Gintaras Januševičius

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

Gintaras was born in Moscow in a family of Lithuanian trumpeter Algirdas Januševičius and tatar-jewish composer Nailia Galiamova. The family left Moscow in 1987 and moved to Klaipeda, Lithuania. Gintaras began his musical training at the age of 4 at the Eduardas Balsys School of Arts in Klaipeda. In 1993 family decided to move to capital Vilnius, where his father was appointed the principal trumpeter at the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gintaras Rinkevičius. Gintaras then entered the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts. After graduating in 2003, Gintaras studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Drama and in 2004 moved to Germany, where he resides now, completing his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover.

Gintaras started experiencing stage success at the age of 16, after winning national Lithuanian competitions of Balys Dvarionas and Johann Sebastian Bach. in 2002 he was awarded Grand Prix at the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Narva Estonia. In 2003 Gintaras was among finalists of International M. K. Čiurlionis Competition in Vilnius, in 2004 - of famous Montreal International Musical Competition. in 2005 Gintaras won the Yamaha Piano Competition in Lithuania. In 2006 he was awarded a final Diploma at the 1st International Tallinn Piano Competition. In 2007 Gintaras got 3rd Prizes at the International Piano Campus Competition in France and International M. K. Čiurlionis Competition.

Notable Recitals
Gintaras made his orchestra debut at the age of 15, performing Capriccio Brillante of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra under direction of Vytautas Lukočius. Same month, he entered a Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire to perform Piano Concerto No.23, K. 488 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Up to the date, Gintaras has performed with orchestras over 30 times, working together with Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Yekaterinburg Symphony Orchestra etc. and visiting famous halls, like Palau de la Música Catalana, Sala Mozart of Zaragoza, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal etc. His Solo Recitals were organised in almost all towns of Lithuania, as well as Paris, Tallinn, European Capital of Culture of 2005 Cork, Moscow, Warsaw and others.

Piano Professors
Gintaras got his first piano lessons from Valentina Potejenko in Klaipeda. Later he was taught by Vale Kulikauskiene (1993-1998) and Jurgis Bialobžeskis (1998-2003) at the National M.K. Ciurlionis School or Arts in Vilnius. Starting with 2004, Gintaras' is taught by Professor Vladimir Krainev. Jurgis Bialobžeskis remained his teacher and greatest advisor until his death in May 2008. Since 2008 Gintaras also plays cembalo and is taught by Professor Zvi Meniker. From 2000 to 2005 Gintaras also had lessons with numerous famous pianists, most notable with Lazar Berman and his wife Valentina, Naum Shtarkman, Mūza Rubackytė, Hans-Peter Stenzl, Jurgis Karnavičius and others.

Gintaras sets priority on piano compositions of Rachmaninoff. He performed all of his Études-Tableaux, Morceaux de Fantaisie, most of Preludes, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Sonata and other works. Other of his most performed works include Pictures at an Exhibition of Mussorgsky, Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118 of Brahms, Waldstein Sonata of Beethoven, Estampes of Debussy, Scherzi of Chopin etc. His repertoire also includes a big variety of chamber music compositions - violin sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Brahms, Franck, Histoire du soldat of Stravinsky, romances of Rachmaninoff, songs of Mozart, Faure, Poulenc and Debussy etc.

Personal life
Januševičius lives in Hanover, Germany since 2004. He is an artistic director of Plathner's Eleven concert series in Hanover.

Lithuanian Composers

Julius Andrejevas

  ”The Fate”

Kęstutis Biveinis

Escenas Otonales for Piano Quintet

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Preludes: in B minor, VL 169; D flat major, VL 187; F minor, VL 197, in A minor VL 241, in G major VL 338, in D minor VL 340

4 preludes op.16

3 Pieces, VL 271-269

Fugue in B flat minor, VL 345

Balys Dvarionas

Sonata-ballade for violin and piano


Impromptu in E flat minor


Winter Sketches


„A Star”

Nailia Galiamova

Skazka pro Belogo Bychka

Chamber Works

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata for Recorder and Cembalo in F, BWV 529

M. Bertolina

Zig-zAmazon River for Cembalo and Piano

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for violin and piano in G major No.1  op.78

Sonata for violin and piano in A major No.2  op.100

Piano Quintet op.34

Pierre Max Dubois

Sonatine-Tango for Bassoon and Piano

Anton Dvorak

Pieces op.75

Cesar Franck

Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8

Edvard Grieg

Sonata for violin and piano in C minor No.3 op.45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Songs (complete)

M. Mussorgsky –Y. Vorontsov

Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano Quintet

Francis Poulenc

Sonata for clarinet and piano

Le Bestiaire

Sergei Rachmaninov

Trio in G minor, op.1892 for violin, cello and piano

Sonata for Piano and Cello Op.19

Romances Op.4, Op.8, Op.34 (complete)

