Pablo Casals International Award Winners’ Concert

May 7
1 h.

Start of the Event: 5 pm
Place of the event: Pranas Domšaitis Gallery
Johannes Gray (cello, USA)
Carla Conangla Oliveras (cello, Spain),
Jonė Punytė (piano)
Programme: Gaspar Cassadó, Enrique Granados, Claude Debussy, Pau Casals, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla


Gaspar Cassadó – Suite for solo cello: I. Prelude-Fantasia; III. Intermezzo e Danza Finale (Johannes)
Gaspar Cassadó – Serenade for cello and piano (Carla)
Gaspar Cassadó – Requiebros for cello and piano (Carla)
Enrique Granados – Spanish dances, Op. 37: No.º5 Andaluza (Carla)
Claude Debussy – Sonata in D minor for cello and piano (Johannes)
"El cant dels ocells" (The song of the birds, popular Catalan song arr. for two cellos by Pablo Casals)
Pablo Casals – Sant Martí del Canigó (Sardana) for two cellos
Isaac Albéniz – Tango, Op. 165 No.º2
Manuel de Falla – “Ritual Fire Dance” from the ballet El amor brujo (arr. for two cellos and piano)
Enrique Granados – Intermezzo from the opera Goyescas (arr. for two cellos and piano)
Manuel de Falla – Suite popular española: IV. Jota for cello and piano
Cellists Johannes Gray and Carla Conangla Oliveras have been awarded joint 1st prize of the 2018 Pablo Casals International Award for Young Cellists.
Born in Wilmette, Illinois (USA), Johannes Gray (b. 1997)began to play the cello with Hans Jensen and Gilda Barston at the Music Institute of Chicago. He has taken master classes with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, David Finckel and Ralph Kirshbaum and participated in festivals-summer academies, such as the Verbier Festival Academy, the Kronberg Academy and the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam. The cellist performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in France, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. He currently studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Prof. Jérôme Pernoo. He has previously won prizes at national competitions and performed as a soloist with regional orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Carla Conangla Oliveras was born in 1997 in Sant Kugat del Vallès near Barcelona. She and her twin sister, violinist Júlia, come from a family of musicians. They have been playing their whole life together and are experienced chamber musicians in other ensembles as well. Both sisters played in the Youth Orchestra of the City of Girona and The Cobla and Strings Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia. Carla is currently studying with cellist Gustav Rivinius at the Maastricht Conservatorium.

Jonė Punytė is the first prize-winner (together with soprano Wakako Nakaso) of the 2006 International Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in Graz. She has specialized in piano, chamber music, Lied and early music at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart and Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen. The pianist has appeared as accompanist at concerts and festivals in Lithuania, Germany and Italy. She currently teaches accompaniment at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.