Minimalism and Romanticism

With the Lithuanian violinist Novile Maceinaitė, Lithuanian pianist Gabrielė Žemaitytė and American baritone Rolfe Dauz

SUNDAY, November 21, 2021 at 3.15 pm


Keizersgracht 566, Amsterdam

In the presence of H.E. Vidmantas Purlys, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania.

The programme includes works by Lithuanian and Italian composers Konstancija BRUNDZAITE, Jurgis GAIŽAUSKAS, Ruggero LEONCAVALLO, Francesco SANTOLIQUIDO, Paolo TOSTI but also woks by John ADAMS, Steven Mark KOHN, Max RICHTER and Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART. Novilė Maceinaitė's elegant and esprit violin playing, warm piano solos by Gabrielė Žemaitytė and colorful baritone sounds by Rolfe Dauz take us on a journey from contemporary minimalism to romantic songs and Italian arias.

About the performers:

Lithuanian violinist Novilė Maceinaitė received her master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, where she studied with Janet Krause and Philippe Graffin. By then she had already won several first prizes at national and international competitions, as a student with Monika Vasiliauskaitė and Dainius Puodžiukas at the National M.K. Čiurlionis Art School of Vilnius. During the final years of her studies Novilė toured Lithuania as one of three selected soloists, playing the Violin Concerto in g-minor by Max Bruch. Novilė has taken part in masterclasses with Andras Keller, Vera Beths, Stephan Picard and Wilfred Strehle. She started playing with Het Residentie Orkest of The Hague when she was still a student. Being a member of several ensembles Novilė performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Muziekgebouw, De Doelen and Tivoli Vredenburg. In 2019 she received a scholarship from the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument. The fund assisted her in purchasing a new instrument, an extraordinary violin by Camillo Mandelli “da Calco” from 1923, Novilė is playing today.

The American baritone Rolfe Dauz studied at the Bard College Conservatory Vocal Arts Program in New York and came to the Netherlands to continue his studies at the Dutch National Opera Academy. He is a recipient of the Holland Scholarship and the Non-EU Talent Grant. Outside of the DNOA Rolfe has been a soloist singing Bach Cantatas with the Bach Collegium ’s-Hertogenbosch. He covered Leporello in the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century production of Don Giovanni and has been on tour with Opera2Day’s production of Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher as the Medic and William. Recently Rolfe performed at the live-streamed concert, Grote Zangers, at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw and was seen at the 2021 Holland Festival performing the role of Wotan/Hingaan Jann in a new opera entitled Ine Aya’ by Indonesian composer Yadi Nursalim Anugerah.

The Lithuanian pianist Gabriele Žemaitytė took her master’s degree at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague in the class of Prof Naum Grubert, after she had started her studies at the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School in Vilnius. Gabrielė performs in various festivals throughout The Netherlands including Kammermuziekfestival in The Hague, Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam and played in de venues such as De Doelen, Het Concertgebouw. In 2019 Gabriele toured China, where she performed in more than twenty different theatres. She took master classes with renowned performers such as Dmitry Bashkirov, Stefan Vladar, Armen Babakhanian, David Breitman, Nina Seriogina, Johannes Meissl and Stephan Picard. Passionate chamber musician, Gabriele actively performs in various chamber music settings. In 2020 she appeared in the TV program Podium Witteman. We congratulate Gabriele Žemaitytė and Rolfe Dauz who, as The Duo Youth and Love, recently won second place at the prestigious Copenhagen Lied-Duo Competition.

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Organized by Litouws Culturee Centrum in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Amsterdam and The Keizersgrachtkerk Amsterdam.
Co financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, as a part of the project Initiatives for disseminating contemporary Lithuanian Culture in the Netherlands/ Šiuolaikinės lietuvių kultūros sklaidos iniciatyvos Nyderlanduose.

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