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Povilas Jacunskas

Povilas Jacunkas was born in 1983, Vilnius. From 1988 to 2001, he studied in the cello class of teacher Arunas Palsauskas at National M. K. Ciurlionis School of Arts. From 2001 to 2004, the performer was engaged in cello studies under Prof. Silvija Sondeckiene at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Since the autumn of 2004, Povilas has been studying cello in the class of Assistant Edmundas Kulikauskas. In 2006, the cellist acquired his Bachelor’s Diploma and was granted his Master’s Diploma in 2008. Currently, Povilas continues his studies as an Art Licentiate in the cello class of Assistant Edmundas Kulikauskas.

 

In 1999, Povilas Jacunskas won the 2nd Prize at the National Jurgis Fledzinskas Young Performers Competition. In 2001, he became the winner of the 1st Prize at the National Raimundas Katilius Young Performers Competition as well as the winner of the 2nd Prize at the International Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer Cello Competition in Dresden (Germany). In 2004, the musician was granted the 1st Prize and the Special Award for the interpretation of the work by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Third International Karl Davidov Cello Competition. Also, Povilas Jacunskas is the laureate of the following national competitions of chamber music of young performers: in 1996, the 2nd Prize in the Category of String Trios; in 1997, the 1st Prize in the Category of String Quartets; and an absolute 1st Prize in the Category of Piano Trios in 2000. Together with the string quartet the performer was granted the 2nd Prize at the Chamber Music and String Quartet Competition-Audition, which was held at the National Academy of Music and Theatre in 2001. Together with pianist Kotryna Gedminaite the cellist became the winner of the 3rd Prize at the International Chamber Music (Duo Sonatas) Competition in Finland. 

 

Povilas Jacunskas has taken part in numerous master classes led by such well-known musicians as Prof. David Gering, the Academy of Music Hans Eisler Berlin; and Prof. Reinhard Latzko, the Basel Music Academy and University of Music in Vienna. In 2003, the performer had the possibility to participate in an open master class conducted by one of the most famous contemporary cellists Yo-Yo Ma. In the summer of 2003, Povilas took part in the master classes in Croatia led by Laszlo Mezo, one of the last students of legendary cellist Pablo Casals. Moreover, the musician participated in the master classes by Prof. Frans Helmerson (the Cologne Academy of Music) held in Holland. Finally, in 2006, Povilas took part in an open master class led by Eleonora Testelec, the professor at the Latvian Academy of Music.

 

Povilas Jacunskas has given concerts together with the Lithaunian Nacional Symphony Orchestra, Lithaniain State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Symphony Orchestra, M. K. Ciurlionis School of Arts Chamber Orchestra, and Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.

 

Since 2003, the cellist has been a member of the string quartet ART VIO. Together with the quartet the musician has been participating actively in concert life of Lithuania as well as abroad. In 2004, ART VIO took part at the International Chamber Music Competition in Kuhmo (Finland), and played in the concert in commemoration of Lithuanian-German composers and artists in Berlin (Germany) organized by famous German composer and conductor Kurt Dietmar Richter, where the quartet received great acclaim and a round of applause from the audience. For several years in succession, ART VIO participated in the master classes held in Reichenau (Austria) and led by world-known members of such famous string quartets as Amadeus, Artis, Bartok, Hagen, Janacek and Smetona. In 2003, the ensemble became the winner of the 2nd Prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius (Lithuania). In 2005, the string quartet Art Vio had the honour to give a solo representative concert in the Royal Palace of El Prado in Madrid during the visit of President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus in Spain. In 2007, the quartet released a compact disc with the music by Lithuanian composers. In November same year, ART VIO performed as successful representatives of Lithuania at the International Chamber Music Festival Harmos07.

 

As a soloist and a performer of chamber music Povilas Jacunskas has given concerts in Latvia, Poland, Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Austria, Portugal, Holland, Croatia, Russia, and the USA.