Kasparas Uinskas was born in 1979 in Druskininkai, Lithuania. He began studying the piano at the age of six and in 1990 he enrolled at the Ciurlionis School of Art (now the National M.K.Ciurlionis Art School) in Vilnius. In 1997 he graduated from the B.Dvarionas Music School, and then continued his advanced studies at the Frederic Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, and in 2001, at the world famous Juilliard School in New York. Presently, Kasparas Uinskas is pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in piano studies at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy.
From early on, Kasparas Uinskas stood out with his emotional musical sensitivity, his individual imagination and virtuosity. He won First Prize at the International Stasys Vainiunas Competition (1996). In 1997 at one of the most prestigious European musical events - Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland he was granted Reuter‘s sponsored Grand Prix and he was invited to make his debut at the Verbier Music Festival in 1998. As a soloist Uinskas appeared in other prestigious music festivals – the Aspen Music Festival (2000), the Music Festival of the Hamptons (2002), Holland Music Sessions (2005). He has also played in concerts in the United States, Switzerland, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Poland. In the 2007/2008 season Uinskas has also made highly successful series of debut recitals at the most famous world concert halls including - Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Wigmore Hall in London, Berlin Philharmonie and others.
Kasparas Uinskas is presently performing actively as a soloist in concerts with orchestras, also playing chamber music. In 2005, he appeared in the Klaipeda Spring Music Festival with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Juozas Domarkas, performing Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor by Chopin. Kasparas Uinskas played the same concerto with resounding success in Kaunas and Vilnius Philharmonic halls under the baton of Tadeusz Wojciechowski. Although Uinskas repertoire is extensive - from Bach to the 20th Century composers - , he accords a special place in his repertoire to Frederic Chopin. In 2006 „Baltic Optical Disc“ released a CD of Kasparas Uinskas playing Chopin recital.
Uinskas is a frequent guest on the Lithuanian Radio and TV programs. In 2007, he was also featured on the David Dubal’s Reflections from the Keyboard on the WQXR, the classical music radio station of The New York Times.
Music critics tend to emphasize this young music vitruoso’s unique interpretation, which is signaled by a rich imagination, the plenitude of modes of expression, the ability to carry out his conception easily and precisely.
Kasparas Uinskas has all the ingredients of a great pianist and musician… in his New York recital debut, offered much evidence of the talent that has garnered his impressive start on an international career…
I have been following his development as a musician since we have collaborated on Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto in 2005, which turned out to be a great success. Right from the beginning I saw in him not only a great virtuoso, but also a deep musical personality. Every time I heard him perform, he proved to be a charismatic musician with the highest artistic standards.
Three selections from “Winter Sketches” by fellow countryman, Balys Dvarionas (1904-1972), were given the most personal and inspired renditions of the evening. Uinskas brought out the pure childlike energy of these works, along with a harmonic richness reminiscent of Medtner and Tchaikovsky.