Joana Daunytė (harp)

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Joana Daunytė is a professional harpist, playing solo and chamber music and a winner of many international competitions. Joana, 'Lithuanian Ambassador for the Harp' has performed at concert halls in Switzerland, France, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, and United States of America. The wide scope of her musicianship is demonstrated by her repertoire, encompassing harp music from various eras, her search for the expressive possibilities of the harp, and her participation in projects of modern music. Now Joana is in the final stages of studies for a soloist diploma from the Norwegian Academy of Music, collaborates with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a member of a unique family ensemble “Regnum Musicale”.

After graduating from the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts (class of Daiva Šlyžienė) in 2008, Joana Daunytė has been developing her own style of playing the harp through study at several great harp schools. She studied with professor Florence Sitruk, who she calls her guiding star, in a special Talent Class (in 2007). Joana undertook her Bachelor degree studies at the Geneva Academy of Music (Switzerland, 2008–2011), followed by further studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the class of the professor Erika Waardenburg who trained a constellation of famous harpists (2011–2013). Now she is the first harpist in the history of the Norwegian Academy of Music to be admitted to prepare for the Soloist Diploma. Her teacher there is the renowned French harpist, Isabelle Perrin. Her studies there are focusing on solo playing and interpretation as well as closer examination of the French school of harp playing.

Masterclasses have been an important feature of Joana's study and have given her a variety of perspectives. She has worked with the American educator Prof. Susann McDonald (Switzerland), Prof. Fabrice Pierre (France), Prof. Isabelle Perrin (France), Prof. Isabelle Moretti (France), Prof. Maria Luisa Rayan-Forero (USA), Prof. Skaila Kanga (Great Britain), Prof. Milda Agazarian (Russia), and Prof. Erika Waardenburg (the Netherlands).

Joana Daunytė is a winner of many international competitions: 1st prize (Spain, 2014) and 2nd prize (Spain, 2011) in the international competition of chamber music Concurso Iberico; she won a competition to enter the 10th World Congress of Harpists programme, Focus on Youth (the Netherlands, 2008); Joana was awarded with a special prize and Grand Prix at the Magic Sounds of the Harp Festival (Russia, 2007); she won the audience’s prize at the harp competition in Lille (France, 2006); at the Martine Geliot Young Music Talent Competition she was awarded the finalist’s diploma and won a special prize (France 2004); the Central Committee of the Youth Ambassador Program elected Joana to represent Lithuania (Ireland, 2005); she won the second prize at the International European Music Competition Musique en Picardie (France, 2004).

Joana Daunytė has performed at many international music festivals, including performing solo and in chamber music at the Classique dela Madeleine Festival (Switzerland, 2014), a concert tour in the United States of America (2014) frequent performances in the Sugrįžimai Music Festival (Lithuania), the premiere the work 'Intermezzo Italiano' dedicated to Her by composer Vytautas Barkauskas at the first Baltic Harp festival (Lithuania, 2011), a cycle of concerts at Hommageau Compositeur Ferenc Farkas (Switzerland, 2010), participation in the Mecklenburg-Pomerania Classical Music Festival (Germany, 2007).

In 2015 Joana started collaborating with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, she is regularly invited to be harpist with National Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania, and often plays at the Klaipėda Musical Theatre. In 2013, together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Olivier Grangean (France) performed Carl Reinecke’s Concert for Harp and Orchestra. In 2013 she performed with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra for their main season. In 2012–2013 she collaborated with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006–2008 Joana Daunytė was the Artist of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.

Joana is dedicated to the development of harp composition in Lithuania. She has premiered many works, including: Intermezzo Italiano by Vytautas Barkauskas, the Concerto for Harp and Orchestra by Vladas Švedas (performed at the Kaunas National Philharmonic together with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Juozas Domarkas in 2009), and Five Dances for harp Solo Antique Shop by Jonas Jurkūnas, which was dedicated to her.

