Birutė Vainiūnaitė

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

Birutė Vainiūnaitė was born in Kaunas. She studied at the Vilnius M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art; from 1965 to 1970 at the Lithuanian Academy of Music (with Prof. M. Azizbekova); and as a post-graduate from 1970 to 1972 at the Moscow Conservatoire (with Prof. J. Milstein). During 1975-1976 she trained at the Paris National Conservatoire under Prof. V. Perlemuter.

Winner of the first Čiurlionis Piano Competition (1965) and of the fourteenth Berlin Virtuosi Competition (1991), B. Vainiūnaitė presently teaches at the Lithuanian Academy of Music.

Birutė Vainiūnaitė frequently performs with other instrumentalists, and has appaeared in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia, Spain, Sweden, USA, and in many cities in Russia. She played in Paris in 1976, and has performed there annually since 1990; she toured Germany with great success in 1994 and 1996, and has led master courses both there and in Lithuania. Prof. B. Vainiūnaitė has been on the jury at several international competitions: The International Stasys Vainiūnas Pianist Competition (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001), First International piano duo competition, Visaginas 1997. She has performed with orchestras conducted by J. Domarkas, G. Rinkevičius, S. Sondeckis, and others. Her concerts are frequently broadcast by Lithuanian Radio and Television, and she has released several records.

Although the pianist performs various peirod music with an exquisite feeling for style, she has a great fondness for works by modern composers. B. Vainiūnaitė was the first to introduce Lithuanian audiences to O. Messiaen, M. Ohana, G. Crumb, P. Vasks, etc., and is entrusted by prominent Lithuanian composers with their latest works.

Lithuanian Composers

Julius Andrejevas


The Doom

Ballad in Memoriam of Balys Dvarionas

Vytautas Bacevičius

Premier mot, Op.18

Poem op. 10 No. 4

Feliksas Bajoras

Variations for piano No.2


Osvaldas Balakauskas

Four Pieces op. 6

Three Caprices

Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra


Tune for piano and tape

Sonata of Mountains for piano and orchestra

Movimenti No. 1 for two pianos

Eduardas Balsys

Waves and Undines

Vytautas Barkauskas

Mirror op. 9

Vision op. 86

Concerto for piano and orchestra

Vidmantas Bartulis

Nine Glimpses of Early Autumn

Rain of Golden Clouds

Kęstutis Bieliukas

Composition No. 1

Ričardas Biveinis



Concerto for piano and symphony orchestra

„Sonnet - VII" for voice and piano

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Impromptu in D minor

Fugue in B minor, VL345

Prelude in A minor, VL 254 (Fughetta and Two Preludes in B minor)

Prelude in D minor, VL 256

Prelude in B minor, VL 259 (Fughetta and Two Preludes in B minor)

Prelude, VL 300 (New Modes)

Prelude in C major, VL 301

Prelude, VL 302 (New Modes)

Prelude, VL 304 Prelude in minor, VL 322 (Sea Preludes)

Prelude in D minor, VL 325 (Sea Preludes)

Prelude in C major, VL 327 (Sea Preludes)

Prelude in C major, VL 328 (Sea Preludes)

Prelude in A major, VL 335 (The Last Summer)

Prelude in D major, VL 272

Ballade in F sharp minor, VL 272a (Three Piano Pieces)

Prelude in D minor, VL 308 (Storms and Depths)

Prelude in D minor, VL 344a

Piece in A major, VL 246

Prelude in A minor, VL 230 (Leipzig Miniatures)

Prelude, VL 241 (From the Unfinished Cycle)

Prelude in B minor, VL I82a (Eight Piano Pieces)

Lullaby, VL 242 (From the Unfinished Cycle)

Prelude in F minor, VL 251 (Four Preludes)

Dialogue (Prelude in D minor), VL 261 (Six Piano Pieces)

Prelude Autumn, VL 264 (Six Piano Pieces) Allegro.

Prelude, VL 269 (Little Sonata) II. Andante, VL 270 (Little Sonata)

Prelude in G major, VL 318 (Sea Preludes)

Prelude in C minor, VL 324 (Sea Preludes)

Prelude in D minor, VL 319 (Sea Preludes)

Lithuanian Dance


Fugue in C minor, VL 314

Prelude in C major, VL 330 (Sea Preludes)

Fragment from tone-poem ”The Sea”, VL 255

Prelude, VL 303 (New Modes)

Povilas Dikčius


Snieguolė Dikčiūtė


Balys Dvarionas



At the Old Belfry Starlet, for voice and piano

By the Lake, for voice and piano

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1

Pines, for voice and piano

Juozas Gruodis




Morning Song

In Lithuania (2nd movement from Sonata No.2)


