Gintaras Januševičius

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Gintaras Januševičius
2014 Hannover Mix, GOP Varieté-Theater Hannover, 227 Gintaras Januševicius, künstlerischer Leiter von Plathner's Eleven, studentische Kammermusikreihe und Musikvermittlung.jpg
Gintaras Januševičius in 2014
Born (1985-01-16) 16 January 1985 (age 36)
Years active1999 - present

Gintaras Januševičius (Born 16 January 1985) is a Lithuanian pianist, music educator, event producer, and philanthropist. He is renowned for his tender and original interpretations; particularly that of Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Beethoven, and Mussorgsky. His repertoire also includes numerous works of Lithuanian composers, partially dedicated to or premiered by him.

Biography[edit]

Education[edit]

Gintaras Januševičius was born in Moscow into the family of Lithuanian trumpeter Algirdas Januševičius and Tatar–Jewish composer Nailia Galiamova. The family left Moscow in 1987 and moved to Klaipėda, Lithuania. Gintaras began his musical training at the age of 4 at the Eduardas Balsys School of Arts in Klaipėda. In 1993 family decided to move to capital Vilnius, where his father was appointed the principal trumpeter at the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gintaras Rinkevičius. Januševičius then entered the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art.

He took his first piano lessons with Valentina Potejenko in Klaipėda. Later he was taught by Valė Kulikauskienė (1993–1998) and Jurgis Bialobžeskis (1998–2003) at the National M.K. Ciurlionis School or Arts in Vilnius. After graduating in 2003, Januševičius entered the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Drama to study with Bialobžeskis. In 2004 he moved to Hanover, Germany where his professor was Vladimir Krainev. After his death in 2011 Januševičius joined the piano class of professor Bernd Goetzke at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

Since 2001 he also had lessons with numerous famous pianists, most notably with Lazar Berman and his wife Valentina, Naum Shtarkman, Malcolm Bilson, Jurgis Karnavičius, among others.[1]

Notable recitals[edit]

Gintaras Januševičius made his orchestra debut at the age of 15, performing Capriccio Brillante of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra under direction of Vytautas Lukočius. Same month, he entered a Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire to perform Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Januševičius rose to fame in May 2004, after the performance at the semi-finals of the Montreal International Musical Competition. His interpretation of Études-Tableaux Op. 39 by Rachmaninoff was publicly praised by pianists Jean-Philippe Collard, Akiko Ebi, Michel Dalberto, Lee Kum-Sing, etc. Christophe Huss of Classics Today wrote in his article:

Gintaras Januševičius glides, like an albatross. His semi-final and final performances were rare revelations for me; they fall outside the scope of competition <...> because they are neither rankable nor quantifiable. All eyes were on Januševičius after the semi-finals, on which he had left his imprint as a kind of apparition from another place, notably with his performance of Rachmaninoff's Études-tableaux Opus 39. <...> We saw him shake up the rhythms, moving forward, straight as a pin, with the simplicity of the master and the vitality of the young man he is. Never is it used for effect, never does the left hand try to gain the upper hand.[2]

Up to the date, Januševičius has performed with over 30 orchestras, including Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Chişinău Symphony Orchestra, etc. and visiting famous halls, like Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Residenz Würzburg, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris etc. His solo recitals were organized in most towns of Lithuania, as well as New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, London, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Tallinn, Moscow, Warsaw, Chişinău, Hamamatsu and others. He participated in famous festivals, including The International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój,[3] Besançon International Music Festival, Braunschweig Classix, Mozart Festival Würzburg, Dresdner Musikfestspiele etc.

Since 2013 Januševičius' main focus shifted to narrative piano solo recitals. He started combining music, narration, programming, and theater elements in his performances. His most notable programmes up to date were "Dreamcatcher" (2014), "Complete Waltzes by Chopin" (2015), and "The New Colossus" (2019), celebrated by audiences and critics in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Zurich, and other cultural centers of the world.[4]

Repertoire[edit]

Gintaras Januševičius is a notable Rachmaninoff scholar, having performed his complete works for piano solo. Other of his most performed solo works include Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118 by Brahms, Dante Sonata by Liszt, "Waldstein" and "Moonlight" sonatas by Beethoven, complete Scherzi, Ballades, and Waltzes by Chopin, own arrangement of the Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin etc. He performed piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Ravel, Martinu etc. As an accomplished performer of the contemporary music he collaborates with composers like Jörg Widmann, Victoria Poleva, Ladislav Kupkovič, Nailia Galiamova, Derek Woods, and many others.[5]

Recordings[edit]

Januševičius' solo performances are never found on audio CDs, as he believes that without his narration and visuals, performances lose a great deal of their artistic uniqueness. Numerous live performances of his can be found on his own website[6] as well as the Youtube channel.[7]

His sole recorded CD up to date was "Window to Lithuania" alongside the violinist Dalia Dėdinskaitė and the cellist Gleb Pyšniak for the "Ars Lituanica" label. The recording consists of rarely performed for piano trio by Lithuanian composers Čiurlionis, Dvarionas, Šenderovas, among many others.[8] His performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky also appears on the Double CD "V Tarptautinio M. K. Čiurlionio konkurso laureatai" (2007) on the "LMIC" label.

Teaching[edit]

Since 2009 Januševičius taught open master classes in Japan, China, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Israel, Romania, Spain and Moldova. Since 2017 he serves as the artistic director and professor of piano at both "Feuerwerk" piano academy in Einbeck[9] and "Klaipėda Piano Masters" summer festival in Klaipėda.[10] He also mentors exceptionally talented pupils in his private piano studio in Hanover.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Januševičius lives in Hanover together with his wife Brigita, whom he married in August 2015. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic he created a series of window recitals for his neighbourhood that spanned for 55 days and presented a classical repertoire of over 13 combined hours.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lithuanian Music Performers Information Center". Musicperformers.lt. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  2. ^ Christophe Huss, The Albatross, 01 06 2004
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ https://www.7md.lt/muzika/2017-09-29/Gintaras-Janusevicius-Niekada-nesu-grojes-kurinio-kuriame-butu-tiek-dziaugsmo-ir-euforijos
  5. ^ "Lithuanian Music Performers Information Center". Musicperformers.lt. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  6. ^ https://www.janusevicius.com/video
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0f1dc3OftrRjezz8moJURw
  8. ^ https://www.delfi.lt/kultura/naujienos/startuoja-lietuviskos-klasikines-muzikos-projektas-langas-i-lietuva.d?id=68994596
  9. ^ http://www.klavierstadt.de/feuerwerk
  10. ^ http://www.kpm.lt
  11. ^ http://www.janusevicius.com/teaching
  12. ^ http://www.janusevicius.com/fensterkonzerte

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