M. K. Čiurlionis symphonic music – “Definitely worth a discovery”

“Definitely worth a discovery” – Pizzicato.

In his short life, Lithuanian artist and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875-1911) achieved great things in both painting and music. He saw himself as a synesthete, and his paintings often have musical names such as sonata, symphony or fugue.

In his short career of only ten years, he composed almost four hundred musical works, including two large-format tone poems, an overture (the only orchestral works to survive), piano sonatas, chamber and vocal music. Most of his compositions are lost. He also created about four hundred paintings and etchings as well as several literary works and poems. Due to depression he was admitted to a psychiatric clinic in 1911, where he died of pneumonia.

The program begins with Kestutis‘ expressive, opulently orchestrated overture, followed by In the Forest and The Sea, two tone poems, which are accompanied by paintings of the same name by Ciurlionis.

Both works stand out for their richness of colour and can be attributed to Symbolism, i.e. the results of a sensual experience that develops in a mystical way, independently of reality. Both works adopt the atmospheric and coloristic instincts of Ciurlionis and are highly original.

They are played by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra in an atmospheric and expressive way and are definitely worth a discovery.

Swedish publication Kulturdelen gave the recording a 5-star review. The author finds Ciurlionis’ orchestral music similar to Karlowicz, Richard Strauss and Sibelius.

It was also picked up as “Editor’s Choice” from Presto Classical (world’s biggest classical music record store).

”Atmospheric depictions of landscape here rival those of Sibelius and Mahler for imaginative orchestration”.

I have my colleague David (our resident enthusiast for all things Baltic) to thank for alerting me to the genius of this Lithuanian composer, whose atmospheric depictions of landscape here rival those of Sibelius and Mahler for imaginative orchestration; there are whispers of the latter’s First Symphony and Wagner’s Götterdämmerung in his evocation of dawn, and the turbulent sea-scape of the final work seems to look forward to Britten’s –Peter Grimes.


Well-known Flemish journalist Kurt van Eeghem talks about writing new book dedicated to M. K. Čiurlionis

A dear friend of Lithuania, well-known Flemish journalist, culture specialist and author of the book “Lithuania: a travel to unknown” Kurt van Eeghem shares some of the moments of his quarantine life while writing a new book about Lithuanian composer and artist M. K. Čiurlionis!

Take a look:

Originaly posted by Lithuanian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourgs


NEW APP “Čiurlionis in Vilnius”

We invite you to discover the places of Vilnius where the great Lithuanian genius M. K. Čiurlionis lived, visited and created through the new app called “Čiurlionis in Vilnius”. Lithuanian artist and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911) is a unique figure in the history of European art and has made a profound effect on Lithuanian culture.

The app aims to present the life and work of the artist as closely as possible. It contains a detailed retrospective of Čiurlionis paintings, complemented with sketches, graphic art, photography, literary works and musical manuscripts that are preserved in the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art and are lesser known to the public. You can also get acquainted to the excerpts of the artists letters, biographical narrative, genealogy, maps of places he visited and exhibited, story of the Čiurlionis museum itself, information about artist’s relatives, friends and teachers.

The app “Čiurlionis in Vilnius” is a fascinating opportunity to personally get acquainted with Vilnius of the beginning of the 20th century throught the eyes of Čiurlionis.

Download now and start your journey with Čiurlionis today.
„Google Play“ / „App Store“.


Kugoni Trio Concert in Vilnius Art Gallery

The members of the Kugoni Trio are Bert Koch (piano), Nicolas Dupont (violin) and Kurt Bertels (saxophone). This unique combination of instruments, combined with the players’ energetic performances and their passionate search for new repertoire, has made the ensemble a particularly welcome guest on Belgian and international concert platforms since the ensemble was founded in 2010.

Concert data: Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 19.00

Concert will be held in Lietuvos dailės muziejus ,Vilnius Art Gallery (Didžioji str. 4)

Entrance is FREE.


Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911)
Two Pieces – I. Andante Sostenuto, II. Agitato

Zita Bružaitė (1966)
Elegija (arr. for the Kugoni Trio, 2019)

Jan Van Damme (1965)
Sonate à la mémoire d’Henri Dutilleux – II. Tangible (2016) (dedicated to the Kugoni Trio)

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas – Otoño Porteño (arr. Kugoni Trio)

Piet Jozef Swerts (1960)
Retro (2019) (dedicated to the Kugoni Trio)

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Five pieces for two violins and piano (arr. Kugoni Trio)

Jeroen D’hoe (1968)
Prayer (2018) (dedicated to the Kugoni trio)

Jan Van Landeghem (1954)
Ling Yow Chee Chee Chee (2016) – III. Verbosonia (dedicated to the Kugoni Trio)


Baltic Heartbeat. Music from Lithuania presented in Vermont, USA

Burlington Choral Society presents a musical program dedicated to Lithuania called “Baltic Heatbeat” – traditional, contemporary and sacred works from a country rich in song. On November 23 the chorus presents its third sonic trip to the Baltics and will sing a Lithuanian program, which also includes De Profundis by M. K. Ciurlionis.

