Ingrida Rupaitė Indrė Baikštytė Povilas Jacunskas
Indrė Baikštytė

Indrė Baikštytė comes from the family of famous musicians of Lithuania. Her grandfather was composer Eduardas Balsys, whereas her mother is pianist Dalia Balsytė. Since her very childhood the artist has been surrounded by musicians; thus, her chosen path of a pianist only served as a natural continuation of the family traditions. Indrė Baikštytė was born in Vilnius. In 1984-1993, she studied at Vilnius M. K. Čiurlionis Secondary Art School (current National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts) under teacher Nijolė Kereševičienė and then, in 1993-1997, in the class of Prof. Olga Šteinberg. After that, the pianist entered Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, where she studied under Prof. Olga Šteinberg and was granted the Bachelor’s Diploma in 2001. In 2003, Indrė Baikštytė acquired the Master’s Diploma in solo piano and accompaniment. In 2001-2002, thanks to the scholarship granted through the SOCRATES / ERASMUS programme, Indrė Baikštytė had the possibility to improve her skills at the Piano Department of Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany) in the class of Prof. Laszlo Simon. In 2005, the artist completed her studies at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and was qualified as an Art Licentiate (under lecturers Assoc. Prof. Irena Uss-Armonienė, Assoc. Prof. Dalia Balsytė, and Prof. Petras Geniušas).

 
Indrė Baikštytė participated in the following international solo piano competitions: the International Stasys Vainiūnas Piano and Chamber Ensemble Competition and the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey International Piano Competition and Festival in Canada in 1996 (was awarded the 2nd Prize at the latter); the International M. K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition and the George Enescu International Festival and Competition in Romania in 1999 (was awarded the 1st Prize at the latter).
Other significant achievements include: the 1st Prize at the Piano-Accompaniment Competition organised by the Lithuanian Academy of Music for the allocation of the award established by the Vytautas Landsbergis Foundation in 2000; the 2nd Prize at the First Swedish International Duo Competition in 2002 (together with violinist Rūta Lipinaitytė – Domino Duo); the 1st Prize in the Accompaniment Category at the Competition-Festival 21st Century Art in Vorzel (Ukraine) in 2004; and the 1st Prize and the Award of the Vytautas Landsbergis Foundation in the Professional Group at the International Piano-Accompaniment Competition in Vilnius in 2005.
In November 2006, Indrė Baikštytė performed as an accompanist for singer Raminta Vaicekauskaitė at the Beatričė Grincevičiūtė Chamber Singing Competition, where the singer was awarded the 1st Prize, whereas the pianist was granted the title of the Best Accompanist of the Competition.
 
The pianist has performed with the National Symphony (conductor Robertas Šervenikas), the Kaunas Symphony (conductor Modestas Pitrėnas), the National Chamber (conductor Prof. Saulius Sondeckis) Orchestras as well as with the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (conductor Donatas Katkus). Also, the performer has prepared numerous solo recital programmes and has participated in the master courses led by famous Lithuanian and foreign professors. Indrė Baikštytė gives concerts both in Lithuania and abroad (Poland, Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, France, Romania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Canada etc.).
Indrė Baikštytė cooperates as an accompanist, performs as a chamber musician, and participates in the recordings with numerous instrumentalists (piano trio FortVio, violinists Rūta Lipinaitytė Domino Duo, Martynas Švėgžda von Bekker, Ingrida Armonaitė, Aleksandras Štarkas; flutist Giedrius Gelgotas; cellist Povilas Jacunskas and etc.) and vocalists (Raminta Vaicekauskaitė, Asmik Grigorian, Kęstutis Alčiauskis, Ignas Misiūra-Tumanov and etc.).
 
During the summer semester of 2002 and the winter semester of 2002-2003, Indrė Baikštytė was invited to work as an accompanist-tutor in the class of Prof. Ankes Eggers of the Department of Singing of the Faculty of Performing Arts (Darstellende Kunst) at the Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin).
Currently, the pianist works as a pedagogue in the Departments of Accompaniment and Chamber Ensemble at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts; in 2007-2008, the musician became the Head of the Chamber Ensemble Department. Also, Indrė Baikštytė is a lecturer at the Department of Piano Accompaniment at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.