Ingrida Rupaitė Indrė Baikštytė Povilas Jacunskas
Piano Trio FortVio

 

„Such ensemble is like a new theatre group gathered under the influence of mysterious laws of nature“. (Edmundas Gedgaudas, THE SEPTYNIOS MENO DIENOS )

 

 

The members of the piano trio FortVio have been playing together since 2006. The same year, the ensemble of the graduates of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre was granted the 1st prize at the 5th International Stasys Vainiunas Piano and Chamber Ensemble Competition (Vilnius, Lithuania).

 

In 2006 and 2007, the piano trio FortVio participated in the Internationale Sommerakademie Prague-Vienna-Budapest master classes (Reichenau, Austria). In the competition held during the master classes, the ensemble won the award for an outstanding performance of a “Viennese Classic” piece (2006) as well as a special prize for the best interpretation of a piece of chamber music (2006, 2007).

 

In September 2006, FortVio was granted the 3rd Prize at the 13th International Johannes Brahms Competition (Poertschach, Austria).

   

In 2008 FortVio, together with the Kaunas City Symphonic Orchestra, made a great debut at the Kaunas Philharmonic Society, where they performed the Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven (conductor Modestas Pitrenas). 

 

On November, 2008, the piano trio participated successfully at the 3rd S. I. Taneev International chamber ensemble competition, where they were granted the 2nd Prize as well as a Special Prize named after T. A. Gaidamovitch and the award from the governor of the Kaluga Region (Russia). 

Professor Dalia Balsytė assisted in the preparation of the ensemble for all competitions.

 

In 2009, the piano trio FortVio became the laureate of the Golden Disc award established by the Lithuanian Musician Union.

 

The trio FortVio stands out for its polished performance technique as well as expressive power and is also famous for its interpretations which are sometimes seasoned with a dash of humour. The repertoire of the ensemble consists of pieces from various epochs (from the era of Viennese Classic and the 19th c. European Romanticism to the 20th c. music and the works by Lithuanian composers) that are often blended into the programme of a single concert.

 

Recently, the most significant achievement of the piano trio FortVio has been the admission to the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). This is a prestigious organisation with partner institutions throughout Europe (Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy and, from last year, Lithuania). Within a two-year course, the ensembles selected during the audition have the possibility to participate at the ECMA sessions, which offer intensive practical as well as theoretical lectures, workshops, discussions and concerts. The Academy provides the ensembles with the possibility to take part in master classes given by the most famous chamber music performers and tutors as well as to participate in festivals, to make recordings and give concerts. Among the ECMA honorary members there are such distinguished musicians as Pierre Boulez, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Bruno Canino, David Geringas, Gidon Kremer, Oleg Maisenberg, Krzysztof Penderecki and Heinrich Schiff.

The piano trio FortVio has been an active ensemble at ECMA since 2012.