma under Randall Hodgkinson. In addition to her active performing career, Ms. Vitkauskaite is a dedicated teacher and adjudicator. She teaches a large number of students at the Concord Conservatory of Music, in her private studio, and as an Artist Teacher at the Cambridge Music Consortium, where she also offers lessons for Conservatory level pianists and college students. A frequent guest teacher, Ms. Vitkauskaite has recently given masterclasses, private lessons, and chamber music coachings at institutions and festivals around the globe such as Ohio University, University of Akron, National University of Rosario in Argentina, Carlos Gomes State Institute in Belém, Brazil, “Ciutat de Xàtiva” International Music Festival in Spain, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and New England Conservatory Preparatory School, just to name a few. She is also a member of the piano faculty at Youth & Muse International Summer Music Festival at the Boston Conservatory, and the recipient of a $5000 Fellowes Athenaeum Fund grant which allowed her to launch a piano program for inner-city children in Boston. Ms. Vitkauskaite is a highly sought-after adjudicator having most recently judged the Steinway Society Piano Competition, the University of Rhode Island Piano Competition, the Westfield State University Young Artist Piano Competition, and the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association Bay State Contest and Musical Achievement Evaluations, among others. Ms. Vitkauskaite is the long-serving, critically acclaimed pianist of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Meiningen Trio.

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