AUGUSTA JUSIONYTĖ is a founding member of New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NICO. Since 2006 she is in position of concertmaster and solo violin of this orchestra and major part of A. Jusionytė’s concert activity consists of performances with New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NICO) under the direction of composer Gediminas Gelgotas. NICO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) is a string ensemble that has developed a new concept of performing; the musicians play all compositions by heart and also integrate minimalistic body movements into their live performances, thus creating a unique concept, which could be called „visualized music”.. As a soloist and concertmaster she performed with NICO in Lithuania and abroad (Riga (Latvia), St. Petersburg, Moscow (Russia), Kiev (Ukraine), London (GB), Berlin, Hamburg (Germany), Sweden, Switzerland, New York, Los Angeles (USA).
A. Jusionyte was born in 1986 in Vilnius. In 2005 she graduated from the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School, violin class of teacher – expert B. Vasiliauskaitė – Šmidtienė. In 2011 she earned a master’s degree at the Lithuanian Academy of Music, LMTA (Professor Ingrida Armonaitė violin class). In 2008 studied at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg (Austria) with prof. Helmut Zehetmair. In 2012 -2013 she studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (Austria), with one of today’s most prominent violin professor Boris Kuschnir (postgraduate studies).
As a soloist Augusta Jusionytė has performed with Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NICO. With the Austrian Chamber Orchestra “Con Fuoco ” (artistic director and conductor Sviatoslav Borisov) she performed at Lithuanian “Christopher Summer Festival”, and concert series “Musik: Tage”, Graz (Austria). In 2012 she debuted at Graz Philharmonic, where young talents were introduced by one of the most famous Austrian violinist Lydia Baich.
In 2013, at 20th International Johannes Brahms Chamber Music Competition together with the pianist Eglė Andrejevaitė she received a special Special Jury Prize for the outstanding performance of contemporary composition (G. Gelgotas “Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean”).
Her performance of J.S. Bach’s “Chaconne” version for two violins (with violinist D .Simaška) this year was a huge success at Usedom Festival in Germany and at the 9th International Festival “Sacrum non Profanum” in Poland, as well as during concerts in New York Cinema Arts Center and Los Angeles.
Jusionytė also participated in the concert tour in Japan with the Baltic-Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (artistic director and conductor prof. S.Sondeckis). As a concertmaster she toured with The Baltic Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (2010 – 2011, artistic director and conductor Kristjan Järvi), Austrian – Lithuanian Youth Orchestra (2010, conductor prof. S. Sondeckis) and Lycka Festival Orchestra (2013).
Augusta Jusionytė puts special emphasis on the performance of chamber music. Together with pianist Eglė Andrejevaitė they has prepared an extensive repertoire of chamber music for violin and piano. As a duo performers consult with one of the most famous chamber music professors Chia Chou (University of Music and Performance Arts in Graz, Austria). They has performed in Austria and Lithuania.Duo performance with violinist Vilhelmas Čepinskis.
Since 2015 A. Jusionyte started collaboration with Swedish pianist Per Lundberg. Together they already have performed concerts in Oslo Music Academy (Norway), Lithuanian National Philharmonic (Lithuania), Lycka Chamber Music Festival (Sweden) where also they give together masterclass for chamber music students.
Since 2001 A. Jusionytė is the laureate of many international competitions. She was awarded 1st Prize at LMTA Competition held to commemorate 90th anniversary of violin professor Aleksandr Livont (Vilnius, 2010), 1st Prize at LMTA Rector’s Award Competition (Vilnius, 2011) and other competitions.
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