Carl Reinecke

Piano Quintet

Camille Saint-Saens

Sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat major

Franz Schubert

Die schöne Müllerin

Robert Schumann

Die Märchenerzählungen Op.132 for Piano Trio

Igor Stravinsky

L’Histoire de Soldat for Piano Trio

P. Tchaikovsky – Y. Vorontsov

Nutcracker Suite for Piano Quintet

Karl Maria Weber

Grand Duo Concertante Op.48 for Clarinet and Piano

Works with Orchestra

Vytautas Bacevičius

Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 4, Op. 67 (1962)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for 3 Cembali in C major

Franz Liszt

Concerto for piano and orchestra in E flat major, No.1  S.124

Witold Lutoslawski

Wariacje na temat Paganiniego (Variations on a Theme by Paganini)

Felix Mendelssohn

Capriccio brilante, op.22

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for piano and orchestra in C major Nr.21 K.467

Concerto for piano and orchestra in B flat major No.23  K.488

Sergei Rachmaninov

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, pf, orch, 1934, op. 43

Piano Concerto no.2, c, op. 18, 1900–01

Maurice Ravel

Concerto for piano and orchestra in D major

Dmitri Shostakovich

Concerto for piano and orchestra in C minor No.1 op.35

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Concerto for piano and orchestra in B minor, No.1 op.23

Solo Works

Julian Aguirre


Isaac Albeniz


Johann Sebastian Bach

Italian concerto  BWV 971

Toccatas : No.2 in E minor, BWV 914; No.4 in G major, BWV 916

The Well-tempered Clavier, BWV 846-69; Vol. 1 (Complete)

The Well-tempered Clavier, Vol. 2: in C sharp minor, BWV 873; in F minor, BWV 881; in G sharp minor, BWV 887

J.S. Bach - J. Brahms

Ciaccona (Partita for solo violin No. 2 in d-moll, BWV 1004)

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Rondo “Viel Wut über einen Verlorenen Groschen“


Luciano Berio

Six Encores

Jean-Baptiste Besard


Johannes Brahms

Klavierstücke Op.118

Benjamin Britten

Night Piece

Frédéric Chopin

Ballade No.4 in F minor, op.52

Etudes, op.10 (1-12)

Nocturnes in D flat major, op.27/2; in E minor, op.72/1

Polonaise in A flat major, op.53

Scherzo in b minor No.1, op.20

Valses in A flat major, A minor, F major, op.34/1-3; A flat major, op.42

Scherzi (Complete)

Fantasie-impromptu  in C sharp minor, op.66

Polonaise in F sharp minor, op.44

Preludes op.28

Ecossaises Op. Posth.

Claude Debussy

Preludes: 1Livre - Des pas sur la nieige (6); Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Quest (7); La fille aux cheveux de lin (8); La serenade interrompue (9); Minstrels (12)

Etude Pour les Arpeges Composes in A flat major


Giles Farnaby

The Old Spagnoletta

Alberto Ginastera


V. Gorup


Edvard Grieg

Jölstring op.17/5

Joseph Haydn

Sonata in C major, Hob.:XVI/50

Jacques Hétu

Impromptu, Op. 70

Franz Liszt

Sonata  "Apres une lecture du Dante", S.161/7

Etude Paganini-Liszt S 140 No.3 “La Campanella”

Concert study, G 145 No.1 ”Waldesrauschen”, Nr.2 ”Gnomenreigen”

Rhapsodie espagnole (Folies d’Espagne et jota aragonesa)

Années de pèlerinage, supplément aux Années de pèlerinage 2de Volume: Venezia e Napoli: 1 Gondoliera, canzone del Cavaliere Peruchini (La biondina in gondoletta), 2 Canzone (‘Nessun maggior dolore, canzone del Gondoliere nel Otello di Rossini’), 3 Tarantella da Guillaume Louis Cottrau (Presto e canzone napolitana)

Grand Galop Chromatique S.219

Années de pèlerinage 2de Volume: Sonetto del Petrarca 123

Années de pèlerinage 2de Volume: Fantasia Quasi Sonata "Apres une lecture du Dante", S.161/7

Alexina Louie


Frank Martin

3 Preludes

Bohuslav Martinu

2 Pieces for Cembalo

Jules Massenet


Nikolai Medtner

A Fairy-tale in A major, op.51/3

Moritz Moszkowski

Etudes op.36/4; op.72 (1-15)

W.A. Mozart- A. Volodos

“Turkish March” Concert Paraphrase

Modest Mussorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition

A. Nishimura


Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Menuett Op.14

Nocturne Op.16

Boris Papandopulo


Henry Purcell

Alman, Canary and Hornpipe

Sergei Rachmaninov

Preludes op.23 (1-10)

Pieces op. 3

Preludes in D major, op.23/4, B major, op.32/11; G sharp minor, op.32/12

Etudes-tableaux op.39 (1-9)

