Music exists only in its delivery through interpreting musical notes: when an interpreter fully understands and feels the composer‘s world of thoughts, listeners experience an immense pleasure. This is exactly what happened to the audience at F.Chopin‘s Society Hall in F. Kennedy‘s House in Darmstadt: young Lithuanian pianist Šviesė Čepliauskaitė enchanted all with her mature and emotional playing.

Daniela Goebel

In Šviesė's performance we heard a livelier, human and therefore more attractive Chopin, not the sweetened poet or the spiritual martyr, as he is often presented to listeners… By cleverly combining and grouping waltzes Šviesė managed to keep equilibrium between the bravura and melancholy, between the salon taste and moderation. I would like to point out the pianist's impeccable technique, precise performance of tiny flourishes without drowning, however, in details, but by preserving the breath of phrases and the sense of the whole piece (form).

Jūratė Katinaitė

Šviesė Čepliauskaitė, an artist from Lithuania, demonstrated her full capacity as a pianist-virtuoso and impressed with a very beautiful sound… The culmination of the evening was Tarantella by F. Liszt, which due to an impeccable technique broke free dancing away from the piano.

Maciej Lukaszczyk

 

 

ŠVIESĖ ČEPLIAUSKAITĖ performed in all main concert halls in different towns of Lithuania, and toured with her concerts in Great Britain (1990), Russia (1993, 2005, 2006), Poland (1995-2013), Germany (1998), the Netherlands (1999, 2005, 2011), Belgium (2003, 2009, 2011), Japan (2003), Estonia (2003), Norway (2010), Belarus (2013, 2014).

The largest part of Šviesė‘s repertoire are pieces by composers – romanticists. She is especially taken by F.Chopin‘s works. She is the first piano player in Lithuania who recorded all his waltzes.

Invited by F. Chopin‘s Society , Šviesė played recitals in Germany (Darmstadt) , 1998) and Poland (Żelazowa Wola  , 2002, 2005 and Warszawa: Łazienki Królewskie , 2005, 2011, 2012, Powsin , 2007, 2010).

Š. Čepliauskaitė offers unique concert programmes that unveil creative links between F. Chopin and Lithuanian composers:

CHOPIN LT includes works by Lithuanian composers V. Bartulis , J. Tamulionis , T. Makačinas , L. Povilaitis , D. Raudonikytė-With , Z. Bružaitė  and F. Chopin‘s opuses that inspired the Lithuanian composers.

Neužmirštuolių mėlyną mėnesį / In the month of forget-me-nots (with actress J. Vilūnaite) – F. Chopin‘s Etudes op. 10 Nr. 1–12 and collection of poems Šopenas. Etiudai opus 10 by J. Vaičiūnaitė .

At Š. Čepliauskaitė‘s request, individual composers created works inspired by F. Chopin‘s music:

Fantaisie a la Frederic (2004) by Jonas Tamulionis  was first performed by Š. Čepliauskaitė at „Lato z Chopinem“  festival in Poland in 2004.and FCH2 (2010) – first performance in Osle, Norway 2010.

FCH (2007) by Dalia Raudonikytė-With  was first performed by Š. Čepliauskaitė at „Floralia muzyczne“  festival in Poland in 2007 and „FCH2“ (2010) – first performance in Osle, Norway 201

 

In December 2009 Š. Čepliauskaitė was invited  to be a member of the Honorary Committee of Chopin‘s Year Celebration in Lithuania 

14 March 2011 Šviesė Čepliauskaitė has received Polish Honor Award „Meritious for the Polish Culture“ (Odznaka honorowa
"Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej"  )
 

Academic background

1987              graduated (with certificate for high achievement) from Kaunas J.Naujalis secondary arts school (now J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium); piano class of I. Šakūraitė and R. Šerkšnytė.

1992              graduated studies (with diploma for high achievement) from Lithuanian Music Academy  (piano class of prof. . J. Karnavičius ).

1994              internship at  Lithuanian Music Academy

1994-1995      internship at F. Chopin Music Academy   in Warsaw, Poland (supervised by prof. B. Hesse-Bukowska ); with scholarship from the Commission of International Studies, Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science.

