NICO opened their XIIIth concert season at the prestigious Usedom Music Festival in Germany.The performance attracted at one of the most beautiful Baltic resorts attracted not just a large audience but also important guests, including German and Polish politicians, journalists, musicians and artists.
Lithuanian newspaper Lrytas.lt in a special report from the Usedom Music Festival wrote: “The new Vilnius based ensemble programme Naturbilder (Natural Scenery) did not leave a single person unmoved, while the modern arrangements of A. Vivald’s Four Seasons (by Max Richter) incandesced the hall.” “The fact that the NIKO founder and composer’s path is successful is evidenced by the unbelievable popularity of this ensemble. An independent ensemble is run and supported from its activities alone. NICO performed fifteen tours this year so far performing G. Gelgotas’ music.”
“The fact that we perform our repertoire and knowing that we are invited exactly for it is a great achievement for us. We are gradually receiving more and more invitations, and the activity is increasingly intense. We learned how to quickly adapt our programming for different spaces. <…> We always strive to fit the time and place. Our lives are definetly more interesting than ever” – G. Gelgotas shared.
G. Gelgotas and NICO were pleased to have their continuous stage partner, co-principal cellist of the Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Vytautas Sondeckis join them for the occasion. He shared that “to play with NICO is like to ski on a dangerous mountain slope. They feel each other perfectly – one cannot make mistakes when they join such team. It feels like I have been playing with them all my life. This music is immortal, I was longing for it. Gediminas is a genius composer!”
Meanwhile, Gediminas Gelgotas’ composition Mountains. Waters. (Freedom) was performed by Kristjan Järvi and Baltic Sea Philharmonic at the 25th anniversary opening ceremony of the prestigious German Music Festival, which was attended by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.