Eglė Perkumaitė

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Eglė Perkumaitė (b. 04 June 1959) finished the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts (1966 – 1977). In 1977 – 1982 she studied at the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with Prof. Tatyana Nikolayeva. She was awarded a diploma with the qualification of pianist-soloist, accompanist and chamber ensemble performer. In 1995 Perkumaitė attended international summer academy classes in Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria) held by Prof. O. Mounier and A. Zakotnik, in 1996 – 1997 with the Fulbright Scholarship she studied at Miami University, USA (Prof. P. Posnak and Prof. J. R. Floyd), and in 2005 – 2006 she won the Fulbright Scholarship for creative work and research at the University of Kansas (USA). In 1993 – 1995 she studied piano at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with pianist Aldona Dvarionaitė. 
The pianist started her creative and concert career while still at school when she not only won national competitions, but also won the 1st prize at the international competition in Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic); she recorded her first vinyl disk with the school’s string orchestra (Concertino by V. Klova). She continued her concert activities while studying and performed in the cities of Lithuania, Moscow, St. Petersburg and The Netherlands. Having finished her studies in Moscow she has been giving concerts as a soloist with Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra since 1982, led by Prof. Saulius Sondeckis (1982, 1986, 1994, 1995), and with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, led by Prof. Juozas Domarkas (1982). She has been giving recitals and chamber music evenings; Perkumaitė has accompanied singers Irena Milkevičiūtė, Virgilijus Noreika, Natalija Katilienė, Ignas Misiūra, Danielius Sadauskas and instrumentalists Laima Šulskutė, R. Butvila, A. Stulgys, A. Paukštė, etc. As a soloist and accompanist she has been giving concerts in various cities of Lithuania, also in Austria, Finland, Malaysia, Philippines, also Florida and Kansas (USA).
In 1996 together with the singer Natalija Katilienė the pianist participated in the International Singing Contest ‘Alexander Girardi’ in Coburg (Germany) where the soloist won a prize. In 1997 and 1999 Eglė Perkumaitė accompanied Lithuanian singers during international competitions in Deutschlandsberge (Austria) and Paris (France). In July – August 2001 she worked as an accompanist for international summer courses for singers and pianists in Salzburg organised by Miami University. In January 2003 she held master classes for pianists and accompanists at the Tampere Conservatoire (Finland).
E. Perkumaitė has made quite many records of chamber music for the archive of the Lithuanian Radio and Television and recorded two vinyl discs (1980 and 1986). She has been the first to perform several opuses by Lithuanian composers. Over more than twenty-five years of her career she has given around 600 various concerts. Since 1982 the pianist has been working at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and now is Assoc. Prof. at the Accompaniment Department (since 1998). She had over 70 students who graduated from the academy and include laureates of national and international competitions.
Research and Methodical Activities
E. Perkumaitė has published an article in the periodical magazine Muzika, Vol. 9–10, 1993.
She has published an educational book M. Musorgskio kamerinės vokalinės kūrybos bruožai. Vokalinių ciklų „Vaikų kampelis” ir „Mirties dainos ir šokiai” ypatybės bei atlikimo metodika (Characteristics of M. Mussorgsky’s Chamber Vocal Music. Particularities and Performance Methods of Vocal Cycles Children’s Corner and Songs and Dances of Death, Lietuvos muzikų draugija, 1998). 
She has published an article “Literatūrinių tekstų savitumai bei stilistiniai ir interpretaciniai ypatumai S. Barberio vokaliniame cikle „Atsiskyrėlio dainos”” (‘Peculiarities and Stylistic and Interpretational Aspects of Literary Texts in S. Barber’s Vocal Cycle’) in an educational volume Vokalinio ir instrumentinio akompanimento dėstymo metodika bei interpretacijos problemos (Vilnius, 2002). 
She has published an article “Charlesas Ivesas (1874-1954) ir jo dainos” (‘Charles Ives (1874-1954) and His Songs’) in an educational volume Akompanimento menas (Vilnius, 2004).

Concert in Museum of Applied Art, April 26, 2009


Songs (Lithuanian premiere):

"Hat dich die Liebe berüht“ from the Italienisches Liederbuch (text by Paul Heyse)

"Die Elfe“ (text by Joseph von Eichendorff)

"Waldseligkeit“ (text by Richard Dehmel)

"Es zürnt das Meer“ from the Italienisches Liederbuch (text by Paul Heyse)

"Selige Nacht“ (text by Otto Erich Hartleben)

"Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht“ (text by Theo Lingen)


"Amor!“ and "Lied der Frauen“ from the Brentano-Lieder Als mir dein Lied erklang, Op. 68, TrV 235



Viktoria and Koltay's duet from the operetta Viktoria und ihr Husar


Anna Elisa's song and Anna Elisa and Paganini's duet from the operetta Paganini


Sisi's song from the operetta Der Favorit


Hanna and Danilo's duet from the operetta Die lustige Witwe


Mr X's song and Princess Fedora and Mr X's duet from the operetta Die Zirkusprinzessin




The 4th International H.Frenkelis Villa Summer Festival, 24 07 2007

Songs from American Musicals and Cabarets

JERRY BOCK (g. 1928) ”Vanilla Ice Cream”, w. Sheldon Harnick

KURT WEILL (1900-1950) ”l'm a Stranger here myself”, w. Ogden Nash

LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) ”A little bit in Love”, from musical ”Wanderful town”, w. Betty Comden and Adolph Green

COLE PORTER (1891-1964) ”So in Love”, from musical ”Kiss me, Kate”, w. C. Porter

VICTOR HERBERT (1859-1924) ”Art is calling for me”, musical ”Enchantress”, w. Harry B. Smith


