Ingrida Armonaitė (violin)

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Violinist Ingrida Armonaitė graduated from Moscow P. Tschaikovski Conservatoire in 1985, where she studied with prof. Igor Bezrodny. Until 1987 she was developing her practical and theoretical skills during her post-graduate studies at the same conservatoire with prof. Valery Klimonov. Since 1988 the violinist has been working at the National M.K. Ciurlionis College of Arts and Lithuanian Academy of Music, Strings Department, she has become an Assistant Professor in 1999.

The violinist's talent to interpret music has revealed itself early enough. In 1972 and 1976, still while studying at the M.K. Ciurlionis College of Arts, she won the International J. Kocian Competition for Young Violinists in Czech Republic; in 1979 she won the first prize at a national competition and in 1985 took the first prize at the International V. Huml Competition for Violinists in Zagreb. The jury that appraised her performance with such a high award was headed by the world famous violinist Henryk Szering, and this was, perhaps, the only award of such a level among Lithuanian violinists.

Ingrida Armonaitė visited with concerts many European countries. She toured Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Yugoslavia, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and many countries of CIS, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary and Germany. She has played with philharmonic symphony orchestras from Bucharest, Timishoara (Romania), Prague (Czech Republic), Košica (Slovakia), Zagreb Chamber and TV Symphony Orchestra, chamber orchestras from Kharkov (Ukraine), Riga (Latvia), Klaipėda, St. Christopher, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuania Minor and Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. The violinist has been regularly participating in festivals in Lithuania and abroad. She has performed many times during the festivals Gaida, Marių klavyrai, Palangos vasara (Palanga Summer), Thomas Mann, Šv. Kristupo vasaros, (St. Christopher's Summer), Naktinės serenados (Night Serenades), Muzikinis rugpjūtis pajūryje (Musical August on the Coast), Pažaislis, Alma Mater Musicalis. She has given concerts during such musical events as Okhridsko leto, Dubrovačke ljetne igre (Yugoslavia), Interforum (Hungary), Cintarea Romaniei (Romania), Bardejovskej hudobnej jare, Košicka Hudobna jar (Slovakia), Janačkuv maj (Czech Republic), Russkaja zima (Russia), Probalika (Sweden), Klassik im Grünen, young. euro. classic. (Germany).

The violinist's repertory is unusually wide and multifaceted. It includes more than ten concertos for violin (by A. Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, F. Mendelssohn, J. Brahms, M. Bruch, H. Wieniawski, E. Lal, P. Tschaikovski, H. Vieuxtemps, J. Sibelius, A. Berg, S. Prokofief, I. Stravinski, D. Shostakovich), many sonatas (by J. S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, J. Brahms, E. Grieg, C. Franck, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, S. Prokofiev, E. Schulhoff, L. Harrison), many classical and 20th century opuses of other genres, including those by Lithuanian composers (O. Balakauskas, E. Balsys, V. Barkauskas, P. Dikčius, V. Germanavičius, A. Jasenka, J. Juozapaitis, B. Kutavičius, R. Merkelis, O. Narbutaitė, V. Paltanavičius, A. Šenderovas, R. Šileika, V. Švedas, M. Urbaitis).

In 1985 - 1993 the pianist Larisa Lobkova was Ingrida Armonaitė's constant partner; since 1996 she has been playing together with the pianist Aušra Banaitytė. One can also hear Ingrida Armonaitė's performance as a part of chamber ensembles and Armonų trio.
Ingrida Armonaitė has recorded many opuses at the Lithuanian Radio; some are published in three compact disks. Two of them include chamber music, where I. Armonaitė participated as a member of chamber ensembles (2000 and 2001), and one solo CD Dialogos, recorded by the Vilnius Records Studio in 2001.

Lithuanian Composers

Vytautas Bacevičius

Concerto for violin and symphony orchestra Op. 51 (1951)

