Andrius Þlabys (piano,
2015 December 11,
PALACE OF THE GRAND DUKES OF
(Katedros sq. 4, Vilnius)
J.S. Bach Sonata E major for violin and harpsichord BWV 1016
L.V. Beethoven Op.12 No.3 Sonata Op.12 No.3 in E flat major for piano and
O. Messiaen Theme and variations
B. Bartok First Rhapsody
F. Schubert Fantasie for piano and violin in C major
Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic
collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in
1995. Through his work with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, Osvaldo Golijov,
David Byrne, Bela Fleck, Kayhan Kalhor, Suzanne Vega, James Levine, Mark
Morris, Alim Qasimov & Fargana Qasimova, Nigel Kennedy and Martin Hayes,
Gandelsman has been able to integrate a wide range of creative sensibilities
into his own point of view.
Combining his Classical training
with a desire to reach beyond the boundaries of the concert hall, and a
voracious interest in the music of our times, Johnny developed a unique
style amongst today's violinists, one that according to the Boston Globe,
possesses "a balletic lightness of touch and a sense of whimsy and
A passionate advocate for new music, Johnny has premiered dozens of works
written for Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble. Recently he premiered
works by Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Vijay Iyer, Bela Fleck,
Daniel Cords, Rubin Kodheli, Dana Lyn, Gabriel Kahane, Colin Jacobsen, Shara
Worden, John Zorn, Christina Courtin, Ethan Iverson, Padma Newsome, Gregory
Saunier, Evan Ziporyn, Bill Frisell and Nik Bartsch, as well as a violin
concerto by Gonzalo Grau, commissioned for Johnny by Community Music Works.
Johnny can be heard on recordings released by Deutsche Grammophone, Mercury
Classics, Sony Classical, World Village and Orange Mountain Music, among
Johnny was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. His father Yuri is a
professor of Viola at Michigan State University, his mother Janna is a
pianist, and his sister Natasha is a violinist as well. Johnny lives in
Brooklyn with his partner Amber and their kids: Julius Ivry and Raiya Leone.
Grammy-nominated pianist Andrius Þlabys has received international
acclaim for his appearances with many of the world’s leading orchestras,
including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland
Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony, and Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires.
He is a featured soloist in
"Between two Waves" by Victor Kissine for piano and string orchestra
released on ECM in 2013 in collaboration with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata
In 2012 Andrius Þlabys made his concerto debut at the Salzburg Festival
performing Mozart’s Concerto K.467 with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
conducted by Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla.
Andrius Þlabys—born in Lithuania and trained at the Curtis Institute of
Music—was 18 years old when the Chicago Tribune wrote: “Pianist-composer
Andrius Þlabys is one of the most gifted young keyboard artists to emerge in
years.” Þlabys was also heralded by The New York Sun in a review titled “A
Shining Hope of Pianists” after his recital at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York.
Þlabys’s artistry has received many other accolades from the press for his
performances of “easy virtuosity” (The Strad), “generous and all
encompassing“ sound (The Philadelphia Inquirer),“spell-binding
interpretation” (The Plain Dealer) and his “wealth of musical perception”
(The Greenville News). This international acclaim has followed his uniquely
honest approach to music, as described by The Philadelphia Inquirer: “The
beloved C-major chord... rippled off Þlabys' hands with such open-hearted
rightness that you couldn't escape the notion that the pianist was acting as
Mr. Þlabys’s concerts have included appearances on many of the world’s
leading stages, such as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw,
Carnegie Hall, Phillips Collection, Teatro Colón, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s
Musikverein and Suntory Hall. He has also appeared at numerous festivals
both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Menuhin, Salzburg, Lockenhaus and
Caramoor music festivals, and made his Carnegie Hall debut at the Isaac
Stern Auditorium with the New York Youth Symphony conducted by Misha Santora
in 2001 in a performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. He was also
invited the following season as soloist with Kremerata Baltica to perform
Benjamin Britten’s Young Apollo at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
Andrius Þlabys has enjoyed collaborations with several esteemed musicians,
including violist Yuri Bashmet, violinist Hilary Hahn, and an enduring
collaboration with violinist Gidon Kremer with whom Zlabys has toured
extensively in Europe, Japan, South America, and the U.S.
In 2003, Þlabys received a Grammy nomination for his recording of Enescu’s
Piano Quintet with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. A multifaceted
musician of wide-ranging repertoire, Andrius Þlabys holds a special
reverence for J. S. Bach, while remaining a strong advocate for the
contemporary stage with numerous works commissioned by and written for him.
He was a winner of 2000 Astral Artists National auditions.
Andrius Þlabys began piano studies at the age of six in his native Lithuania
with Laima Jakniuniene at the Ciurlionis Art School, and continued his
studies in the U.S. with Victoria Mushkatkol (Interlochen Arts Academy),
Seymour Lipkin (Curtis Institute of Music), Sergei Babayan (Cleveland
Institute of Music), and Claude Frank (Yale School of Music).
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