Lithuanians strike a chord in Edinburgh

By Mary Anson
August 22, 2011

If music is the food of faith and hope... play on. Evelina Puzaité, a concert pianist, originally from Lithuania, and oboe maestro Andrius Puskunigis, also Lithuanian, are travelling from London and France respectively this week, especially to perform their Scottish Premiere in Edinburgh.

The two top musicians have recently launched their CD Schumann, Music for Piano and Oboe in France. They will perform at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral on Friday 26th August 2011 at 7.30 pm – a Festival of Spirituality and Peace 2011 event.

Evelina Puzaité has won more than 15 piano competitions and gives regular recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. Her talent also lies in composition, art, photography and writing. Her book Tempo Primo, a collection of short stories and poetic insights, also featuring her own photography and art, will be available, as well as CDs.

Andrius Puskunigis graduated from the Music Conservatoire in Metz with the highest honours in 2005 and went on to specialise in orchestral oboe playing. He lives in France where he teaches the oboe and is currently principal oboist with the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra.

Evelina and Andrius will play pieces from their Schumann CD, interspersed with a variety of international musical greats – Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Rossini, Piazzolla, and Prokofiev.

Evelina says playing in Edinburgh is like performing in her home town, Vilnius and she is looking forward to her concerts in Edinburgh 2011 and later at New York's famous Carnegie Hall in Spring 2012. Andrius reckons Edinburgh is "a mystical city".

Both performers are convinced that music can play a significant role in awakening the human spirit and bringing a longing for harmony and peace in a troubled world. They are in Scotland for their art, they say, but also to reinforce the hopeful message of the Festival of Sprituality and Peace - which features 300 performances and 200 events over 15 venues, and includes some major artists as well as big speakers.

The concert takes place at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, on Friday 26 August 2011, at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 / £8 (children free) from the Hub: 0131 473 2000 or on the door.

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© Mary Anson is a freelance writer with knowledge and experience both in arts and culture and in science and society.

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