The closing concert of the festival promises a truly memorable evening of musical delicacies. The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra will appear under its artistic director and chief conductor Modestas Pitrėnas. He is one of the leading Lithuanian conductors, the recipient of Lithuanian National Prize for Arts and Culture and Baltic Assembly Prize. Together with the soloists the LNSO will perform two large-scale concertos.
The programme will include Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, featuring Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan as a soloist. He rose to prominence after winning the gold medal for cello at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011. Hakhnazaryan has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Ton Koopman, where he stood in for Yo-Yo Ma, and with St. Luke's Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, La Scala, NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia.
The concert will open with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, piano, cello and orchestra. This monumental work, lasting for about forty minutes, was conceived as a competition between the three soloists, demanding utmost proficiency and mastery. The cello part is perhaps the most complicated, studded with virtuosic displays and towering above the other two soloists. The solo parts are entrusted to the unique trio of distinguished musicians who have been the ambassadors of Lithuanian culture in the world for several decades: violinist Vilhelmas Čepinskis, pianist Petras Geniušas and cellist Vytautas Sondeckis. All three members of the self-styled “Lithuanian Trio” are very distinctive musical personalities who nonetheless have some things in common: namely, the love for music and their native country, extensive international collaborations, and commitment to their art.