Vilhelmas Čepinskis (violin)

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

Vilhelmas Čepinskis (b.1977) studied violin at The Julliard School with Dorothy DeLay, and later at the Lithuanian Academy of Music with Stanislovas Čepinskis (graduating in 1999). In 1999 he participated in mastership courses held by Itzhak Perlman. In 1988 he won International Kocian Violin Competition in the Czech Republic, in 1989 he won the nationwide U.S.S.R. competition and became the laureate of the New Names Fund.

Čepinskis started giving concerts when he was only seven: in 1984 he performed at the Kaunas Philharmonic, in 1987 he played for the first time with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.

The violinist has given concerts together with the most famous performers in the world: V.Spivakov, J.Bashmet and G.Kremer, in 1998 he toured United States of America giving concerts together with the pianist W.T.Smiddy. The violinist has performed in many of the most renowned concert halls of the world: in 1996 in Tilles Center (New York), in 1997 Carnegie Hall (New York), in 1999 Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), in 2000 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Concervatoire. Vilhelmas Čepinskis has participated in the following international music festivals: in Meranofest, Ankara, Westfold, Pažaislis and Vilnius festivals and has given solo concerts and concerts with orchestras all over Europe, the Dominican Republic and the United States of America.

By personal invitation of Yehudi Menuhin, Čepinskis played together with the London Symphony Orchestra, performed during the official visits of the Queen of Sweden and Norwegian Royal Family to Lithuania as well as on the occasion of Lithuania's membership of the United Nations in 1991. Vilhelmas Čepinskis has been constantly giving concerts at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic and has participated in the Philharmonic season, opening and closing concerts, which were broadcasted on national television. The violinist has recorded five compact discs that demonstrate a comprehensive repertoire of classical violin music. Numerous awards have proved the quality of Vilhelmas Čepinskis’s performance. In 1991 he was awarded the Mariapia Fanfani Fund medal "Together for Peace", which was presented by the Queen of Spain, in 2003 the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus awarded him with the Cross of the Knight for his service to the country.

Lithuanian Composers

Vidmantas Bartulis

Triple Concerto (for two violins, piano and strings) [2005]


Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042

Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043

Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052  (Harpsichord Concerto)

Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto in D, op. 61

Johannes Brahms

Concerto in D, op. 77

Double Concerto for violin and cello in A minor, op. 102

Benjamin Britten

Concerto op. 15

Max Bruch

Concerto No. 1, in G minor, op. 26

Ernest Chausson

Concerto for violin, piano and strings

Concerto for violin, piano & string quartet in D major, Op. 21

Francoise Choveaux

Concerto dit diabolique [2002]

Edvard Elgar

Concerto in B minor, op. 61

Alexander Glazunov

Concerto in A minor, op. 82

Felix Mendelssohn

Concerto in E minor, op. 64

Double Concerto in D minor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto No. 3, in G, KV 216

Concerto No. 4, in D, KV 218

Concerto No. 5, in A, KV 219

Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E flat major, KV 364

Niccolò Paganini

Concerto No. 1, in D, op. 6, MS 21

Concerto No. 2, in B minor, op. 7, MS 48

Concerto No. 4, in D minor, MS 60

Sergei Prokofiev

Concerto No. 1, in D, op. 19

Nino Rota

Improvisation in D minor for violin and orchestra [arr. V. Čepinskis]

Pablo de Sarasate

Concert Fantasy on themes from Bizet's "Carmen," for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op 25

Dmitri Shostakovich

Concerto No. 1, in A minor, op. 77 (op. 99)

Jean Sibelius

Concerto in D minor, op. 47

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Concerto in D, op. 35

Antonio Vivaldi

Four Seasons (the cycle of four Violin Concertos - RV 269, RV 315, RV 293, RV 297)

Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in E flat major ("La tempesta di mare"; "Il cimento" No. 5), Op.8/5, RV 253

Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in B flat major

Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 11), Op. 3/11, RV 565

Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 8), Op. 3/8

Henri Vieuxtemps

Concerto No. 5, in A minor, op. 37

Henryk Wieniawski

Concerto No. 2, in D minor, op. 22

Works for Violin and Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

Six sonatas for violin and piano

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for violin and piano No. 3 in E-flat Major

Sonata for violin and piano No. 5 in F Major, ("Spring")

Sonata for violin and piano No. 7 in C minor

Sonata for violin and piano No. 9 in A minor, ("Kreutzer")

Johannes Brahms

Sonata for violin and piano No. 2

Sonata for violin and piano No. 3

Claude Debussy

Sonata for violin and piano in G minor, L.140

Gabriel Faure

Sonata for violin and piano No. 1, in A

Cesar Franck

Sonata for violin and piano in A

Edvard Grieg

Sonata for violin and piano No. 1

Sonata No.3 in C minor, op.45

George Frideric Handel

Six sonatas for violin and piano

Jean Marie Leclair

Sonata for violin and piano in D

Bohuslav Martinu

Sonata for two violins and piano [arr. by V. Čepinskis]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sonata for violin and piano in B flat, KV 378

