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Champions of high-quality art

Culture plays an essential role in the Lithuanian society. Yearly curated film festivals such as Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris draw more than 120,000 attendees, while the Vilnius Book Fair, the largest in the Baltic States, attracts over 70,000 visitors each year. Here, art is enjoyed and loved by people from all walks of life, and its appreciation unites the entire society. You might even say that Lithuanians are a tad spoiled by the quality of cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions, and thus always expect creators to raise the bar even higher.

Meanwhile, the MO Museum, opened in 2018, was designed by the renowned international architect Daniel Libeskind to house a private collection of important Lithuanian artworks. And the response from the local community has been huge, with the museum breaking all previous Lithuanian attendance records. And that’s not all–in 2021, MO Museum was awarded the Portimão Museum Prize as the most welcoming and friendly museum in Europe.

Lithuanian female creators bring their own twist to classical music

Lithuanian female composers and performers have a talent for making an impression on the international music stage. Three artists in particular have received substantial recognition globally for their originality and creativity. These are the opera singer Asmik Grigorian, conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė.

Asmik Grigorian is a Lithuanian opera singer, founding member of the Vilnius City Opera and two-time recipient of the Golden Cross of the Stage, the highest theatre award in Lithuania. Grigorian was recognized at the International Opera Awards in 2016 as the best young female singer, and in 2019 as the female opera singer of the year. That same year, the Austrian Music Theatre Awards honoured her for best leading role for her performance in the opera Salome at the Salzburg Festival. She continues her solo career on prestigious world stages–in Vienna, Paris, and Madrid.

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is a conductor and music director of the Salzburg State Theatre and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, the classical music portal Classic FM named her the world’s best female conductor. She is also a recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is acclaimed for her musicality and ability to unlock the hidden depths of musical works.

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė is a New York-based Lithuanian composer. In 2020, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. With the album In Search of Lost Beauty… she received two gold medals at the Global Music Awards as the best composer and for the best album. She is also a recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts.

 

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