Palendriai International Composers' Course 2016

About year 2016

During its third year The International Composers’ Course 2016 is moving to a picturesque space of Raudondvaris Castle Arts Incubator where all the creative work will take place. This years’ course will be led by two dynamic personalities: Gorka Hermosa and Rūta Vitkauskaitė. At the end of this vibrant week a premiere concert will become a pinnacle of creative process.

GORKA HERMOSA was born in 1976 in Urretxu (Basque Country). He is a multifaceted musician: an accordion player, a composer and teacher, a writer. Gorka Hermosa was the first Spanish accordionist to play as a soloist with an symphonic orchestra. He often appears in Spanish TV and radio shows and gives concerts all around Europe. Gorka plays a wide variety of genres including flamenco, fado, folk, pop-rock, jazz, techno, fusion. His works are often played by musicians all around the globe including some famous winners of the most prestigious accordion competitions. Gorka has published 3 CDs and has made more than 20 discographical collaborations. He has written 4 books about accordion and given conferences in Macedonia, Italy and Spain. At present he is the accordion teacher of the “Jesús de Monasterio” Musical Conservatory of Santander.

RŪTA VITKAUSKAITĖ (born 1984) is a composer, performer, new music event organiser and a teacher. Her musical interests are widely varied – while working in the field of classical composition (PhD at Royal Academy of Music at the moment, in 2009 Masters at Lithuanian Academy of Music), Ruta has also been active initiator of experimental music projects (music visualization, acoustic surround, music personalization), organizer (2006-2013 director of Druskomanija festival and workshop series the Process), performer (violin, piano, voice, electronics). Since moving to UK, Ruta has developed deep interest in music education (Learning Trainee at BCMG, Fellow at Open Academy at RAM, since 2013 working creatively with people living with dementia) and in research in personal music performance.  

TUTORS

Gorka Hermosa (SPAIN)
Rūta Vitkauskaitė (LITHUANIA/UNITED KINGDOM)

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Martynas Levickis (LITHUANIA)

LECTURERS

Simas Sapiega (LITHUANIA)
Jonas Vilimas (LITHUANIA)

COMPOSERS

Tze Yeung Ho (NORWAY – CANADA)
Emma Wilde (UNITED KINGDOM)
Glen Thomas Downie (NEW ZEALAND)
Ian Mikyska (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Magnus Nyhagen Asplund (NORWAY)
Marco Muilwijk (THE NETHERLANDS)
Robin Haigh (UNITED KINGDOM)
Wingel Gilberto Pérez Mendoza (MEXICO)
Aleksandar Savić (SERBIA)

ACCORDIONISTS

Maris Rozenfelds (LATVIA)
Liāna Stankēviča (LATVIA)
Laimonas Salijus (LITHUANIA)
Agnė Rimgailaitė (LITHUANIA)
Agnė Dūkštaitė (LITHUANIA)
Tadas Motiečius (LITHUANIA)

WIND PLAYERS

Simonas Tamulis (clarinet) (LITHUANIA)
Mikas Kurtinaitis (tuba) (LITHUANIA)

STRING PLAYERS
Danielė Brekytė (violin) (LITHUANIA)
Campbell Parker (viola) (UNITED KINGDOM)
Elena Daunytė (cello) (LITHUANIA)