Joana was won many scholarships and appreciations: SEM (Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument) Fund Scholarship (the Netherlands, 2014); a scholarship to take postgraduate courses at the Villecroze Music Academy given to her on the initiative of one of the world-famous harp professors Marie-Claire Jamet (France, 2008), a scholarship for the traineeship at the Villecroze Music Academy given at the request of Professor Isabelle Moretti of the Paris Conservatoire (France, 2015). 2005–2008 she was a beneficiary of the Rostropovich Fund. In 2014 she was granted the memorial scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and received the status of artist-author. In 2008, 2012, and 2015 the Presidents of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and Valdas Adamkus awarded Joana with honourable mentions for musical achievements and proclaiming Lithuania abroad. She received the awards of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

Joana takes part in improvisation and creative projects together with the ensemble Regnum Musicale. She has often collaborated with the best-known ensembles of Lithuania: Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Musica Humana, Kaunas String Quartet, Vilnius Municipality Choir Jauna Muzika. She has performed at the halls of Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Kaunas Philharmonic, Klaipėda Concert hall, etc.

Lithuanian Composers

Vytautas Barkauskas

Intermezzo Italiano op. 131 for harp solo

Balys Dvarionas


Vladas Švedas

Concerto for harp and strings (1993)


George Frideric Handel

Harp Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c)

Gabriel Pierne

Concertstuck for harp and orchestra

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto in D minor Arr. for harp & string quartet by A. Bax

Ferenc Farkas

Concertino for harp

Joaquin Rodrigo

 Concierto di Aranjuez for harp and orchestra

Carl Reinecke

Concerto in E Minor for Harp & Orchestra

Ami Maayani

Concerto Symphonique (1966)

Claude Debussy

Danse sacrée et danse profane for harp and string quintet

Maurice Ravel

Introduction & Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet

Marcel Tournier

Féerie, Prélude et Danse, for harp & string quartet

André Caplet

Le Masque de la Mort Rouge, Conte Fantastique for harp and string quartet (1907/8)

Other Works

Catherine Adolfovna Walter-Kuhne

Fantaisie sur un thème de l'Opera Eugène Onegin, for harp

Benjamin Attahir

De l’obscurité II

Johann Sebastian Bach

French Suite, for keyboard No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814 (BC L21)

Sarabande, Sarabande's Double, Bourree from Partita for violin No.1 BWV 1004

Piese en sol

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Solo in G, Wotq. 139

Franz Benda

Sonata in D major

Benjamin Britten

Suite for Harp op. 83

André Caplet

Divertissements II. à l'espagnole

Jean-Jacques Charpentier

Rhapsody for harp

Jean-François Dizi

Grande Sonate pour la harpe

Manuel de Falla

Danza Espanola, for orchestra (from "La Vida Breve")

Ferenc Farkas

Danses Hongroise su 17ème siècle

Allegro Impetuoso

Gabriel Faure

Impromptu for harp in D flat major, Op. 86 (1904)

Nicholas Flagello

Sonata for Harp

Marius Flothuis

Pour le tombeau d'Orphée

Mikhail Glinka-Balakirev

The Lark

Reinhold Glière


Félix Godefroid

Carnaval de Venice, Op. 184

Paul Hindemith


Heinz Holliger

Sequences on John 1:32, for Harp

Pierick Houdy

Sonata for harp

Klick &  Puce, Plus

André Jolivet

Prélude pour harpe

Elias Parish-Alvars

Introduction & Variations on the themes of Bellini's opera "Norma"

Jean-Baptist Krumpholtz

Sonate I Comme Scene Pathetique

Joaquin Malats

Serenata espanola

Ami Ma’ayani


Darius Milhaud

Sonata for harp

Giovanni Battista Pescetti

Sonata in C minor for harp

Paul Patterson

Spiders, op. 48

Laurent Pigeolet

OGHUM ou la résonance des pierres pour harpe solo

Henriette Renie

Contemplation for harp

Danse des Lutins

Gioacchino Rossini

Bochsa-Moretti Rondo on Zitti Zitti

Nino Rota

Sarabanda e Toccata

Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata K113

Louis Spohr

Fantasie c minor

Marcel Tournier

Danseuse a la Fontaine d' Ain-Draham

Clair de Lune Sur l'Etang du Parc (Moon in a Pool)

Vers la Source Dans le Bois (By the Brook in the Woods)

Soir de Fete a Sedjenane

Etude de Concert „In the Morning”

Ekaterina Walter-Kühne

Fantaisie Sur en Theme de l'Opera Eugene Onegin

Concert at the Church of St. Catherine, Vilnius, December 26, 2009

From the concerts series "Musicus Magnus".

