Jurgis Karnavičius

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

Jurgis Karnavičius (piano) in 1980 graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music with a speciality in piano with Prof. J.Karnavičius, his father. In 1980-1983 he improved in Moscow P.Tchaikovsky Concervatoire with prof. L.Naumov. Since 1981 has worked at the Lithuanian Academy of Music, and since 1992 he is an Assistant Professor.
In 1978 Jurgis Karnavičius was awarded the 1st prize and a special diploma for the best performance of Čiurlionis works at the 4th International M.K.Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition in Vilnius (Lithuania). He also was awarded honour diplomas at R.Schumann's Pianists Competition in Zwickau (Germany, 1981) and L.van Beethoven‘s Pianists Competition in Viena (Austria, 1989). In 1990 pianist won the 1st prize in the Young Keyboard Artists Association Competition in Oberlin (USA), in 1991 – 4th prize in the Mavi Marcoz Competition in Saint Vincent (Italy).

Jurgis Karnavičius plays solo and with different orchestras, and he is the permanent concert partner of his wife, opera singer Sigute Stonyte. In recent years he has been actively collaborating with several chamber ensembles, preparing concert programmes with M.K.Čiurlionis String Quartet, Lithuanian Art Museum Quartet, Sostinės String Trio, and others. He has given many concerts in Europe and the USA. In his repertoire there are piano concerts by W.A.Mozart, L.van Beethoven, R.Schumann and J.Brahms; solo works for piano by F.Chopin, F.Liszt, C.Debussy, A.Schoenberg, A.Skryabin, and S.Prokofiev; and chamber works by W.A.Mozart, R.Schumann, C.Franck, J.Brahms, G.Fauré, R.Strauss, P.Hindemith, O.Messiaen.

Chamber Works

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata for flute and piano in B minor, BWV 1030

Osvaldas Balakauskas

“The Tree and the Bird” for viola and piano

Arnold Bax

Sonata for clarinet and piano (1934)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for violin and piano in C minor, op.30 No.2

Sonata for violin and piano in G major, op.30 No. 3

Piano Quartet in C major,WoO 36

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for violin and piano in D minor, op.108

Sonata for clarinet (viola) and piano in F minor, op.120 No. 1

Sonata for clarinet (viola) and piano in E flat major, op.120 No. 2

Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, op.114

Piano Quartet in G minor, op.25

Piano Quartet in C minor, op.60

Ernest Chausson

Trio for piano, violin and cello in G minor, op.3

Aaron Copland

Piano Quartet (1950)

Sextet for piano, clarinet, two violins, viola and cello, (1937)

Claude Debussy

Rhapsody for clarinet and piano

Edward Elgar

Piano Quintet in A minor, op.84

Sonata for violin and piano in E minor, op.82

Gabriel Fauré

Piano Quintet in C minor, op.115

Sonata for violin and piano in A major, op.13

Piano Quartet in C minor, op.15

Cesar Franck

Sonata for violin and piano in A major

Piano Quintet in F minor

G. Fritz

Sonata for flute and piano in E minor

Paul Hindemith

Sonata for clarinet and piano in B flat major

Quartet, for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Arthur Honegger

Romance for flute and piano

Jurgis Karnavičius

Poem for cello and piano, op.6

Frank Martin

Ballade for flute and piano

Olivier Messiaen

Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Trio for piano, violin and cello in B flat major,K.502

Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478

Piano Quartet in E flat major, K.493

Quintet for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano in E flat major, K.452

Astor Piazzolla

Le grand tango for viola (cello) and piano

Francis Poulenc

Sonata for clarinet and piano

Sextet for piano, flute,  oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn

Maurice Ravel

Sonata for violin and piano No.2 in G major

Albert Roussel

Joueurs de flute for flute and piano

Camille Saint-Saens

Sonata for violin and piano No.1 in D minor, op.75

Franz Schubert

Arpeggione-Sonata, in A minor

Robert Schumann

Piano Quintet in E flat major, op.47

Piano Quintet in E flat major, op.44

Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano, op.73

Dmitri Shostakovich

Piano Quintet in g minor, op. 57

Charles Villiers Stanford

Three Intermezzi for clarinet and piano

Richard Strauss

Sonata for violin and piano in E flat major, op.18

Toru Takemitsu

“A bird came down the walk” for viola and piano

Carl Maria von Weber

Trio for flute, cello and piano in G minor, op.63

Alexander von Zemlinsky

Trio for piano, violin and cello in D minor, op. 3

Works for piano solo

Isaac Albeniz

El Albaicin from suite Iberia (No.5)

Julius Andrejevas


Vytautas Bacevičius

Sonata No.2, op.37

Capriccio, op.28

Vision, op.30

Johann Sebastian Bach

French suite No.6 in E major, BWV 817

Vytautas Barkauskas

Legend about M.K.Čiurlionis (1972)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata No.4 in E flat major, op.7                          

Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, op.27/2 “Moonlight”                          

Sonata No.17 in D minor, op.31/2 “Tempest”                          

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

Sonata No.28 in A major, op.101                          

Six Variations in F major, op.34                         

Six Bagatelles, op.126

Alban Berg

Sonata op.1                    

Johannes Brahms

Rhapsodies, op.79              

Phantasien, op.116 (complete)              

