Robertas Bekionis was born in Vilnius, Lithuania on August 23, 1951. During childhood, he sang in the boy’s choir “Ąžuoliukas” and took piano lessons from a famous Lithuanian pianist, a prewar graduate of the Berlin Conservatory, Nadežda Dukstulskaitė. In 1967, she prepared him for the international competition near Tuapse, Russia, where he took Second Prize. She also prepared him for the entrance examinations to the Lithuanian Academy of Music where he subsequently earned a post-graduate degree. While in high school, he studied piano under the supervision of Professor Olga Steinberg and emerged as a gifted pianist. In 1972 Bekionis became a soloist with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic. The following year, he won a award in the M. K. Čiurlionis Competition. In 1978, he joined the Lithuanian Academy of Music, where from 1988 he held the position of Associate Professor. Prior to that, between 1983 and 1988, he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under the eminent performer and pedagogue Lev Vlasenko, who praised him as a highly sophisticated pianist with a profound artistic erudition and underscored his broad experience as a soloist and member of chamber enesembles, performing in Lithuania and the then Soviet Union as well as abroad. In frequent solo concerts Bekionis played pieces by Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, and others in addition to works by Lithuanian composers. He also distinguished himself as a sensitive and professional concert master. Together with a well-known Lithuanian bass Vaclovas Daunoras (later soloist at the Metropolitan Opera inNew York) he performed in different cities in Germany and on five tours of the U.S. In 1979, after a concert at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, the renowned critic Joseph Horowitz characterized Bekionis as a scrupulois accompanist also noting his emphatic solo performance of Waltzes ina Form of a Suit by Schubert-Prokofiev.
Bekionis toured the Soviet Union together with Gražina Apanavičiūtė, the prominent Lithuanian operatic soprano. All their concerts received high acclaim. He also has made recordings for Lithuanian Radio and Television.
Bekioni‘s creative style is distinguishable by high proficiency, intellect, unique emotionalism, belief in the integrity of the composer, variety of sound and rhytmic sophistication.
A remarkable number of his studients have emerged as laureates and recipients of diplomas in various internationals competitions.