Osvaldas Balakauskas

Rex Re for flute, violin and piano

Eduardas Balsys

Violin Concerto No.2

Jūratė Baltramiejūnaitė             

Norvariatione for violin solo

Vytautas Barkauskas

Modus vivendi for violin, cello and piano

Sonata No.3

Algirdas Bružas                        

Summer Sketch for piano, violin and cello

Zita Bružaitė                     

„Sonnet IV“ for piano, violin and cello

Julius Gaidelis                         

Without Motherland, Spinner

Vytautas Germanavičius             

„Nidamanngrieg Sonate“ for piano, violin and cello

Antanas Jasenka                       

„Melody“ for piano, violin and cello

Jurgis Juozapaitis

"Moonlight", piano trio

Solo contra tutti

Vytautas Jurgutis                       

Concerto for violin and chamber orchestra

Jurgis Karnavičius                   

Two capriccio for violin solo

Antanas Kučinskas                  

„Loop in D minor“

Bronius Kutavičius

"Stasys' Eight Miniatures" for flute, violin and viola


Tomas Kutavičius                    

Triplum for violin, double bass, chamber orchestra and electronics

Faustas Latėnas                        

„Samba Lacrimarum“

Vytautas Laurušas

"Bird Market" for flute, violin and viola

Remigijus Merkelys

FlaVio for flute, violin and viola

Šarūnas Nakas

Dreamlike Venice, a Flaming Hurricane of Love, for soprano, bass, two actors and chamber orchestra

Onutė Narbutaitė

Winterserenade for flute, violin and viola

"The Eight-String" for violin and viola

Vytautas Paltanavičius              


Donatas Prusevičius                   

Infinito for piano, violin and cello

Anatolijus Šenderovas

"Dialogues" for two violins

In memoriam J.Heifez for violin solo

Remigijus Šileika

Musica ricordanza for violin, cello and piano

Jonas Švedas                          

Sonata for violin and piano No.1

Mindaugas Urbaitis

Der Fall Wagner for flute, violin and viola

Bachvariationen for four violins

Chamber Works

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonatas for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1014-1019

Johannes Brahms

Piano trio No.2 in C major, op.87

Claude Debussy                     

Trio for piano, violin and cello in G major, L.3

Antonin Dvorak

Dumki, piano trio No.4 in E minor, op.90

Dietrich Erdman                     

Trio for piano, violin and cello

Charles Halka                         

Trio for piano, violin and cello

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano trio No.6 in G major, K.564

Arvo Pärt                            

„Mozart-adagio“ (in memoriam Oleg Kagan) for piano, violin and cello

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Hippolyte et Aricie, siuite

Max Reger

Serenade for flute, violin and viola in G major, op.141a

Franz Schubert                    

Trio for piano, violin and cello in B flat major, op.99, D898

Dmitri Shostakovich               

Trio for piano, violin and cello in E minor, op.67

Georg Philipp Telemann

Sonate polonaise in A minor for violin, viola and continuo

Joaquin Turina                          

„Circulo“, for piano, violin and cello op.91

Peteris Vasks                        

„Episodi e canto perpetuo“ (Hommage a O. Messiaen) for piano, violin and cello

Works for Violin and Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Concerto No.2 in E major, BWV 1042

Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041

Alban Berg

Violin Concerto Dem Andenken eines Engels

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto in D major, op.77

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, op.26

Ernest Chausson                      

Poem, op. 25

Alexander Glazunov

Violin Concerto in A minor, op.82

Édouard Lalo                          

The Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op. 21

Felix Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216

Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218

Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219

Sinfonia Cncertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E flat major, K.364

Sergei Prokofiev

Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, op.19

Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, op.63

Dmitri Shostakovich

Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, op.77

Violin Concerto No.2, in C sharp minor, op.129

Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47

Igor Stravinsky

Violin Concerto in D major

Giuseppe Tartini                          

Violin Sonata in G minor "Devil's Trill Sonata"

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D major, op.35

Henri Vieuxtemps

Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor, op.37

Antonio Vivaldi

Four Seasons, op. 8

Works for Violin and Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata No.3 in E flat major, op.12/3

Sonata No.4 in A minor, op.23

Sonata No.5 in F major op.24, Spring

Sonata No.7 in C minor, op.30/2, Eroica

Sonata No.9 in A major op.47, Kreutzer

Romance No.1 in G major, op.40

Romance No.2 in F major, op.50

Johannes Brahms

Sonata No.3 in D minor, op.108

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco


Ernest Chausson

Poeme, op.25 (arranged for violin and piano)

Claude Debussy

Sonata in G minor, L.140

Clair de lune (arranged for violin and piano)

La fille aux cheveux de lin (arranged for violin and piano)

Valse romantique

Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un faune (arranged for violin and piano)

Antonin Dvorak

Romantic Pieces, op.75

Manuel de Falla

Suite Populaire Espagnole (arranged for violin and piano)

Cesar Franck

Sonata in A major

Edvard Grieg

Sonata No.3 in C minor, op.45

Lou Harrison

Grand Duo

Gia Kancheli


Édouard Lalo

Symphonie espagnole, op.21

Felix Mendelssohn

Sonata in F major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata No.26 in B flat major, K. 378