Three Intermezzi, op.117              

Piano pieces, op.118

Piano pieces, op.119

Algimantas Bražinskas


R. Casadesus

Impromptu, op.67 No.4

Frederic Chopin

Sonata No.3 in B minor, op.58             

Scherzo No.4 in E major, op.54             

Polonaise No.1 in C sharp minor, op.26/1              

Polonaise-fantasy No.7 in A flat major, op.61              

Nocturne No.4 in F major, op.15/1             

Nocturne No.19 in E minor, op.72/1              

Masurkas: in B minor op.33/4; in E minor op.41/2; in A flat major op.50/2

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Fugue in B flat minor


Claude Debussy


L’isle joyeuse             

Suite Bergamasque                

Preludes No.1, 2, 3, 4, 10

Gabriel Fauré

Nocturne No.1 in E flat minor, op.33/1            

Nocturne No.6 in D flat major, op.63

Cesar Franck

Prelude, choral and fugue

Joseph Haydn

Sonata in D major, Hob.XVI/4            

Sonata in G major, Hob.XVI/6        

Andante con variazioni in F minor, Hob.XVII/6

Vladas Jakubėnas

Rhapsody No.1

Jurgis Karnavičius


Mati Kuulberg

Four Impressions

Franz Liszt

Années de Pélerinage.Suisse (complete)        

Mephisto Walze No.1      

Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (Harmonies poétiques No. 3)

Pensée des morts (Harmonies poétiques No. 4)

Sonetto del Petrarca No.104

La lugubre gondola, No.2 (Die Trauer-Gondel)

Apparitions (3)


Hungarian Rhapsody, No.11

"Wilde Jagd" etude in C minor (Transcendental Etude No. 8)

Appassionata, etude in F minor (Transcendental Etude No.10)

Algirdas Martinaitis

Moment musicaux

Olivier Messiaen

From Regards sur l’enfant Jesus: Premiere communion de la Vierge (11); Le baiser de l’enfant-Jesus (15); Regard des Prophetes, des Bergers et des Mages (16)

Vytautas Montvila

Sonata of the Towers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310                  

Sonata No.10 in B flat major, K.333                    

Variations in B flat major, K.500                   

Fantasy in D minor , K.397

Fantasy in C minor, K.475

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonata No.3 in A minor, op.28                    

Sonata No.8 in B flat major, op.84

"Sarcasms", op.17                   

"Visions fugitives" (20), op.22

Sergei Rachmaninov

Etudes-Tableaux: in C major, op.33 No.3; in E flat minor, op.39 No.5; in D major, op.39 No.9    

Domenico Scarlatti

Sonatas: in A flat major, K.127; in B major, K.261; in E major, K.380; in D major, K.430

Arnold Schoenberg

Piano pieces, op.11

Six little piano pieces, op.19

Franz Schubert

Sonata in C minor, D.958

Moments musicaux (6), D.780

Impromptu  in A flat major, D.935/2 (op. posth.142 No.2)

Robert Schumann

"Kreisleriana", 8 fantasies for piano, op.16

Kinderszenen ("Scenes from Childhood"), op.15

Faschingsschwank aus Wien ("Phantasiebilder"), op.26

Nachtstücke, op.23

Arabesque in C major, op.18

Bunte Blätter ("Albumblatt I-V"), op.99 No.4-8

Romance in F sharp major, op.28 Nr.2

R. Schumann  - F. Liszt

Widmung (transcription for piano)

Alexander Scriabin

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

Sonata No.9 in F major, op.68

Poeme satanique in C major, op.36

Poemes, op.32

Pieces, op.57

Etude in G major, op.65 No.3

Antonio Soler

Sonata No.88 in D flat major

Sonata No.90 in F sharp major

Richard Strauss

Stimmungsbilder, op.9

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Dumka, op.59

R. Wagner  – F. Liszt

"Isoldens Liebestod" (transcription for piano)

Works for piano and orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, op.19

Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, op.58

Johannes Brahms

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, op.15

Paul Hindemith

Theme with Four Variations. The Four Temperaments, ballet for piano & strings

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467

Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K.595

Sergei Rachmaninov

Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini in A minor, op.43

Robert Schumann

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, op.23

Gabriel Faure Prelude

"…Most absorbing, J.Karnavičius – the pianist. His Mozart-like style, and phrasing and dynamics penetrate the ensemble, but also raise the string instrument players to the height of sublime music. Even in the episodes of pure accompaniment – in R.Schumann‘s Andante cantabile – the piano is memorable."

A. Lapinskas. Respublika, September 26, 1996

"Being an impeccable virtuoso the pianist makes an impression with his clear position as an interpreter and attention to his partners in the ensemble."

Tomas Bakučionis. Mūzų malūnas, March 22, 1996

"Pianist Jurgis Karnavičius has become the "guru" of the whole smart ensemble, hence, the spiritual guide. His not only musical, but also humanist maturity, understood much more broadly, has inspired his ability to rise up to the contents of that unique music."

Edmundas Gedgaudas. Mūzų malūnas, April 17, 2001