Music exists only in its delivery through interpreting musical notes: when an interpreter fully understands and feels the composers world of thoughts, listeners experience an immense pleasure. This is exactly what happened to the audience at F.Chopins Society Hall in F. Kennedys House in Darmstadt: young Lithuanian pianist Šviesė Čepliauskaitė enchanted all with her mature and emotional playing.
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).
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.
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 Šviesės repertoire are pieces by composers romanticists. She is especially taken by F.Chopins works. She is the first piano player in Lithuania who recorded all his waltzes.
Invited by F. Chopins 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. Chopins opuses that inspired the Lithuanian composers.
Neužmirštuolių mėlyną mėnesį / In the month of forget-me-nots (with actress J. Vilūnaite) F. Chopins Etudes op. 10 Nr. 112 and collection of poems Šopenas. Etiudai opus 10 by J. Vaičiūnaitė .
At Š. Čepliauskaitės request, individual composers created works inspired by F. Chopins music:
In December 2009 Š. Čepliauskaitė was invited to be a member of the Honorary Committee of Chopins Year Celebration in Lithuania
14 March 2011 Šviesė Čepliauskaitė has received Polish Honor
Award Meritious for the Polish Culture (Odznaka
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.
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.
1991 Internationaler Musikseminar, class of prof. B. Ringeissen in Weimar, Germany.
Concerts with orchestras
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
Lake District Summer Music , Ambleside, Great Britain, 1990
Lato z Chopinem , Busko-Zdrój, Poland, 1995-2013
Frenkelių rūmų festivalis in Šiauliai, 2005
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
Didysis muzikų paradas, 2004, 2007
Alma mater musicalis, 2005
Clinica musicalis, 2006
Tebūnie naktis, 2007 - 2009
F. Chopins salon in the Vilnius Picture Gallery, 2010
Continents of Cz. Miłosz in the F. Chopins 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).
Jaunoji Lietuva / Young Lithuania (with Egidijus Stancikas (actor) and Mindaugas Zimkus (tenor))
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