Aleksandra Žvirblytė

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

Aleksandra Žvirblytė has completed her studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music with Prof. O. Šteinbergaitė in 1989; in 1989–1991 she attended a postgraduate course at the famous P.Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow where she studied with the globally renowned teachers Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniov and Nikolai Suk. Later she studied in Germany and Switzerland (Prof. B. Ringeissen, R. Buchbinder, K. H. Kammerling). The performer became a prizewinner of the M. K Čiurlionis International Piano Competition (Vilnius, 1989 and 1991) and of Y.K.A.A. (Young Keyboard Artists Association) International Piano Competition (Oberlin, USA 1991). In 1999 she won Grand Prix at N. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.

Aleksandra Žvirblytė has been constantly performing in all major cities and towns of Lithuania; she has toured Russia (St. Petersburg, Moscow), Ukraine (Lvov), Latvia, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and USA. She has been performing with the Lithuanian Chamber, Lithuanian National Symphony, Kharkov Philharmonic, St.Petersburg Conservatoire Symphony and Musical Theatre Symphony, Bulgarian Conservatoire Symphony and other orchestras under the baton of Saulius Sondeckis, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Juozas Domarkas, Mindaugas Piečaitis, Alvydas Šulčys, Christo Christov, Aleksei Kolobukhin and Oliver Weder. The pianist has been also performing chamber music in ensembles with the singers Inesa Linaburgytė, G. Skerytė, Liubov Chuchrova, violinists Dalia Stulgytė and Algirdas Verbauskas, clarinetist Algirdas Budrys, French horn player Mindaugas Gecevičius and percussionist Pavelas Giunteris. Her repertoire includes music of various styles, epochs and genres, also opuses by Lithuanian composers – she was the first to perform many of them. Žvirblytė has been participating in music festivals in Lithuania, France and Denmark; she has recorded many opuses for Lithuanian Radio and has published an audiotape and a CD. “Epical thinking, the concentration of thought, the harmony between the emotional and the rational are characteristic to A. Žvirblytė’s musical style. Understanding of every composer’s spiritual values and varied means of expression help her to find profound artistic interpretations. The solutions for the architectonic structure and development of an opus are dictated by her professional mastery and warmed with sincere emotion; her music is inspired by an artistic nature.” (R. Kryžauskienė, Kalba Vilnius)

Aleksandra Žvirblytė is Associated Professor at the Piano Department, Lithuanian Academy of Music; she also holds master classes, gives presentations at academic-methodical conferences and is a member of juries of international competitions. Her students have been winning prizes in more than 20 international piano competitions and performing as soloists as well as with orchestras and various ensembles in Lithuania, European Union and United States.

Lithuanian Composers

Osvaldas Balakauskas

Three pieces, for piano solo

Vytautas Barkauskas

"Legend about Čiurlionis", for piano solo

Variations, for two pianos

Algirdas Bružas

Concerto for two pianos and chamber orchestra Piligrimų pasakojimai

Nerija Čepaitė

Concerto for two pianos and chamber orchestra

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Preludes: VL 268, Vl 256, VL 294

Fugue in B flat minor, VL 345

Organ preludes (for two pianos): in A minor, in F-minor, in G major

Vytautas Laurušas

Preludes and Fugues, for piano solo

Leonas Povilaitis

Toccata, for piano solo

Pieces, for piano four hands

Alvidas Remesa

"Stigmata cycle" for two pianos

Vladas Švedas

Pathetic Concerto, for two pianos and five percussion

Chamber Works

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for violin and piano No.5 in F major, op.24 ("Spring")

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for violin and piano No.1 in G major ("Regen"), op.78

Sonata for violin and pianoNo.2 in A major ("Thun"), op.100

Sonata for violin and piano No.3 in D minor, op.108

Trio for violin, French horn and piano in E flat minor, op.40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata for violin and piano No.26 in B flat major, K.378

Robert Schumann

Piano quintet in E flat major, op.44

Phantasiestück for clarinet and piano, op73

Dmitri Shostakovich

Trio for violin, cello and piano No.2 in E minor op.67

Quintet for piano and strings, op.57 in G minor

Piano Four Hands

Johannes Brahms

Ungarische Tänze, for piano four hands

Sergei Rachmaninov

Suite No.1 (Fantaisie-tableaux) in G minor, op.5 (for two pianos)

Morceaux (6), pieces for piano four hands, op.11

Works for piano solo

Isaac Albeniz

Cordoba, Seguidillas from Chants d'Espagne, op.232

Johann Sebastian Bach

Overture in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831

Partita for keyboard No.3 in A minor, BWV 827

Jesu bleibet meine Freude from Cantata No.147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147

