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Arturas Anusauskas (born in 1964) is a jazz pianist, composer, head
of jazz Department at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
In 1983 he finished M. K. Čiurlionis Art School and in 1988 graduated
from the Lithuanian Music Academy. He has given a number of solo piano
concerts and performed with the State Symphonic and Lithuanian Chamber
Orchestras. At the age of 14 he became interested in jazz music. As a
student of the Lithuanian Music Academy he became the 1st prize winner
in the International Jazz Improvisation competition in Vilnius (1985).
He has been performing not only solo but also with the most eminent
Lithuanian jazz performers in Lithuania and abroad. He has also
participated in various jazz forums, seminars, symposiums in Lithuania
and foreign countries. The most memorable were Niels-Henning Orsted
Pedersen Acoustic Jazz Symposium (1993) and Jazz, Rock and Vanguard
Music at Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium starring jazz professionals from
all over the world (1991),the Berklee College seminars in Germany. Now
currently teaches jazz improvisation at the Lithuanian Academy of
Music and Theatre. Since then, he has played with the most prominent
Lithuanian jazz musicians, including V. Labutis, and the quintet Gone
with Jazz (1996), and the Danish vocalist A. Kierulf and the American
percussionist Aras Biskis. With his quintet the winner of the Grand
Prix at the Birštonas Jazz Festival in 1994, he has appeared at jazz
festivals in Romania, Minsk and Tallinn, and has given concerts in
Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, and elsewhere.
In 1983, Anusauskas began appearing also as a soloist. His major
performances include Gershwin‘s Rhapsody in Blue, performed with the
Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gintaras
Rinkevičius. In 1997, Anusauskas became a laureate of the
International Improvisation Competition in Leipzig, winning also a
special prize for the best polyphonic improvisation.
Anusauskas has participated in the jazz festivals of Kaunas (1995,
2005,2006,2007), Birštonas 2006,2008, Vilnius (1996), Montreux (1996,
1998, 2004), Minsk, Bucharest and Kishinev, and has given concerts in
Estonia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany,
Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. For a time, he was artistic
director of the international student piano music festival, Jazz
Improvisation. He has given master classes in Romania (1994), Moldova
(1999, 2001), and at the Sibelius Music Academy in Helsinki (2005),
participated in international project HARMOS (2004). In the spring of
2003, he participated in the International Jazz-Transit Festival in
Ekaterinburg (Russia), and in the summer that year gave concerts in
Moscow, Slovenia and Germany.
The pianist has recorded CDs: Sleeplessness, with the group Gone with
Jazz (1996), Jazz Classics (2002) and Feast of Silence (2003) with the
Artūras Anusauskas Jazz Quartet as well as participated recording CDs
Christmas Flowers (1999), Die Frauen von Kurt Weill (2002), Gipsy
Songs and Romances (2002).
Making full use of his academic background, Anusauskas intelligently
and inventively, yet at the same time spontaneously, combines of jazz
and academic music.