Mindaugas was born in Tauragė, Lithuania, in 1989. He began his piano studies at the age of six with Nina Šeptun at Tauragė Music School. In 2005, he started his professional music studies in Klaipeda Stasys Šimkus Conservatory with Juratė Liutkienė.
After graduating from conservatory, Mindaugas continued studying in Vilnius at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Jurgis Karnavičius and Daumantas Kirilauskas.
During his bachelor studies, he received a Lithuanian state scholarship to study at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he embarked on a master's degree in 2011 with Aleksandra Juozapėnaitė-Eesmaa and Peep Lassmann. From 2013 to 2015, he completed another master's degree in accompaniment and chamber music with Helin Kapten.
From 2012 to 2014, he studied at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, with Liisa Pohjola and Eero Heinonen. In 2019 he completed his music pedagogy qualification at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
Mindaugas has been successful in many international competitions. In 2014, he gained a finalist diploma in the Estonian Pianists’ Competition in Tallinn.
In 2011, he was selected from 150 applicants to compete in the Aarhus International Piano Competition. He has twice taken part in the International “Music Without Limits” competition in Druskininkai, winning a prize on both occasions. He also won third place in the W. A. Mozart Piano competition in Klaipėda in 2007.
Mindaugas has performed in solo and chamber music concerts in France, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In 2014, he appeared as a solo pianist with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the orchestra of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Camerata Klaipėda, and Collegium Musicum Turku.
What’s more, Mindaugas has appeared in a number of festivals throughout his career, such as the Piano Pic Festival in France and the Chopiniana Festival in Estonia. From 2011 to 2012, he was the artistic director of the International Tallinn JazzOn Festival in Estonia, an open-air jazz festival that he co-founded.
Mindaugas takes pride in constantly honing his skills. He regularly participates in masterclasses with renowned professional pianists and distinguished professors, such as Denis Pascal, Dmitri Alexeev, Bernd Glemser, Graham Scott, and Avedis Kouyoumdjian.
During his career, Mindaugas has been awarded grants and scholarships by Tauragė City Mayor (2011), the Lithuanian State (2011-12), the European Structural Funds (2012-13), the Saulius Karosas Foundation (2012-14), and the Estonian Education and Science Ministry (2014-15).
CHAMBER MUSICIAN AND PIANO ACCOMPANIST
As an active chamber musician and lied pianist, Mindaugas enjoys performing with singers and instrumentalists at various concerts and events. He has gained an education in improvisation and accompaniment.
In addition to this, he is an experienced rehearsal pianist for choirs and has performed with the renowned Suomalainen Kamarikuoro. In 2016, he founded the piano-cello duo Duo Baltica with his colleague Johannes Teppo. He can be hired as a wedding pianist, cocktail pianist, and a versatile solo pianist for any occasion.
Mindaugas has lived in Finland for the past nine years. He currently offers piano lessons at the International School of Music, his private studio, and online. He’s also happy to teach students in their own homes.
As a multi-lingual, Helsinki-based piano teacher, Mindaugas offers piano lessons in four languages: Lithuanian, English, Finnish, and Russian. To date, he’s taught students from more than 30 countries.
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