The BCS has performed many of the greatest works of the choral repertory, including oratorios, masses and requiems of major classical composers, as well as less familiar works such as Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Honegger’s King David, Britten’s St. Nicolas Cantata, and Handel’sSolomon. In 2015, we presented a program of Estonian music, and in spring 2018 a program of Latvian music, both concerts with song festival favorites and classical works.

More information about this concert HERE.


Commemoration of M. K. Ciurlionis’ 144th Birthday in Moscow

September 27, 6 pm The 144th birthday of the Lithuanian composer and artist will be commemorated at the Moscow Foreign Literature Library, in the Atrium, where the bust of M. K. Ciurlionis is located.

During the evening, the musicians of the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra will perform the 1901 quartet of M. K. Čiurlionis.

Furthermore, there will also be an opportunity to see an exhibition of photographs taken by the artist in Anapa.

M. K. Čiurlionis House is the partner of this project. More information about this event you can read HERE.

M. K. Čiurlionis The diptych PRELUDE. FUGUE will be presented in Fundacio Joan Miró in Barselona

This year on October 26 The diptych PRELUDE. FUGUE by M. K. Čiurlionis  will be presented in exhibition „The Sound Art?“.

The Sound Art? exhibition offers a critical interrogation of this category in art and presents an overview of the sonorisation of the art object from the late nineteenth century until today.

The show examines how, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many visual artists worked references to sound and music into their pieces using a variety of strategies. In turn, it also addresses the influence of visual arts on contemporary musical practices, and considers how several composers and visual artists turned the music score into a space for experimentation and performativity. In addition, the exhibition explores the sound experience aimed at the body as a whole and delves into the conceptual aspects of silence. Last of all, it invites the visitor to question the validity of the term sound art through a selection of works produced over the past ten years by artists from several generations and disciplines.

Dates 26/10/2019 — 23/02/2020

Read more about exhibition HERE.


M. K. Čiurlionis Triptych THE PRINCE’S JOURNEY presented in Spain

M. K. Čiurlionis, 1907, Triptych The Prince’s Journey

Triptych “The King’s Journey” by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis is currently presented in exhibition “Blue, the color of Modernism” in Spain.

“Blue, the color of Modernism” delves into the spirit of an era marked by the presence of blue and its connotations. It is a period, that of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in which an aesthetic poetization based on the relationship between landscapes, natural phenomena and moods is constituted. This correspondence between nature and the self is part of the project of modernity, travels through symbolism and sees the birth of the cinematographer.

This exhibition first were held in CaixaForum – Sevilla from May 3 to August 25, 2019 and now it will move to Zaragoza and opens on September 26.

Exhibition organized by “la Caixa” with the collaboration of the National Museum of Art of Catalonia and of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève.

More information about this exhibition HERE.


The International M.K. Čiurlionis Music Festival in Palanga – from Čiurlionis to improvisations

The International M.K. Čiurlionis Music Festival was held on July 3–13 in Palanga.

PI “Klasika LT”, the organiser of the Festival, presented renowned performers from Denmark, Spain, Italy and Lithuania including pianists Eloisa Cascio, Sofya Gulyak, Petras Geniušas and Paulius Andersson, flutist Fernando Raña Barreiro, “Art Vio” String Quartet, tenor Mindaugas Jankauskas and soprano Vilija Kuprevičienė, cellist Alexander Ramm with pianist Darius Mažintas, young talents accompanied by the NationalM.K.Čiurlionis Art School orchestra led by Mantas Juozas Jauniškis, etc.

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The 17th International Art Festival “Druskininkai Summer with M. K. Čiurlionis”, organised by the Foundation for Lithuanian Musicians in collaboration with Druskininkai and Varėna municipalities, has travelled Čiurlionis’ trails from Varėna and Druskininkai since 2014. From now, it also joins the creative program of the “M. K. Čiurlionis National Cultural Route”.

The organisers of this musical journey, lasting three months, will offer over 50 events involving more than 200 performers of various genres from Lithuania, Italy, Israel, Denmark, France, Switzerland and Germany.

The music connoisseurs will be treated to the appearances of two orchestras, 5 ensembles, 21 vocalist, 16 organ music masters, 20 instrumentalists, and actors. In addition, the Festival will encompass Čiurlionis study week, violin music fest, violin master classes and conference “Promotion Practice of M. K. Čiurlionis’ Output in Lithuania and Abroad”, where researchers and nurturers of Čiurlionis output – musicologists, art experts, museologists as well as pedagogues of music and art – will share their insights.

The Festival will be held on June 6 – September 22 (Čiurlionis’ birthday) in Druskininkai and Varėna, in the region of Dzūkija.

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Sistema ir dizainas: Jonas Lekevičius