EMCY

Kasparas Mikužis

All prize winners
Grand Prix
2016
Date of birth 2001/03/24

Kasparas Mikužis, born in 2001, was introduced to the piano at the age of 6 when he began studying with Liudmila Kašėtienė at the Šilutė Arts School. Afterwards, he studied at the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius (Lithuania) and is now furthering his musical education at the Purcell School for young musicians in London (UK) with Justas Dvarionas.

With a growing passion for music and great talent, at the age of 9, he was recognised by the ‘SOS Talents’ founder Michel Sogny who decided to support him in his musical studies. It was at this age that Kasparas began performing in many countries across Europe.

Kasparas’ unique and prodigious piano playing was appreciated by the jury in 2013 when he won 1st prize in the international competition “Young musician Tallinn” in Estonia, where, in the finals, he played with Tallinn’s chamber orchestra. In 2015 Kasparas won 1st prize in the  PIANALE International Academy & Competition  in Fulda, Germany. He was awarded a concert in Fulda and the opportunity to record a CD with “KNS Classical”. In 2016, Kasparas won 1st prize in the international Volodymyr Krainev Piano Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine and Grand Prix in the 10th international Balys Dvarionas competition for young pianists and violinists in Vilnius, Lithuania. Kasparas has also participated in various masterclasses with great pianists, including Grigory Gruzman, William Fong, Pavel Nersessian, Mūza Rubackytė, Uta Weyand and others.

Since 2011, Kasparas has performed in the yearly Christmas concert held on the Champs Elysées in Paris. In 2012 he was given the opportunity to appear in a concert in Georgia, which was televised by Mezzo TV and watched by both the Lithuanian and Georgian Presidents. He has also performed in the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva on four occasions and at the EMMA World Summit of Nobel Prize Peace Laureates in Warsaw, Poland. In 2015 and 2017 he performed in the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, Holland. In 2018 he played in ‘Fazioli’ factory in Sacile, Italy. Kasparas has also appeared in concert halls in Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Italy, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Portugal, Serbia and in many towns of Lithuania.

In 2017 the Mstislav Rostropovich’s charity & support foundation ‘Pagalba Lietuvos Vaikams’ awarded Kasparas with their support and later in the year he received a letter of gratitude from the President of Lithuania for his role in representing Lithuania on international stage.

You can listen to Kasparas here.

If you are interested in working with Kasparas, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.

Repertoire

Solo

J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue WTC 1 No. 1 in C major (BWV846)
J. S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue WTC 1 No. 2 in C minor (BWV 871)
J. S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue WTC 1 No. 7 in E flat major (BWV 852)
J. S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue WTC 1 No. 21 in B flat major (BWV 866)
J. S. Bach, Italian Concerto in F major (BWV 971)
J. Haydn, Sonata in E-flat major, No.62, Hob.XVI/52
L. van Beethoven, Sonata in F major (Op. 10 No. 2)
L. van Beethoven, Sonata in B flat major (Op. 22)
J. Brahms, Rhapsodies in B minor, in G minor (Op. 79)
F. Chopin, Impromptu in A flat major (Op. 29)
F. Chopin, Etudes in C sharp minor (Op. 10/4), in G flat major (Op.10/5), in A flat major
(Op. 25/1), in G flat major (Op. 25/9),  in A minor (Op.25/11), in C minor (Op. 25/12)
F. Chopin, Barcarolle op.60
F. Lizst, Spanish Rhapsody S254
R. Schumann, Fantasiestucke op.12
S. Rachmaninoff, Etudes-tableaux op.33
P. Tchaikovsky/M. Pletnev, ‘The Nutcracker Suite’
I. Stravinsky,  3 Movements de Petrouchka
B. Dvarionas, Impromptu in E flat minor
B. Dvarionas, First Snowflakes, Down the Hill on a Sledge from Winter Skeches
E. Grieg, March of the Dwarfs in D minor (Op. 54/3)
N. Kapustin, Etude Finale (Op. 40/8)
A. Khachaturian, Toccata
G. Ligeti, Etude No. 4 Fanfares
F. Liszt, Grand Etude de Paganini in E major, No. 5
E. MacDowell, Witches Dance in B minor (Op. 17/2)
S. Rachmaninov, Musical moment in E minor (Op. 16/4)
S. Rachmaninov, Preludes in G minor, E flat major, G Sharp minor (Op. 23/5-6, Op. 32/12)

Chamber music

C. F. Abel, Sinfonie Concertante in B flat major No. 42
J. Brahms, Hungarian Dances No. 2,4,5,6  (piano duo 4 hands)
V. Gavrilin, Tarantella and Waltz Th. Lalliet, Terzetto for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano (Op. 22)
A. Arensky, Piano Trio in D minor No. 1 op.32
D. Shostakovich, Piano Trio in E minor No.2 op.67
I. Stravinsky, ‘The Rite of Spring’ (piano duo 4 hands)

With orchestra

W. A. Mozart, Concerto in C major No. 8 (KV 246)
S. Prokofiev, Piano Concerto no.3 in C major, op.26