Justas Dvarionas, the grandson of the famous 20th century Lithuanian composer Balys Dvarionas, was born in 1967 in Klaipėda. From the age of two he was taught music at home by his grandmother - the known pianist and piano professor Aldona Smilgaitė-Dvarionienė. From 1974 to 1985 he studied at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art.
At the age of eleven, Justas showed his musical identity by successfully representing his country in the international pianist contest Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte in Czechoslovakia in 1978. He became a laureate at the event.
The always developing skill of the performer pushed him to study at Moscow’s P. Tchaikovsky’s Conservatory (1985-1991, class of professors Lev Vlasenka and Michail Pletniov). He finished his studies with the highest marks. After the first five years of his studies, according to curator and professor Lev Vlasenka, “his natural talent showed itself and Justas without a doubt became a mature artist.” From 1991 to 1993 he studied and received a masters under Prof. Vlasenka and worked as his assistant at the same school. In this period his career began to develop. In 1991 he received the special prize in the first international M. K. Čiurlionis contest in Lithuania, after which the chairman of the jury, Daniell Polack, said: “Justas Dvarionas from Lithuania left me one of the strongest impressions. His playing is very unique.” In 1992 he won the pianist contest Viotti in Italy. Justas has also been recognized at the international pianist contest in Porto, Portugal. In 1994, 1995 and 1997 he spent a lot of time on professional development by participating in international seminars and master classes run by professors V. Feltsman, V. Aškenazis, L. Natočenis, D. Baškirovas, L. Bermanas, P. Eicher, I. Lazko, I. Edelstein, G. Mirvis, E. Kuznecova, B. Ringeisen.
Justas has performed several times in the Puccini Theatre in Merano, Italy, where local music critics hailed him as exceptionally talented. He has also participated in the music festival Meranofest, where he was won the solo recital prize. He has performed solo and with orchestras in Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, The United Kingdom, Russia, The United States of America, Czech Republic, Sweden and Norway. Together with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra he has performed in the concert halls of Vilnius and St. Petersburg as well as participating in the festival All of W. A. Mozart’s Piano Concerts.
In 1997 he performed in Germany and Poland (Manheim, Jugenheim, Weimar, Erfurt and Czestochowa); in 1998 he performed in Norway (Oslo, Bergen); 1999 - Germany and Italy (Viernheim, Jugenheim, Adria, Rovigo, Merano); 2000, 2001 - Kaliningrad, Russia; 2002 - Switzerland (Bern); 2003, 2004 - Sweden (Stockholm, Vaster); 2004 - at the Pažaislis music festival with a symphony orchestra. In 2005 he played with Gina Bachauer in an international pianist festival in Salt Lake City, USA. In 2005 he performed solo as well as with a chamber orchestra, playing a harpsichord and organs while recording for radio and TV. Justas often performs in Lithuania as well as participating in the musical life of the country - he is on the jury of local and international contests, he teaches and participates in the activities of the international music organisations AEM (Arbeitskreis Europäischer Musikgymnasien) and EMCY (European Music Competitions for Youth).
Justas is also active in societal work - he is one of the founders of the citizen forum, is a member of the Sąjūdis and the Lithuanian Culture Fund.
1987-1991 - Justas Dvarionas worked as a teacher in Moscow’s P. Tchaikovsky’s Conservatory’s music school.
1993-present - teacher at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art.
1996-2004 - master class tutor in the international seminar for young musicians Amber Hall (Palanga, Lithuania).
1996-2005 - master class tutor in Klaipėda, Panevėžys, Druskininkai, Alytus, Kretinga, Mažeikiai, Vilnius, Bergen (Norway).
1997 - master class tutor in Czestochova (Poland) and the Schloss Belvedere Musik gymnasium in Weimar (Germany).
1998-2003 - taugth at the Lithuanian National Academy of Music and Theatre.
1999-2005 - music teacher and founder of a higher music school teaching program in the American International School (Vilnius, Lithuania).
2005-2006 - Justas performed and was in the jury of contests on three continents: Europe, North America and Asia.
Aiste Dvarionaite and Justas Dvarionas