1. ”Embraceable you”, w. Ira Gershwin

2.”Somebody loves me”, w. B. G. Desilva and B. Macdonald

3. ”Blah, Blah, Blah”, w. Ira Gershwin

4. ”The man I love”, w. Ira Gershwin

WILLlAM BOLCOM (g. 1938) ”Cabaret songs”, w. Arnold Weinstein:

1. ”Over the piano” 2. ”Fur” 3. He tipped the waiter” 4. ”Waiting” 5. ”Song of Black Max” 6. ”Amor” 7. ”Places to live” 8. ”Toothbrush time” 9. Surprise” 10. ”The Actor” 11. ”Oh close the curtain” 12. ”George”

Jūratė Rudžianskaitė (soprano), Eglė Perkumaitė-Vikšraitienė (piano)

Concert at Vilnius Philharmonic, 2004 01 21

R.Strauss „My Eye” / Mein Auge op. 37 No. 4

„Bad Weather” / Schlechtes Wetter op. 69 No. 5

Vocal cycle „Brentano songs” / Brentano - Lieder op. 68

S.Rachmaninov „How Fair this Spot...” op. 21 No. 7

„They answered” op. 21 No. 4

„Sing not to me, beautiful maiden...” op. 4 No. 4

„What Happiness” op. 34 No. 12

Two transcriptions for piano: „Olives” op. 21 No. 5, „Daisies” op. 38 No. 3

„Before my window” op. 26 No. 10

„The Fountain” op. 26 No. 11

„How Painful for Me...” op. 21 No. 12

„A Prayer” op. 8 No. 6

„Spring Waters” op. 14 No. 11

Natalija Katilienė (soprano), Eglė Perkumaitė (piano)

Concert in Tampere (Finland), 01 22 2003

F.Bajoras Vocal cycle „Why”

S.Rachmaninov „By My Window” op. 26 No. 10

„They Replied” op. 21 No. 4

„How Painful...” op. 21 No. 12

„It's so Good Here...” op. 21 No. 7

„Don't Sing Me, My Beauty...” op. 4 No. 4

„Waters of Spring” op. 14 No 11

Ch. E.Ives Dreams


Ch.T.Griffes ”The Lament of Ian the Proud”

D.Argento From ”Six Elizabethan songs”



F.J.Obradors ”La mi sola, Laureola...”

”Al Amor”

”Del cabello mas sutil”

”Chiguitita la Novia”

F.Lehar Anna Eliza's songs from ”Paganini”

J.Strauss Adele's couplets from ”Bat”

Natalija Katilienė (soprano), Eglė Perkumaitė (piano)

Concert in the Šiauliai Philharmonic, 27 03 2001

W.A. Mozart Duet from Opera ”Cosi fan tutte”

H. Purcell ”What can we poor females do”

”Music for a while”

G. Faure ”Clair de lune” op. 46 No. 2

”Automne” op. 18 Nr. 3

”Nell” op. 18 Nr. 1

”La lune blanche luit dans les bois“ op. 61 No. 3 from La bonne chanson

”Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d’été”, op. 61 No. 7

F. Poulenc ”Les chemins de l'amour”

A. Ginastera ”Cancion al arbol del olvido”

C. Guastavino ”Siesta”

”La rosa y el sance”

F. J. Obradors ”La mi sola, Laureola...”

”Al Amor” ”Del cabello mas sutil” ”Chiguitita la Novia”

F. Chopin Scherzo for piano in B flat minor, op. 31

Ch. Griffes ”The Lament of Ian the Proud”

D. Argento ”Spring” ”Winter”

S. Barber Vocal Cycle ”Hermit Songs” op. 29

Ch. Ives ”Dreams” , ”Memories” , ”Spring Song”

G. C. Menotti Lucy's aria from Opera ”Telephone”

H. R. Bishop ”Lo! here the gentle lark”

(N. Katilienė, J. Rudžianskaitė, singers)

University of Miami, Victor E.Clarke Recital Hall, 16 12 1996

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Four Preludes

Op. 3, No. 1 in B-flat minor

Op. 33, No. 1 in G Major

Op. 33, No. 3 in D minor

Op. 33, No. 6 in D minor

Alexander Scriabin Sonate-fantaisie Op. 19, No. 2 in G-sharp minor



Robert Schumann Fantasiestucke Op. 12

Frederic Chopin Scherzo Op. 31, No 2 in B minor

University of Miami, Victor E.Clarke Recital Hall, 15 11 1996

Alessandro Scarlatti La Rosaura

Andre Fonseca, violin

Alessandro Scarlatti Se Florinda e fedele

Le violette

Henry Purcell Thrice Happy Lovers

Music for a while

What Can We Poor Females Do?

Johannes Brahms Vergebliches Standchen

Wie bist du meine Konigin


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Alleluia

from Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165

Andrea Wivchar, soprano, Eglė Perkumaitė, piano

As a pianist, she has complete command of the instrument; her playing is fluent and powerful, and informed by a deep musicals intelligence.

Dr. Paul Posnack, Program at the University of Miami, 03 02 1997

The variety of styles was subtly performed. The pianist fascinated audience with perfect sound, expressive phrase, subtle artistic taste and wonderful technics.

Kauno tiesa, 10 04 1984

Bent for passion, excitement are the main features of scenic image of Egle Perkumaite.

Literatura ir menas, 18 02 1984

She is noted for precision and subtle shadings as well as the lyricism of musical images in her performances...

Daily Express, Philippines newspaper, 16 11 1985