2016-2017 Professional Concert Series
Edvinas Minkstimas

Washington Conservatory of Music presents


EDVINAS MINKSTIMAS, piano

Dett, Joplin, Čiurlionis

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions


Lithuanian pianist and international prize winner, Edvinas Minkstimas has performed throughout Europe and North America in solo and chamber music recitals, and as a soloist with orchestras. The concert will feature early 20th century works from Lithuania and the United States including “In the Bottoms” by African American pianist and composer Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), a selection of rags by Scott Joplin (1863-1917), famed African American composer and pianist known as “the king of ragtime”, and Three Short Cycles by Lithuanian painter, writer and composer, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911.) Minkstimas, who studied composition at the Paris Conservatory and the Lithuanian Academy of Music, will also perform his own composition, “Dos Elnte Kind” (The Lonely Child) Variations, along with Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor.

Edvinas Minkstimas' professional debut was at the age of 14 with The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Vilnius), playing the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor. Minkstimas has released two recordings, featuring solo and orchestral performances of works by Brahms, Beethoven and Liszt. Recent highlights include performances at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as soloist with the Arlington Philharmonic, Amadeus Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, and in concert in Europe and South America. Minkstimas earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, the Artist Diploma from the Paris Conservatory and degrees from Lithuanian Academy of Music. He won the Belz-Parker Young Artist Award in Memphis, Tennessee, and in 2007, First Prize at the Fifth International Čiurlionis Piano Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has taken top honors at the First Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians (Moscow), the International Knezkova- Hussey Piano Competition (Canada) and European Piano Days (France), among other festivals and competitions. He is Chair of the Piano Faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music.

Program


The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other concert-goers to allow easy exit for restless children during the performances.

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