Vytautas Landsbergis (b. 1932 in Kaunas, Lithuania) is a politician and a musician, a statesman and a cultural figure. In 1955, he graduated from piano studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (the then Conservatoire) and for many years taught piano, later - the history of music, and became known as a critic and a musicologist. In 1969, he maintained his PhD thesis in art criticism (Doctor Habilis since 1994). Vytautas Landsbergis studied the life and creative work of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, edited and published piano compositions of this composer, played them in concerts and recorded them. In 1998, EMI Records Ltd. (London) published a CD "Born of the Human Soul: Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis' piano works performed by Vytautas Landsbergis;" in 2004, his edited piano works by Čiurlionis were published by Jonas Petronis' Publishing House in Kaunas ("Čiurlionis. Compositions for Piano. Completed"). The scientific research was summarised in 2008 by the monograph "Visas Čiurlionis" ("Complete Čiurlionis," published by "Versus Aureus" in Vilnius).
Since 1988, Vytautas Landsbergis became involved in public political activity. In Lithuania still occupied by the USSR, he became a member of the Initiative group that founded the Lithuanian Independence Movement Sąjūdis, later he became a member of the Seimas of Sąjūdis, and then - the Chairman of its Council. In the spring of 1989, Vytautas Landsbergis was elected into the Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR, and at the beginning of 1990 - into the Parliament of Lithuania, which also elected him as its head and head of the restored state.
It was then that Vytautas Landsbergis resigned as a professor of musicology and became a full-time politician. Under his leadership, the Republic of Lithuania withstood the hostility and attacks of the Soviet Union, regained the recognition of the restored independence, and joined international organisations.
Presently, Vytautas Landsbergis is a member of the European Parliament. Alongside his main political work and the above publications, he performs in various concert halls playing recitals of piano works by Čiurlionis. He played in Hannover World Fair, the Musee d'Orsay (Paris), the Zachęta Gallery (Warsaw), the Great Hall of Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, in festivals of New York, Kwangju, Edinburgh, Darmstadt, Usedom, Trieste, etc. After the concert given at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in 2007, he was proposed by LNF to record these CDs.