Lithuanian artists are bright personalities, expressive artists, professional musicians, and recognised directors. Every time they pleasantly surprise with their creations, performances and projects, and build a distinctive touch of Lithuanian artists, thus receiving recognition and being known all over the world. So when you come to Lithuania, do not miss the opportunity to learn about the Lithuanian theatre and music creators.
Lithuanian theatre recognition
The theatre art is one of the most important parts of the Lithuanian culture. Lithuania has more than 20 theatres, which for the most part are drama theatres. However, you can also find dance, puppet shows, and music performances. Most of the country's theatres travel to tours, so are widely known around the world. Lithuanian film directors are popular on the stages of Italian theatres and opera scenes, in Northern Europe and Russia, and in famous Avignon and Edinburgh theatre festivals.
Most famous Lithuanian directors
Theatres in the country have many of talented directors and actors. Some are well-known and highly welcome in the world. Eimuntas Nekrosius, a virtuoso of plays, philosophical and visual expressions, for several years now is being called the best European director. Avant-garde director of the theatre scene Oskaras Korsunovas with his performances have been awarded in almost all major world theatre festivals. Excellent directing master is Rimas Tuminas, whose performances have been admired by audiences of many countries. Interesting are the performances of the virtuoso and especially musical personality Jonas Vaitkus, and stage performances of the master of feeling and thought mise-en-scenes Gytis Padegimas.
Lithuania – a land of music
Since ancient times music is an integral part of the Lithuanian life. The old folk songs, sutartinės were accompanying rural people in field work, while famous Lithuanian composers enlightened the country's cultural life, and the current popular music artists become increasingly recognised all over the world.
Lithuania is famous for the abundance of festivals and their diversity. Classical music and jazz festivals attract world-class artists and celebrities, classic masters and virtuosos of jazz, and avant-garde stars. International folklore festival create a fun buzz for the ethnic culture fans, and the unique song festival that takes place every four years attracts people from across the world. Especially popular festivals are in summer – almost every weekend of the summer season you will find events of pop, alternative music, rock and blues nights, and sung poetry.
Talented performers of Lithuania
For some time now the world's most famous opera theatres and concert halls are filled by the voice of our opera star Violeta Urmana, Muza Rubackyte and Petras Geniusas delighting their fans worldwide with monumental piano melodies, Vilhelmas Cepinskis is masterfully playing a violin, while jazzman Petras Vysniauskas surprises everyone with his incredible improvisations. Many talented performers from Lithuania reap laurels in international competitions, performing not only the most beautiful classic pieces of music, but also creations of Lithuanian composers.
Most famous Lithuanian composers
Certainly, the most famous gem among the Lithuanian composers and artists of all ranks is Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis. His best-known musical list includes the symphonic poems In The Forest and The Sea. Lithuania is also proud of Balys Dvarionas, Juozas Naujalis, Juozas Tallat Kelpsa, and the contemporary composer Giedrius Kuprevicius.