Well Tempered Clavier, Book I and II

Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV 827

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor, op.31/2, Tempes

Piano Sonata No.18 in E flat major, op.31/3, Hunt

Piano Sonata No.21 in C major, op.53, Waldstein

Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, op.111

Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor, op.13, Pathétique

Alban Berg

Piano Sonata, op.1

Johannes Brahms

Pieces for piano, op.118

Variations on an Original Theme in D major for piano, op.21/1

Ferruccio Busoni

Chaconne in D minor (after Bach's Violin Partita No.2, BWV 1004), for piano

Frederic Chopin

Ballade for piano No.3 in A flat major, op.47

Fantasy  in F minor, op.49

Nocturnes: No.4 in F major, op.15 No.1; No.5 in F sharp major, op.15 No.2; No.13 in C minor, op.48 No.1

Polonaises: No.1 in C sharp minor, op.26; No.6 in A flat major (Heroique), op.53

Waltzes: No.6 in D flat major, op.64 No.1; No.7 in C sharp minor, op.64 No.2; No.9 in A flat major (L'adieu), op.69 No.1

Etudes: op.10 No.1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12; op.25 No.7, 9, 11, 12

Mazurkas op.17

Claude Debussy

L'isle joyeuse, L.106


Prelude Feux d'artifices

Prelude Des pas sur la neige

Enrique Granados

Allegro di concierto in C major, op.46

Edvard Grieg

Poetische Tonbilder / Poetic Tone-Picture (6), op.3

Ernesto Halffter


Jørgen Jersild

Romanesque, Concert Pieces (3)

Franz Liszt

Liebestraum, notturnos for piano


Aprés une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata

Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178

Hungarian Rhapsody No.11 in A minor

Annees de pelerinage, 2nd Year ("Italy"), suite for piano

Soirees de Vienne, valse caprise for piano No.7 (transcription after Schubert, D.365)

Erlkönig (transcription after Schubert, D.328)

Leopold Mozart

Das Butterbrot

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K. 310

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332

Variations (6) on Salve tu, Domine, in F major, K. 398

Sergei Prokofiev

Piano Sonata No. 9 in C major, op.103

Sarcasms (5), op.17

Sergei Rachmaninov

Preludes: No.3 in B flat minor, op. 23 No.2; No.5 in D major, op.23 No.4; No.6 in G minor, op.23 No.5; No.21 in B minor, op.32 No.10; No.23 in G sharp minor, op.32 No.12

Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op.42

Maurice Ravel

Gaspard de la nuit

Franz Schubert

Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat major, D. 960

Robert Schumann

Fantasie in C major, op. 17

Alexander Scriabin

Etudes (12), op.8

Sonata No.5 in F sharp major ("The Poem of Ecstasy"), op.53

Works for piano and orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach

Harpsichord Concerto No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, op.15

Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, op.37

Johannes Brahms

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, op.15

Frederic Chopin

Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, op.21

Fantasy on Polish Airs in A major, op.13

Rondo a la krakowiak in F major, op.14

Grande Polonaise in E flat major, op.22

Franz Liszt

Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K. 467, Elvira Madigan

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D-minor, K. 466

Piano Concerto No.23 in A major , K. 488

 Piano Concerto No.26 in D major, K. 537, Coronation

Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra in E flat major, K. 365

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K. 449

Sergei Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, op.30

Camille Saint-Saens

"Carnival of the Animals", zoological fantasy

Sergei Prokofiev Sarkazms op 17

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 29 November 2014

To mark the 75th anniversary of Veronika Vitaitė



Soloists: VERONIKA VITAITĖ (piano)




SERGEI RACHMANINOV – Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

CÉSAR FRANCK – Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra, M. 46

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS – Zoological Fantasy Le carnaval des animaux for two pianos and orchestra

"Her performance of the Rachmaninov Corelli variations captivated the Audience.She imbued the Baroque theme "La Folia" with elegance and feeling wich lifted and audience to another plain. But Aleksandra Zvirblyte whilst taking pleasure with pianistic elements does not get lost in a sea of monochromatic colour, instead she brings out perfectly the various characters within the Variations. It was a wonder that she had the ability to combine the pair of The Slavic people and render the meaning of the work and play a beautiful, soaring cantilena. ... The Concert finished with a performance of Liszts Dante Sonata. There was a natural feel for the form of the piece. She played with a grand orchestral sound and a whole palette of colours. The interpretation was masterful.

Gerhard Fink. "Der Teckbote", 4. 04. 2001

"Aleksandra Zvirblytes interpretation was impressive. Her powerful, heavyweight forte gave the beginning of the Sonata a dramatic quality. Her piano quality was transparent and veil like gently blowing in the breeze yet retaining lucidity of musical thought."

Virginija Apanavičienė. "Literatūra ir menas", 2002 04 05

"Aleksandra Zvirblytes playing left a memory of a successful effort to immerse oneself in the spirit of the music and to bring to the surface the richness of the composition. Zvirblyte is seeker of the real spiritual contents of the music. Excellent technique is a pure requisite for her achieving this goal."

Vytautas Matulionis. "Dirva", USA