Lithuanian pianist Morta Grigaliūnaitė first came to public attention at the age of twelve when she performed at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius at Mstislav Rostropovich’s invitation. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the National Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher’s Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Georgian State Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast live in 40 countries through the classical music channel “Mezzo”, as well as “Radio Classique”, “Classical Planet” and Lithuanian National Radio and Television. Morta has given concerts with such distinguished artists as the renown violin pedagogue Zakhar Bron, former solo oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic Hansjörg Schellenberger and a founding member of the Alan Berg Quartet Valentin Erben. She has performed in various venues including the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St. John’s Smith Square, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, National Gallery in London, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Colston Hall in Bristol, Batumi Centre of Arts in Georgia, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall in Baku and others. Most recently, she gave her debut at the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal as a chamber musician during 2016/2017 season.
Morta started playing the piano at Pasvalys Music School and later joined the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2008, she entered the Purcell School of Music to study with William Fong. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, where she studied with Hamish Milne, Claudio Martinez Mehner and Dmitri Bashkirov. Morta has been awarded the Mstislav Rostropovich Help and Support Foundation, Michel Sogny Foundation “SOS Talents”, Fundación Albéniz and Yamaha Pianos scholarships, as well as numerous prizes in national and international competitions in Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic and United Kingdom.
João André Oliveira Paiva was bornon in 1993. He participated in Masterclasses with António Saiote, Victor Pereira, Nuno Silva, Bruno Graça, Iva Barbosa, João Moreira, José Eduardo Gomes, Ricardo Alves, Carlos Alves, Henrique Pérez Piquer, Vincent Alberola, João Pedro Santos, Juan Ferrer, Florent Héau, Henri Bok, Antonio Fraioli, Michel Arrignon, Pascal Moraguès, amongothers. He played as a soloist with the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho the piece Première Rhapsodie by Debussy, conducted by Pedro Neves. He won the 1st prize (ex-aequo) of the “IV Concurso paços premium 2010”, the 3rd prize (ex-aequo) in the “IV concurso naciona Terras de La-Sallete” and the 2nd prize in the “lº concursointernacional Terras de La-Sallete”. He won the 1st prize of the “International Clarinet Association – Young Artist Competition 2016” and the 1st prize of the VerãoClássico – Classical Summer 2018. He participated in the edition 70 in the Prague Spring Festival Competition. He is a member of the Orquestra de Clarinetes Príncipe das Astúrias, ARMAB (Associação Recreativa e Musical Amigos da Branca) and cooperates with the BSP (Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa). João Paiva was invited to perform at the opening concert of Clarinet Fest 2017, where soloists such as Eddie Daniels, Stanley Drucker and Michele Zukovsky performed. He studies at the moment at ESMAE with the teacher António Saiote where he is attending the Master’s degree in performance and the Master´s degree in Teaching.
Cellist FILIP TOMIĆ was born 1992 in Kragujevac. He started studying cello at the age of four at music school in Kragujevac. Primary and secondary education he finished in the class of Boza Saramandic. He graduated at elementary music school with eleven years and from high school in year 2007 with fifteen. Next two years he spent in Mocsow by attending Academic Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. From 2009 to 2012 he studied at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of professor Alexei Sleznyov. In October 2012 he continues studying at the College of music and dance in Cologne, where he is currently finishing Master studies.
From the first days of music education he showed above-average talent that successfully developed, thanks to the expertise and dedication of his professors. All results on competitions for young cellists are testifying to that. In addition to numerous awards in national competitions, he achieved outstanding results at international competitions in Kiev (Ukraine, the competition Polyanski), Licern (Austria), Porec (Croatia, the competition Janigro) Virapaloti (Hungary, the competition Popper), Belgrade (Serbia, the Jeunesses Musicales competition), Castelfranco (Italy, Canetti competition) and Trieste (Italy, the contest Ars Nova), where as the winner he performed with orchestra Alpe Adria. At competition American Protégé (New York, USA) in 2011 he won the first prize. He attended master classes with Ivan Kucer (Ukraine), David Gregoryn (Russia / Germany), David Tonha (Russia), Tilman Vika (Germany), Uzi Wiesel (Israel), Azier Polo (Spain), Ribicki Susan Varga (Switzerland), Meinhard Holer (Austria), Michal Dmohovsky (Poland / Spain) and Maria Kligel (Germany). He was called to participate in work of the Youth Music Camp „New names“(Suzdal, Russia), the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, International Chamber Music Camp Koluvio (Munich, Germany). As a scholar of the Spanish government he took part in the seminar of Spanish music in Santiago de Compostela. In addition to numerous concerts in Serbia and Russia, he has performed in Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Luxembourg, Prague, Brno, Munich, Ingolstadt, Kharkov, Plovdiv, Seoul, on festivals Days of Music (Herceg Novi), the Bar Chronicle (Bar), Accordion Fest (Cetinje), OKTOH (Kragujevac), Euromed Youth Music Expo (Limassol, Cyprus), Ars Longa (Belgrade).
He has performed as a soloist with the Opera Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and at world stages such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Herkules (Munich), Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac (Belgrade), Beethoven Hall (Bon), etc. As a chamber musician, he is collaborating with artists from Finland, Greece, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Korea. He is performing regularly at concerts in Serbia and abroad and collaborating with young composers playing premiers of their work.