Etudes-tableaux op.33 (1-8)

Morcaux de Salon op.10

Maurice Ravel


Ondine (Gaspard de la Nuit)



Domenico Scarlatti

Sonatas in F minor L.118, in D major L.164, in G major L.349, in A major L.495

Alexander Scriabin

Sonata No.4 in F sharp major, op.30

Etude in D sharp minor, op.8 No.12

Igor Stravinsky

Etude in F sharp major

E. Tanguy

Lento (2006)


Nutcracker, suite

Eduard Tubin


Preludes in C major, A minor

J. Tymczuk


R. Vagner – F. Liszt

Isolde’s liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)

Two Pianos

Johannes Brahms

Die Liebeslieder-Wälzer

C.J. Darnieder

Der Man Ferder Over op.14

Witold Lutoslawski

Variations on a theme of Paganini

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonatas in C major K. 19d and D major K. 381

Sonata in D major

Sergei Rachmaninov

Suite for 2 Pianos Op.17

Maurice Ravel

La Valse

Ma Mere L’Oye

A.S. Vujic

Srpsko kolo

Concert in Vilnius Congress Concert Hall, 10 December 2010

SYMPHONY CONCERT “Waiting for Winter Holidays”

N. Rosauro

“Rhapsody” solo for percussion and orchestra (premiere in Lithuania)

S. Rachmaninov

Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in C minor, op. 18

Pavel Giunter, percussion

Gintaras Januševičius, piano



Beethoven - Sonata no. 21 in C major, op. 53 (Waldstein)

Rachmaninov - 5 Etudes Tableaux from op. 39

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

From the first notes of his lucid Sonata by Haydn and his magnificent Études-tableaux by Rachmaninov in the semi-finals, I was hooked. His Mozart's Concerto in A major will remain etched in my musical memory for years to come, even if the jury did not seem equally mesmerized by the sheer magic of the moment.

Lucie Renaud, The heart has its reasons, 07 06 2004

The safer aspects aside, as much as I was impressed by Salov, two other names from this 2004 competition will remain etched in my mind: Gintaras Januševičius and David Fray. The former delivered, in my eyes, the most stunning performance of this entire week of piano with his Études-tableaux by Rachmaninov. Januševičius is a recreator, the only one of the 23 candidates with this quality. While he may not be quite ready to assert himself in an orchestra that doesn't play Mozart in the same way he does, his Mozart is oh so compelling

Christophe Huss, Good family man and perfect son-in-law, 04 06 2004

I cried, I'll humbly admit, when Gintaras Januševičius, this tender-aged "kid" of 19 years, 4 months and 15 days, launched in to the first phrase of the F sharp minor Adagio of Mozart's 23rd Concerto, a movement of desolation that Mozart used only twice in his life. It was a phrase delivered without pretension, with infinitesimal nuance and hands that seemed to dance over the keys. No ulterior motive, no sentimentality, just the Sicilian beat and depth of the music. All of Mozart was there, all of the magic of the art and all of the wisdom of Gintaras Januševičius himself. I don't know if one can win a competition by playing a Mozart concerto in the finals. "I could have chosen a concerto by Liszt, but in Mozart there is more, there is everything," the young Lithuanian confessed to me at the end of the evening. That might sound overly simplistic, but it says it all. If this doesn't prove to us that this artist is out of the ordinary, something else surely will. No matter. Because Gintaras Januševičius glides, like an albatross. His semi-final and final performances were rare revelations for me; they fall outside the scope of competition (for purists, there were three little snags with the right hand in the 3rd movement) because they are neither rankable nor quantifiable. All eyes were on Januševičius after the semi-finals, on which he had left his imprint as a kind of apparition from another place, notably with his performance of Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux Opus 39. Mozart was not the choice one would have expected of so flamboyant an artist. But in it he revealed all, against the tide of our expectations. We saw him take possession of Mozart; proclaim it. We saw him set the keys aglow, with a palette of a thousand shades, but never going beyond the forte. We saw him shake up the rhythms, moving forward, straight as a pin, with the simplicity of the master and the vitality of the young man he is. Never is it used for effect, never does the left hand try to gain the upper hand. Januševičius opted for the least sensational of the concertos and played it in the least sensational manner possible, irradiating it with a light play of a feather touch.

Christophe Huss, The albatross, 01 06 2004

The final round will be fascinating in that it features candidates with vastly different profiles. The line-up includes, obviously and happily, Gintaras Januševičius, the musical presence of the week, whose only ressemblance to last year's winner Yossif Ivanov is being the youngest candidate on the list at 19 years old.

Christophe Huss, Let the serious stuff begin, 31 05 2004

The end of this movement, with its progressive motion between pianissimo and the infinitesimal, was almost as riveting as Gintaras Januševičius' Adagio in Mozart's Concerto n° 23.

Christophe Huss, The Gallic rooster, 03 06 2004