Two Pieces


Poppys, for voice and piano

Rue, for voice and piano

Cornflowers, for voice and piano

Vladas Jakubėnas

Legend op. 2 No. 2

Antanas Jasenka


Vytautas Juozapaitis

Preludes and fugues

Vytautas Jurgutis

A Child and Birds

Sonata in re

Julius Juzeliunas

Sonata No. 1

Sonata No. 2

Tomas Juzeliūnas


Antanas Kačanauskas

Two Preludes op. 22/23

Juozas Karosas

Three Preludes


Vincas Kudirka


Bronius Kutavičius


Five Pieces

Three metamorphosis

Perpetum mobile for cello and piano

Vytautas Laurušas

Green Prelude and Green Fugue

Yellow Prelude and Yellow Fugue

Polyphony of Colors - preludes and fugues

Waves, for voice and piano

Teisutis Makačinas

Shepherds' Games

Suite No. 3

Algirdas Martinaitis

Clavier of the Life-giving Water, for two pianos and synthesizer

Pool of Siloam

Musical Moment

Vytautas Montvila

Freedom Sonata

Jonas Nabažas



Prelude, Chaconne, Song

Onutė Narbutaitė

Vine Tree, for two pianos

Poem of Vincas Mykolaitis-Putinas, for voice and piano

Leonas Povilaitis

Sonata No. 2

Spring Sonata

Antanas Račiūnas

Ballad in B flat minor

Two Miniatures

Scherzo Sonata No. 1

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2

Anatolijus Šenderovas

M. K. Čiurlionis' Sketches


Raminta Šerkšnytė



Stasys Šimkus


Vladas Švedas


Juozas Tallat Kelpša

Fairy Tale


Stasys Vainiūnas

Sonata for violin and piano


Children's Corner, suite

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3, Op. 33

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1

Concerto for piano and chamber orchestra No. 4

Eight Moods, Op. 43

Lament 1972

Remembrance for violin and piano

Little Insect Suite, Op.7, for piano solo

Nomeda Valančiūtė

Narcissus for piano solo

Zigmas Virkšas

Like the Sunrise, sonata for piano

Incantations of Night

Chamber Works

Tomaso Albinoni

Adagio in G minor for cello and piano

Arno Babadjanian

Sonata, vn, pf, 1959

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata for violin and piano in E major

Sonata for violin and piano in A major

Sonata for violin and piano in C minor

Sonata for cello and piano in G major

Bela Bartok

Sonata for violin and piano No. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for violin and piano No. 7 in C minor

Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 op. 5 in G minor

Variations in F on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Die Zauberflöte, pf, vc, op. 66

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for violin and piano No. 3

Trio in A minor op. 114

John Cage


George Crumb

Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III), 2 amp pf, 2 perc, 1974

4 Nocturnes for violin and piano

Claude Debussy

Sonata for violin and piano in D minor

Sonata for cello and piano

Cesar Franck

Sonata for cello and piano in A major

George Frideric Handel

Sonatas for cello and piano in G minor, G major, F major, C minor

Paul Hindemith

Sonata for cello and piano

Sonata for violin and piano

Arthur Honegger

Sonata for cello and piano

Charles Ives

Sonata for violin and piano No. 4

Bohuslav Martinu

Sonata for cello and piano No. 3

Variations on a Theme of Rossini, vc, pf, 1942, op. 290

Olivier Messiaen

Quatuor pour la fin du temps, cl, vn, vc, pf, 1940–41: 1 Liturgie de cristal, 2 Vocalise pour l'ange qui annonce la fin du temps, 3 Abîme des oiseaux, 4 Intermède, 5 Louange à l'éternité de Jésus, 6 Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes, 7 Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'ange qui annonce la fin du temps, 8 Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus

Theme and Variations, vn, pf, 1932

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Divertimento for oboe, cello and piano

Hallelujah from Cantata “Exsultate Jubilate” K 165

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonata for violin and piano No. 5

Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 op. 80 in F minor

Overture on Hebrew Themes, c, cl, str qt, pf, 1919

Five Melodies, vn, pf [after 5 Songs, op. 35], 1925, op. 35 bis

Maurice Ravel

Sonata for violin and piano

Tzigane, rapsodie de concert, vn, pf, 1924, arr. vn, pf-luthéal

Franz Schubert

Duet for violin and piano

Dmitri Shostakovich

Sonata for violin and piano op. 134

Giovanni Valentini

Sonata for violin and piano in E major

Voice and Piano

Ernest Chausson

La Cigale

Claude Debussy

”Cinq poems de Charles Baudelaire” for soprano and piano

Jules Massenet

Elegy for soprano and piano

Olivier Messiaen

Trois melodies

Chants de Terre et de Ciel

Francis Poulenc

Proses lyriques

“Chanson du clair tamis”, “Violon”

