“Nothing scares the brilliant Morta Grigaliūnaitė.” – Diapason Magazine
With performances broadcast live in 40 countries through the classical music channel Mezzo, Lithuanian pianist Morta Grigaliūnaitė has established herself as an active soloist and chamber musician. Since the release of her debut album in 2019, she continues to receive outstanding reviews for her interpretation of piano works by Grażyna Bacewicz. Described by critics as “powerful and dramatic”, her recordings have been featured on BBC Radio 3, as well as received fire-star reviews on Fanfare and Diapason magazines.
Morta first came to public attention in 2005, when she performed at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius at Mstislav Rostropovich’s invitation. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the National Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher’s Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Georgian State Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra. The Lithuanian pianist has performed in various venues including Berliner Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St. John’s Smith Square, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, National Gallery in London, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Batumi Centre of Arts in Georgia, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall in Baku and others. She has collaborated with such distin- guished artists as the renowned violin pedagogue Zakhar Bron, former solo oboist of the Berlin Philharmon- ic Hansjörg Schellenberger and Valentin Erben, a founding member of the Alan Berg Quartet.
Morta had her first piano lesson with Lolita Trepekūnienė in her hometown Pasvalys. After having met Mstislav Rostropovich, who encouraged her to pursue a career in music, she entered the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, where her teacher was Jūratė Karosaitė. At the age of 16, Morta moved to the United Kingdom to study with William Fong at the Purcell School of Music and soon after was awarded a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Hamish Milne. In addition to graduating with a First Class degree, Morta received various awards for outstanding stu- dentship throughout her time in London, and won several prizes in solo and chamber music competitions. During this period, Morta was kindly supported by the Rostropovich Help and Support Foundation and Michel Sogny Foundation “SOS Talents”. Morta’s further studies took place at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, where her teachers were Claudio Martínez Mehner and Dmitri Bashkirov. She currently holds a teaching position at The Purcell School of Mu- sic, Britain’s oldest specialist music school.