MUSIC Nairn brings some more international talent to the town’s Community and Arts Centre on Friday in award-winning young Lithuanian pianist Inga Liukaityte.
Her early start on the piano, which she began playing at the age of four, has paid off for the 22-year old, who has won international piano competitions in Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania, Greece and France.
Now a third-year scholarship student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she has already gained prestigious prizes for her playing while based in Glasgow.
In March of last year she won first prize in the prestigious Bamber Galloway piano competition at the Conservatoire, followed in November by a runner-up prize at the Beethoven Inter-collegiate Competition in the Austrian Cultural Forum in London.
Along with solo performance, Liukaityte enjoys playing in chamber ensembles and collaborating with singers, regularly accompanying singing classes.
In her first year at the Royal Conservatoire Liukaityte. won the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra audition for orchestral piano and participated in the Music Nation Concert for the Olympics in the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. She also played in Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow City Halls.
Her programme for Nairn is a mix of periods and styles, featuring Schumann’s Fantasie in C contrasting with the lightness of the dance movements of Bach’s Partita no 6.
Split between the two halves of the programme are five of the 20 movements from Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus with its birdsong themes and bell-like chords.
Inga Liukaityte appears at Nairn Community and Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Friday 27th June.
Tickets are £14 for Music Nairn members, £18 for non-members and £2 for students.