"Ceremony of Carols"

B. Britten "Ceremony of Carols" for harp and mixed choir,

World carols for choir.

Choir "Jauna muzika" and soloist Joana Daunytė (harp).

Conductor: Vaclovas Augustinas.

Concert at the Kaunas Philharmonic Hall, April 24 2009

Vladas Švedas Portrait Concert


Concerto for harp and strings (1993)

Pathetic Concerto for two pianos and percussion Nr. 5


Symphony No. 8 Ad Gloriam Dei


Joana Daunytė (harp)

Sonata Alšauskaitė-Mikulė (piano)

Agnė Jurkūnienė (piano)

Irena Zelenkauskaitė (soprano)

Jovita Vaškevičiūtė (mezzo-soprano)

Audrius Rubežius (tenor)

Laimonas Pautienius (baritone)

Conductor Juozas Domarkas

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

Concert at St. Catherine's Church, Vilnius, December 26, 2008

From the concerts series "Musicus Magnus"

"Ceremony of Carols"

B. Britten

"Ceremony of Carols" for harp and mixed choir

World carols for choir

Choir "Jauna muzika" and soloist Joana Daunytė (harp)

Conductor: Vaclovas Augustinas

Concert at Catholic Church, Nida, August 15, 2008

"Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts"

W. A. Mozart "Marcia maestoso" from "Serenata notturna" KV 239,

Concert for flute, harp and orchestra in C major, KV 299,

L. Mozart "Missa solemnis", in C major for soloists, choir and orchestra.

With the participation of orchestra "Musica Humana" and soloists: Aistė Širvinskaitė (soprano), Ieva Prudnikovaitė (mezzo-soprano), Mindaugas Zimkus (tenor), Ignas Misiūra (baritone-bass), Vieri Bottazzini (flute, Italy), Joana Daunytė (harp).

Conductors: Algirdas Vizgirda and Vaclovas Augustinas.

Concert in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, January 14, 2007

Gala Concert of the Mstislav Rostropovich Charity and Support Foundation "Support to Lithuania's Children"

Programme of works by Franz Liszt, Henri Vieuxtemps, Robert Schumann, Georges Bizet - Franz Waxman, Marcel Tournier, André Jolivet, Fryderyk Chopin, Luigi Boccherini, Cécile Chaminade, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Nicolo Paganini

St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius Municipality, conductor Donatas Katkus, Soloists: Morta Grigaliūnaitė, Agnė Radzevičiūtė (piano), Simona Zajančiauskaitė (piano), Rolanda Ginkutė, Dalia Kuznecovaitė (violin) Paulius Gefenas, Vytenis Gurstis (flute), Joana Daunytė (harp), Vilius Daškevičius (cello), Laurynas Naujikas (horn), Agnė Cinauskaitė (viola), Vytautas Giedraitis (clarinet). Presented by Viktoras Gerulaitis.

Concert in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, December 15, 2006

Luciano Berio „Sequenza III” for solo voice

„Sequenza III” for solo obie

„Folk Songs” for chamber ensemble

Michel Decoust „A l'oree des ajours” for soprano, clarinet and percussion

Vytautas Barkauskas „Lune a l'aube dete”, op. 123 for soprano and eight cellos

Anna Larson „Nora” for soprano and cello

J.Mark Scearce „The Bird by Bird” (in memoriam O. Messiaen) for soprano and flute

Cathy Berberian „Stripsody” for solo voice

Skaidra Jančaitė (soprano), Algirdas Vizgirda (flute), Algirdas Doveika (clarinet), Šarūnas Kačionas bassoon), Artūras Šilalė (viola), Dainius Palšauskas (cello), Saulius Astrauskas (percussion), Saulius Auglys (percussion), Joana Daunytė (harp)