Biography

Lauryna began her piano studies at the age of 5, entering the M.K Ciurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius Lithuania, two years later, studying with Jurate Karosaite. She began to give public recitals at a very early age and by the time she was 15 had already accumulated many prizes and honours in various competitions including prestigious national awards from the Czech Republic and Lithuania. She graduated from the Vilnius Conservatoire in 1998 after having studied with Professor Birute Vainiunaite.

Since graduating she has given many recitals internationally as a piano soloist, as a chamber musician and as an accompanist. Some of her most memorable concerts would include the performing of Vainiunas’ Piano Concerto together with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Lithuania in 1991 (at the age of 15); in 1997 playing Schumann’s Piano Quintet Op.44 in E major with the Vilnius Quartet as part of the Young Talents of Lithuania season and in 1998 and performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B minor together with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Lithuania in the Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius (the last two of these performances were also broadcast on national radio).

Since completing her undergraduate studies she has attended many international piano masterclasses including: E. Bukojemska (Poland); Pi-Hsien Chen (Germany); H. Zahling (Germany); H. Scheker (Switzerland); D. Petrov (Russia); D. Merlet (France); D. Alexeev (Russia) and M. Tirimo (Greece).

Lauryna moved to Scotland in 1998 and won the Scholarship for Accompaniment from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) for two successive years (1998 and 1999). In 2000 she entered the RSAMD to study for her Master’s in Music Performance, from where she graduated in 2003 having studied with Fali Pavri. In 2001 she won the RSAMD Governor’s Recital Competition for Piano.

In addition to her interest in works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, she is also actively involved in introducing audiences to new works by composers from around the world including world and/or UK premieres from the following: Ennio Morricone (Italy), Yuri Kasparov (Russia), Eduardo Miranda (Brazil), Graciela Paraskevaidís (Uruguay), Senderovas (Lithuania) etc. The highpoint of this activity was her giving the UK’s first portrait concert of the music of Aldo Clementi (Italy) along with the flautist Roberto Fabbriciani during the 1st. Sonic Fusion Festival in Edinburgh in May 2006.

Lauryna is also actively involved in promoting Contemporary Baltic Piano Music and giving recitals through out Scotland, England and Lithuania.

Early in 2006 she became a founder member of the Research Ensemble, a new ensemble located within the Higher Education Music sector in Scotland, to foster and develop new repertoire, but also to work collaboratively on new research projects beyond the ‘normal’ boundaries of music.

Besides her deep interest in Contemporary repertoire she continues to perform works from the Classical and Romantic periods.

During December 2006 she went on a tour of Lithuania with the Vilnius Quartet performing Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

  • 2010 – Scriabin’s Piano Concerto with Strathclyde University Orchestra in Barony Hall, Glasgow.
  • 2011 – Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto Nr.2 with Glasgow Sinfonia at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow;
  • 2012, 2013 and 2014 Piano Duo concerts with Nicholas Ashton at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow; Peel Hall, Salford; Reid’s Hall, Edinburgh.
  • Since 2009 Lauryna has accompanied Nicola Benedetti on a number of promotional occasions.
  • In 2011 Lauryna moved to Manchester but continued working for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland till 2016.
  • In the same year she has started working for University of Salford as an accompanist and a piano teacher where she is working till this day.
  • In 2014 she became a Staff Pianist at Royal Northern College of Music as well as a piano teacher at RNCM Juniors.

 

Lauryna has also entered into the role of Musical Director for L.Bernstein Opera Candide at Edge Hill University in 2016 where she is currently appointed to an Associate Tutor.

Liverpool Hope University became a close connection where she has performed in 2014 together with Nicholas Ashton as a piano duo Re: Sono new works for two pianos by Liverpool Hope composers and students.

In 2016 Lauryna came back to perform at Liverpool Hope,Capstone Theatre as a soloist featuring Boulez,Kurtag,Debussy,Liszt as well as Liverpool Hope composers such as Stephen Pratt and Ian Percy’s new works for solo piano.

In May 2017 she is giving a workshop for students-composers at Liverpool Hope University on solo piano writing.

She is a frequent accompanist for BBC Philharmonic Orchestra auditions

In August 2016 Lauryna was appointed as an accompanist for the string summer school “Play On” with Nicola Benedetti at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).