“Chanson Vilegoese”

Sergei Prokofiev

Five Poems by A. Achmatova for voice and piano

Franz Schubert

”Der Hirt auf dem Felsen“

Solo Works

Isaac Albeniz

“Triana” from Iberia

Arno Babadjanian


Bach – Busoni


Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata in A major op. 2

Sonata in C sharp minor op. 27 No. 2

Sonata No. 2 in A major, op. 2/2

Sonata No. 13 op. 27/1, in E flat major, quasi una fantasia

Sonata No. 14 op. 27/2, in C sharp minor, quasi una fantasia (‘Moonlight’)

Sonata No. 9, in E major, op. 14/1

Sonata Appassionata op. 57 No. 23, in F minor

Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, op. 78

Sergei Belimov

Sonata Una corda, 1982

Johannes Brahms

Klavierstücke op.119

Rhapsody in E flat major

2 Intermezzi op. 76 No. 6 and 7

2 Capricci op. 76

Ballades, d‘Edward’, D, b, B, op.10

Ilona Brege


John Cage

Music of Changes, pf, 1951

J. Calles


Manuel Castillo


Frédéric Chopin

Etude op. 25 No. 12

Etudes op. 10 (1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12), op. 25 (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 24)

Twenty-four Preludes op. 28

Sonata No. 3 op. 58, in B minor

Nocturnes (op. 55 No. 2, op. 27 No. 1)

Mazurkas (selected)

Ballade in F minor No. 4 op. 52

Scherzo No. 4 op. 54 in E major

Fantasy, f minor/A flat major op. 49

Muzio Clementi

Sonata in D major op. 40 No. 3

François Couperin

La Favorite Chaconne-rondeau

George Crumb

”Makrokosmos” II

Claude Debussy


Préludes, bk 1 (1910): Danseuses de Delphes, 1909; Voiles, 1909; Le vent dans la plaine, 1909; ‘Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir’, 1910; Les collines d’Anacapri, 1909; Des pas sur la neige, 1909; Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest; La fille aux cheveux de lin, 1910; La sérénade interrompue; La cathédrale engloutie; La danse de Puck, 1910; Minstrels, 1910

Préludes, bk 2, 1911–13 (1913); Brouillards, Feuilles mortes, La puerta del vino, ‘Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses’, Bruyères, General Lavine – eccentric, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune, Ondine, Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C., Canope, Les tierces alternées, Feux d’artifice

L’isle joyeuse, 1903–4 (1904)

Manuel de Falla


Edvard Grieg

Elegy, Valse

Joseph Haydn

Sonata in E flat major

Paul Hindemith

Ludus tonalis, 1942

Arthur Honegger

7 pièces brèves, 1919–20

Georges Hugon


Betsy Jolas

B for Sonata, 1973

Scott Joplin


Dmitry Kabalevsky

Sonata No. 3 in F major

Peter Jona Korn

Burlesque op. 11

Nikolai Korndorf

Yarilo, pf, tape, 1981

Franz Liszt

Etude in F minor from Etudes d’exécution transcendante

Miłosz Magin

Triptyque Polonais


Olivier Messiaen

Preludes, 1928–9

L’Alouette Lulu (lullula arborea) from Catalogue d’oiseaux

11 Première Communion de la Vierge from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus, 1944

13 Noël from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus, 1944

12 La Parole Toute-Puissante from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus, 1944

20 Regard de l'église d'Amour from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus

16 Regard des prophètes, des bergers et des mages from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus

10 Regard de l'esprit de joie from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus

14 Regard des anges from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus

Wofgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonatas: in G major KV283, in D major KV284, in D major KV311, in B flat major KV333, in B flat major KV570, in D major KV576

Variations in E major, K 353 La belle françoise

Fantaisie KV396

Fantasia in C minor, K 396

Adagio in B minor K 540

Nikolai Myaskovsky

6 Improvisations, op. 74, 1906–46

Maurice Ohana

24 préludes, 1972–3 (selected)

Fernando Otero

Suite for piano

Paganini - Liszt

Etude in E major

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonata in D minor No.2, op. 14

Mimoletnosti (Visions fugitives), 20 pieces, 1915–17

Sarkazmï [Sarcasms], 5 pieces, 1912–14, op. 17

Song without Words, D Major, 1907

Sergei Rachmaninov

Etude-tableaux in E flat major op. 33, 1911

Maurice Ravel

Miroirs, 1904–5: Noctuelles, Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l'océan, Alborada del gracioso, La vallée des cloches