Niccolò Paganini

La Campanella violin concerto No.2 in B minor, op.7

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonata No.2 in A major, op.94 bis

Melodies, op.35 bis

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

Five pieces from the ballet Cinderella, Op. 87

Maurice Ravel

Pavane pour une infante défunte (arranged for violin and piano)

Valses nobles et sentimentales (arranged for violin and piano)

Pablo de Sarasate

Zigeunerweisen, op.20

Romanza Andalusa, op.22

Caprice basque, op.24

Alfred Schnitke


Franz Schubert

Impromptu in G flat major, op.90/3, D. 899/3 (arranged for violin and piano)

Erwin Schulhoff

Sonata, op.7/1

Robert Schumann

Sonata No.1 in A minor, op.105

Rodion Shchedrin

A la Albeniz

Humoresque (arranged for violin and pino)

Dmitri Shostakovich

Ten Preludes, op.34

Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 134

Igor Stravinsky


Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Sérénade mélancolique in B minor, op.26

Franz Waxman

Carmen fantasy

Henryk Wieniawski

Légende in G minor, op.17

Eugène Ysaÿe

Poeme élégiaque in D minor, op.12

Concert at the Museum of Applied Art, December 13, 2009


Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80; five excerpts from the ballet Cinderella


Ten preludes (transcribed by Dmitry Tsyganov)



LEONID DORFMAN (piano, Germany)

Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, 21 12 2008


Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80; Five pieces from the ballet Cinderella, Op. 87


Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 134


Divertimento (Lithuanian premiere)



Concert in ”Vilnius Festival, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, 2006 06 17

Johann Sebastian Bach – "Brandenburg Concerto" in G major, No. 3, BWV 1048;

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, KV 216;

Šarūnas Nakas – "Dreamlike Venice, a Flaming Hurricane of Love" (world premiere)


"…the Brahms D minor where she was quite ar one with her instrument. Here was a truly expressive reading, especially the second movement where the contours were well outlined and followed. Her dynamics were contrasted with an attractive pianissimo. Her instrument filled the hall with sound – here again was a strong, above-average competition instrument. The Ysaye "Ballade" showed such good bow and string contact and for this reason was an extraordinarily poweful performance."

Anne Inglis. "The Strad", 1985 April (V.Huml Violin Competition)

"One could say - here is one more musician, dedicated to her art with her whole soul, her whole self. She displays an admirably wonderful technique, the sound of her violin is rich, spacious, yielding (where the performer wants it to) to delicate nuances too."

Edmundas Gedgaudas. "Lietuvos rytas", 21 11 2000

"The impression of a reliable and mature performer is being created not only by the clearly stable violinist’s performing technique, but also by a developed interpretational feeling, a unique artistic taste and professional knowledge, which Armonaitė can daringly rely on and consistently form her stance of musical performance."

Vytautė Markeliūnienė. "7 meno dienos", November 24, 2000

"Many music critics have noted Ingrida’s respect to the musical context, the colours of the sound and the sense of form. It was in 1985, when the violinist performed the Sonata in d-minor by Brahms, when in the English magazine The Strand Anne Inglis emphasised the subtle timbre of sound that the performer can evoke, the attractive pianissimo and the ability to “merge” with the instrument during the performance. One should not forget her interpretation of sonatas for violin and clavichord by Bach, The First Sonata by Prokofiev or Concerto for violin and orchestra by Berg, admirable for its quality of sound and dynamic emotional amplitude."

Mykolas Jankūnas. "Muzikos barai", November, Vol. 11, 2000

"I could compare Prokofiev’s Sonata, performed by the violinist Ingrida Armonaitė, to a great and significant theatre premiere, prepared with care and dedication. Having revealed the sense of fullness in Prokofiev, Armonaitė should be really able to play this opus in any prestigious European festival."

Edmundas Gedgaudas. "Klaipėda", July, 2002

"An emotionally effective violinist, exceptional for her convincing manner of communication with the listeners, and the orchestra, both subtly responding to every interpretational highlight of S. Domarkas, have impressively rendered the opus of a Lithuanian composer, unknown to us, but, obviously, remarkable and unique (about Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 by E. Balsys."

L. Danielson. "Kultur & Noje", 11 10 2003 (Sweden, the 10th Festival of Music and Art from the Baltic Countries "Probaltica-2003")