Summer of piano music in Druskininkai

In 1965, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of M.K.Čiurlionis, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society initiated an annual event in the city of adolescent of the most internationally appreciated Lithuanian composer and artist. Held at the memorial M.K.Čiurlionis’ house in Druskininkai, these piano recitals honour the tradition established by Čiurlionis himself: when back home on holidays, the composer himself used to perform and improvise on piano in the evening, with family and friends all gathered outside, in the orchard, under the apple trees, listening to the music coming through the window.

Thus, it is only natural, that in forty years a tardition has developed to start and to end each piano recital with music of M.K.Čiurlionis. Also, these concerts present primarily the prize winners of the International M.K.Čiurlionis Piano Competition.

In 2006, Impetus Musicus has taken over the organization of this concert series.

One of the leading M.K.Čiurlionis’ scholars, Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, reflecting on Druskininkai and Čiurlionis summarized, that „it is difficult to invent a more natural cultural event than a festival of music in Druskininkai, that commemorates the name of M.K.Čiurlionis, and is lit up by he light of his Soul”.

In 2006, the pianists, performing on the series, included

  • prof. Birutė Vainiūnaitė
  • prof. Aldona Radvilaitė
  • prof. Halina Radvilaitė
  • prof. Jurgis Karnavičius
  • doc. Sergejus Okruško
  • doc. Aleksandra Žvirblytė
  • Andrius Vasiliauskas
  • Živilė Karkauskaitė
  • Rokas Zubovas
  • Best National M.K. Čiurlionis gymnasium graduates
  • Justas Šervenikas
  • Lina Galvydytė