Biography

Lithuanian-born pianist Evelina Puzaite is an internationally recognised performer of natural sensitivity and strong charisma. She is in constant demand as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. Evelina regularly performs at the most prestigious venues including the Barbican, Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre. Evelina has won numerous prizes, including First Prize at the Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Tel-Hai International Piano Competition in Israel and many others. After unanimously winning the Abstract Securities Landor Competition, Evelina was awarded a long term recording contract with Landor Records.

Evelina appears regularly on television and radio in her native Lithuania and recently she appeared on BBC 3 Radio ‘In Tune’. Evelina has performed extensively throughout Europe, including Italy, France, Greece, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, as well as in Russia, Israel, and the USA. She has appeared with many prominent Orchestras and conductors including: Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/ Sondeckis, Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra/Antoni Wit/Alan Buribaev/Cyril Diederich, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth, GSMD Symphony Orchestra/David Angus, Guernsey Symphony Orchestra/ Stuart Startford, St. John‘s Chamber Orchestra/Nigel Wilkinson.

Evelina’s recital engagements have included performances at the Usedomer Music Festival in Germany, Festival di Londra in Italy, the first EPTA Festival in Cyprus, the Presteigne Festival in Wales, Edinburgh Festival, ‘Smart Concert Series’ Festival in Bulgaria (2012), Rudolfinum Hall in Prague (2013). She also performed at the opening concert of the Brighton Festival, YCAT/Landor Piano Festival at the Wigmore Hall and has collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet at the Vilnius Festival in Lithuania. In 2012 Evelina’s debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York) was called ‘memorable’ and her own sonata - ‘refreshing novelty’.

Evelina Puzaite is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award, which led to her recital debut at the Royal Festival Hall. Other prizes include career grants from the Myra Hess foundation, MBF Music Education, Harold Craxton Memorial Trust, Maisie Lewis, Hattori foundation and the Edenbridge Music & Arts Trust. Kirckman Concert Society presented Evelina’s solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall. She also became a winner of the Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, which provided her with numerous recitals and orchestral engagements in the UK.

Evelina’s exceptional musicality was first noticed at the Ciurlionis School of Arts in Jurate Karosaite’s class. In 2001, and she was awarded the prestigious Baltic State Scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Professor Joan Havill. Evelina received a Masters Degree of Music in Music Performance with Distinction in 2006, and two years later she was awarded an Artists Fellowship at the GSMD.

Evelina is a member of ‘Cosima Piano Quintet’, ‘BelVil Trio’ and ‘Piano Duo’. She also released an album of Robert Schumann's music in France with fellow Lithuanian oboe player - Andrius Puskunigis and recorded ‘Nocturnes’ for British composer’s Thomas Hyde album, which was released in 2012.

Evelina is closely involved in working with charities, helping to raise money for a good cause. She is also interested in taking part exciting projects involving mixing different styles of art. Her the most recent project was in September 2013 at the fashion weekend for Garage Magazine – collaboration with photographer/film maker George Harvey and ballet dancers Kristina Shapran and Sergey Polunin.

In addition to her piano career, Evelina Puzaite is an avid writer and composer. Her first book Tempo Primo – a collection of short stories and poetic insights – was published in November 2008. Evelina has been recognized at the Grodno Composers’ Competition, where she was awarded the Second Prize, and her compositions for piano have been published several times in Lithuania. In 2010 Evelina composed and performed music for a documentary Lieknas by internationally acclaimed Lithuanian director Rimantas Gruodis.

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