Franz Schubert

Moments Musicals D 780

Moment musical, op. 94 No. 1

Sonata in G major, op. 78/D 894 4

Impromptus, c, E, G, A, D 899

Clara Schumann

Quatre pièces fugitives, F, a, D, G, 1841–44 op. 15

Robert Schumann

Fantasie, C, op. 17

Alexander Scriabin (Skryabin)

Dvadtsat' chetïre prelyudii / Vingt quatre préludes, 1888–96

Shest' prelyudiy/Six préludes, 1895 op. 13

K plameni, poema/Vers la flamme, poème, 1914, op. 72

Sonata No. 3, 1897, op. 23, in F sharp minor

Sonata No. 5, op. 53, 1907

Déodat de Séverac

Baigneuses au soleil, 1908

Dmitri Shostakovich

24 Preludes and Fugues, 1950–51 op. 87

Bedřich Smetana

Polkas in E flat major, F major, E minor

Egils Straume

In memoriam Zero

Richard Strauss

Stimmungsbilder, 2 pf, 1882–4: Auf stillen Waldespfad, An einsamer Quelle, Intermezzo, Träumerei, Heidebild, op. 9

Natela Svanidze

Tsre [Circle], prep pf, 1972

Karol Szymanowski

Sonata op. 36 no. 3, 1917

Pyotr Tchaikovsky


Peter Vasks

Pavasara mūzika: quasi una sonata [Spring Music], pf, 1995

Rudens mūzika: quasi una sonata [Autumn Music], 1981

Mazā nakts mūzika [A Little Night Music], 1978

Jāzeps Vitols


Imants Zemzars

Brīnumskaņdarbi [Miracle Pieces], pf qt, 1995

Two Pianos

Claude Debussy

En blanc et noir, 3 pieces, 1915 (1915)

Raimo Kangro

Sonata op. 28

Alexei Koroliov


Olivier Messiaen

Visions de l'Amen, 2 pf, 1943

Maurice Ravel

Sites auriculaires, 2 pf, 1895–7: Habanera, Entre cloches

Peteris Vasks

In memoriam, 2 pf, 1977


Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto in E major BWV 1053

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto no. 3 in C minor, op. 37

Concerto no. 5 in E flat major, op. 73

Johannes Brahms

Concerto no. 1 in D minor

Edvard Grieg

Piano Concerto, a, 1868

Franz Liszt

Concerto in A major

Jules Massenet


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto in A major KW 488

Concerto in D minor

Sergei Rachmaninov

Concerto no. 1

Maurice Ravel

Concerto no. 2 in D major

P. Silvanski

Concerto for piano and orchestra

Vytautas Juozapaitis, Prelude and fugue in F

Vytautas Juozapaitis, Prelude and fugue in H

Concert in Museum of Applied Art, April 18, 2010


String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3


Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44


Concert in the Festival “Music of Changes”, 21th of October, 2009

“The Evening of Fantasies and Reminiscences”

M.K.ČIURLIONIS Pater noster VL 260

Impromtu in D minor VL 298

Piece in A major VL 246

Piece in B minor VL 119

Prelude VL 325

Nocturne in C sharp minor VL183

R.SCHUMANN Fantasy in C major op.17

Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen

Ma&ig.Durchaus energisch

Langsam getragen.Durchweg leise zu halten



3 pieces from suite Homeland's Meadows, Op. 31

Little Insect Suite, Op.7

"Lament" 1972

"Eight Moods”, Op.43

Birutė Vainiūnaitė (piano)

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, April 4, 2009

To mark the STASYS VAINIŪNAS' Centennial


Sutartinė for orchestra, Op. 35 (1965)

Symphony in C sharp minor, Op. 27 (1957)

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 4, Op. 40 (1975)

Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 28 (1959)






Concert in Museum of Applied Art, March 22, 2009

To mark STASYS VAINIŪNAS Centennial


Piano Quintet No. 2 (1966)

Piano pieces

Piano Trio (1945)

Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 38 (1971)


FORT VIO Piano Trio:








The Most Precious Pearl of Lithuanian Pianism "The pianist Birutė Vainiūnaitė is giving a concert at Kaunas Philharmonic. Everything is perfect. One's soul rises into transcendental heights. The audience dissolves in the light of divine love. Spiritual vibrations grow into ecstasy. Catharsis. Eternity in the frozen chime of the clock... ... tears are only a poor shadow of our thoughts..."

D. K. "7 meno dienos", 2 May 2003, No. 18