2000              post-graduation courses in arts at Lithuanian Music Academy Lithuanian Music Academy  (supervised by prof. J. Karnavičius ).International master courses:

1990              Lake district summer music international courses and festival http://www.ldsm.org.uk/ , class of prof. A. Queffélec and prof. A. Cohen in Ambleside, Great Britain;

1991              Internationaler Musikseminar, class of prof. B. Ringeissen in Weimar, Germany.

 

Concerts with orchestras

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra :

1990              W.A.Mozart - Concerto for piano and orchestra in C minor KV 491, conductor J.Domarkas (1990),

1998              E.Grieg - Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor op.16, conductor M.Pitrėnas

1999              F.Chopin – Variations “La ci darem la mano” in B flat major op.2 B-Dur, conductor M.Pitrėnas ;

2004              R.Schumann - Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor op. 54, conductor M.Pitrėnas

Tomsk Chamber Orchestra:

1996                            F.Chopin - Concerto for piano and orchestra in E minor op.11 in Poland

Kaunas Symphony Orchestra:

2007              F.Chopin – Variations “La ci darem la mano” in B flat major op.2 B-Dur, conductor M. Pitrėnas

 

International festivals

Abroad:

“Lake District Summer Music” , Ambleside, Great Britain, 1990

“Lato z Chopinem” , Busko-Zdrój, Poland, 1995-2013

“Chopin w barwach jesieni” , Antonin, Poland, 2002

“Floralia muzyczne” , Warszawa – Powsin, Poland, 2007, 2010

In Lithuania:

“Frenkelių rūmų festivalis” in Šiauliai, 2005

“Sugrįžimai”, 2006

“Druskininkų vasara su M. K. Čiurlioniu”, 2006, 2011

“Kunigaikščio M. Oginskio festivalis” in Plungė, 2006

“Palangos vasara”, 2008

“Muzikos ruduo”, 2008-2010

“Tytuvėnų vasaros festivalis”, 2009

„NAKTIGONĖS 2010“, 2010

Pearls of M. K. Oginskis‘ creation, 2012

AVANTI , 2014

Music projects

“Didysis muzikų paradas”, 2004, 2007

“Alma mater musicalis”, 2005

“Clinica musicalis”, 2006

“Tebūnie naktis”, 2007 - 2009

„F. Chopin‘s salon in the Vilnius Picture Gallery“, 2010

„Continents of Cz. Miłosz in the F. Chopin’s salon”, 2011

„Maironis‘ salon“, 2012

„Dialogue – word and colour“, 2012

Lithuanian – Belarusian project “Songs and poetry in palace”, 2014

 

Šviesė Čepliauskaitė created and performed chamber music and music-literary programmes in Lithuania and abroad (the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Poland):

chamber music programmes with:

Viktorija Zabrodaitė (flute), Vytas Sondeckis  (cello, Germany), Kristina Kuprytė  (kanklės), Dainius Puodžiukas (violin), Cristel de Meulder  (soprano, Belgium), Joana Gedmintaitė  (soprano), Algimantas Peseckas (violin), Tomas Ladiga  (bass), Chordos string quartet , Kaunas string quartet  , etc.

 

music – literary programmes:

„F.Chopin: Muzika ir laiškai“ / F.Chopin: music and letters (with actress Virginija Kochanskytė, in Lithuanian and Russian),

„Cz. Milosz: „Neaprėpiama žemė“ / Cz. Milosz: borderless land (with Virginija Kochanskytė (actress), Petras Venslovas  (actor), Rita Preikšaitė (mezzosoprano)), in Lithuanian),

„M. K. Oginskis: Tėvynei skiriu turtus, darbus ir gyvenimą“ / M. K. Oginskis: I devote my wealth, work and life to Homeland (with actress Virginija Kochanskytė and singer Giedrė Zeicaitė (soprano), in Lithuanian and Russian)

„Neužmirštuolių mėlyną mėnesį (J. Vaičiūnaitė)“ / In the month of forget-me-nots by J. Vaičiūnaitė (with actress Jūratė Vilūnaitė, in Lithuanian),

„...žvaigždės skeveldra žodyje (E. Mieželaitis)“ / ‘...a sliver of a star in a word’ by E. Mieželaitis (with actress Gražina Urbonaitė, in Lithuanian),

„Liūnės Sutemos pasaulis (...saulėlydžio pilnos akys)“ / The World of Liūnė Sutema /’...eyes full of sunset’ (with actress Gražina Urbonaitė).

„ROŽĖS“ / LES ROSES (with Birutė Mar  (actress) and Vladas Braziūnas  (poet and interpreter), in Lithuanian and French)

“Jaunoji Lietuva” / Young Lithuania (with Egidijus Stancikas (actor) and Mindaugas Zimkus  (tenor))

“Rūmų dainos ir poezija“ / Songs and poetry in palace (with Virginija Kochanskytė (actress), Petras Venslovas (actor) , Giedrė Zeicaitė (soprano)
and Liudas Mikalauskas  (bass).

Š. Čepliauskaitė also is often invited to give concerts at representations and receptions by embassies and consulates in Lithuania and abroad (Poland, Russia, the Netherlands).

In September 2006 Šviesė gave a concert in Vilnius to the presidents of Lithuania and Poland on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

 

Translated by Vilma Bačkiūtė