This Friday, April 30, a long-awaited premiere is to be streamed on lrt.lt, the website of the Lithuanian public broadcaster, in the form of the concert that will feature the winning music of the Vox Juventutis Competition performed by the Jauna Muzika Choir. The show will crown the 14th contest which ended almost one year ago, but whose concluding performance had to be rescheduled several times due to the pandemic.
On 26 March 2021, during the live online broadcast, best pieces of music written by Lithuanian composers in 2020 were announced. The competition included five categories in which four composers were named winners, in addition to two other prizes, one for the best young composer and the other for the composition voted best by general public.
This spring Estonian Music Days will host the first Baltic Music Days in Tallinn and Tartu (22.04. – 02.05.2021). A festival dedicated to Baltic contemporary music was initiated by the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Composers' Unions. An umbrella organization the Baltic Contemporary Music Network was established in 2019 with an aim to jointly develop the international visibility of outstanding Baltic musicians and composers.
The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Musicologists’ Section of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union are happy to invite to the international conference “Typologies of Music Signification: Retrospective and Perspective” that will take place at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, on October 21–23, 2021.
Vox Juventutis, a fourteenth competition of choral music for young composers, has changed its format this year due to the quarantine in that the final concert, usually held in early June, has been postponed and the winners have been selected online rather than during a traditional live performance of the submitted pieces.
April 20 was the deadline in the online vote to select the best pieces of music written in 2019 by Lithuanian composers. Shrî by Egidija Medekšaitė came out as the listeners’ choice with 10,813 votes. A total of 87 compositions written by Lithuanian composers and representing different genres, from miniatures to large-scale and interdisciplinary pieces, had been submitted for the competition.
On 10–12 September 2020, the Department of Music History at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Lithuanian-Polish research project “Music of Change: Expression of Liberation in Polish and Lithuanian Music Before and After 1989” and the Musicological Section of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union organize the Baltic Musicological Conference 2020 “MUSIC AND CHANGE BEFORE AND AFTER 1990”.
Contemporary Music Festival IŠ ARTI launches ideas contest for new pieces of symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble. The aim of the contest is to expand the repertoire of symphony and chamber ensembles, to promote the evolution of professional music in different styles and ways. The best ideas will be selected within the competition, the works, created by the composers, will be performed during the International Contemporary Music Festival IŠ ARTI, on November 15-22, 2019 at Kaunas State Philharmonic (Lithuania).
On 20 November, an annual award ceremony to announce the most noteworthy Lithuanian pieces of music from 2017 took place at the Composers’ House in Vilnius. A total of 64 opuses, all of which premiered in 2017, were submitted for the competition to represent different genres of music. The most remarkable works were selected by a jury which included musicologists Beata Baublinskienė, Linas Paulauskis and Rima Povilionienė; composers Teisutis Makačinas and Mārtiņš Viļums; music performers Robertas Beinaris, Rūta Rikterė, Ingrida Rupaitė and Karolis Variakojis; and a musicologist and conductor Donatas Katkus.