Maurice Ravel

Sonata for violin and piano

Camille Saint-Saens

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

Dmitri Shostakovich

Sonata for violin and piano, op. 134

Richard Strauss

Sonata for violin and piano in E flat major

Other Works

Osvaldo Golijov

”Last Round” for string ensemble


N. Paganini Concerto No. 2

Vilhelmas Čepinskis and Musica Viva: A. Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Concert in Vilnius Congress Concert Hall, 19 March 2010

A symphony concert

“A Landscape of the Eternal City”

P. Tchaikovsky

Overture-fantasy “Hamlet”, Op. 67

P. Tchaikovsky

Concerto for violin and orchestra in D-major, Op. 35

O. Respighi

“Rome Fountains” from a trilogy for orchetra

M. Ravel

“Daphnis et Chloe”, Suite No 2



Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, December 30, 2009


Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 for viola and strings


Andante e rondo ungarese, Op. 35 for viola and strings


Adagio from Clarinet quintet (arrangement for viola and strings by M. Bereznicki)


Virtuoso duet for violin, viola and strings (Lithuanian premiere)


Harmonies du Soir for string quartet and string orchestra (Lithuanian premiere)





Concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, March 10, 2009


New work (premiere)


Concerto for violin and orchestra


Symphony No. 2 in G minor, Op. 34




Concert at the National Philharmonic Hall, 29 December 2007

Joseph Haydn Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 1 in C major, Hob. VII b No.1

Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons, four concertos for violin and strings, Op. 8

Astor Piazzolla Four for Tango for string orchestra

Gennadij Gladkov-Boris Andrianov Town Musicians of Bremen for violin, cello and strings (arr. by Vilhelmas Čepinskis)

Four Moldavian Dances for violin, cello and orchestra (arr. by Boris Andrianov and Vilhelmas Čepinskis)

Camerata Klaipėda Ensemble, soloists: Vilhelmas Čepinskis (violin), Boris Andrianov (cello, Russia)

Concert in Vilnius Congress Palace, 01 19 2007

A.Vivaldi The four Seasons / Le Quatri Stagioni, Op. 8 No 1 - 4

R.Strauss Salome’s dance from the opera Salome Op. 54

The Der Rosenkavalier suite, Op. 59

Vilhelmas Čepinskis, violin

Conductor Julius Geniušas

A very talented young person. I found his playing extraordinary. He is already not only a great virtuoso, but also a violinist of very high culture. His playing evoked in me associations with the fantastic musicianship of Heifetz. Actually, it has been a long time since I have heard a young person play so movingly.

Sir Yehudi Menuhin , “Kauno diena”, April 1998

I thought his playing was superb, a real talent, worthy of immediate praise. The Sibelius Violin concerto sorts the men from the boys not only in technique, but also in generosity of spirit. I was reminded of the imperious playing of David Oistrakh. in hearing this very fine soloist in Sibelius. At 21, and with the delightful personality, I predict great things for this young virtuoso.

Edward W.Clark, President, The United Kingdom Sibelius Society, "Musical Journal", London, 1998

...the technique... comes through so inspiringly developed, that it betrays an extraordinary talent. Cepinskis` playing is effective, but never oversteps the boundary of sensation-seeking.

“Frankfurter Rundshau”, 11 February, 1998

…the duo’s brilliant, utterly fearless virtuosity made the Allegro molto finale truly captivating. <…> Revel’s Tzigane was impressive for its immaculate execution and attractive musicality…

Dennis Rooney, “The Strad”, USA, October 2000

What a pleasant experience! Vilhelmas Cepinskis is totally a poet of the violin, and the purity of his sound, full of exquisite harmonies, permitted him to regale us with an interpretation of Max Bruch No.1 without affectation nor mannerisms, but with quite an uncommon global feeling of the work.

Eduardo Villanueva, “Hoy”, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 15 June 2000

...violinist Cepinskis is a formidable presenter. The whirling virtuoso paces of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, which concluded the program proper, seemed as nothing to him. Striking a pose of confidence and poise, Cepinskis ripped through the work’s bravado paces with a fire and confidence born of familiarity...

“Edmonton Journal”, Canada, 7 March 2002

...the violinist delivered the theme of the firs movement without great difficulty, while the sweet and pure secondary theme was performed with assurance and color. Unnoticeably, the melodious second movement appeared with much vibrato. The third movement-most valued by experts-rang out with a strong range where the virtuoso demonstrated all his artistic talents. These fireworks were accompanied by a very strict and musical Adagio from the Bach violin sonate solo...

“Meininger Tageblatt“, 24 April 2002, Germany

...The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Max Bruch was performed by violinist Vilhelmas Cepinskis who studied with the legendary violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. This was the principal attraction of the evening. The violinist’s breathtaking and ideal mastery of his instrument was easily and refreshingly supported by the orchestra. The performers entrusted the emotional effect to the music itself, and did not overextend nor overpressure it, but rather presented it clearly and soberly. Such a distancing, perhaps, had some inclination toward coldness, but, at the same time, spoke of a surprising discipline and control.

“Südthüringer Zeitung“, 24 April 2002 Germany.