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J.S. Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 I. Allegro

ANDRIUS ZLABYS, pianist

Grammy nominated pianist Andrius Zlabys, has placed himself in the forefront of today�s practitioners of his instrument, having performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony, and Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires, among others.

He has appeared in many of the world's prestigious stages, such as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Col�n, Wigmore Hall, Vienna�s Musikverein and Suntory Hall. Mr. Zlabys has also appeared at numerous festivals both in the United States and abroad, including the Menuhin, Salzburg, Lockenhaus and Caramoor music festivals, and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in 2001 in a performance of Beethoven�s 1st Piano Concerto conducted by Misha Santora. He was invited the following season as soloist with Kremerata Baltica to perform Benjamin Britten�s Young Apollo at Carnegie Hall�s Zankel Hall.

Aside from his recital and solo engagements, Andrius Zlabys has enjoyed collaborations with such renowned musical personalities as violist Yuri Bashmet, violinist Hilary Hahn, and a long-time collaboration with violinist Gidon Kremer with whom Zlabys has toured extensively in Europe, Japan, South America, and the United States. In 2003, Zlabys earned a GRAMMY� nomination for his recording of Enescu�s Piano Quintet with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, and that year was also a prize winner at The Cleveland International Piano Competition, The Plain Dealer described him as a pianist with "spell-binding interpretation".

A multifaceted musician, Andrius Zlabys holds a special reverence for J.S. Bach, garnering a reputation for his "profoundly meaningful revelation of J.S. Bach's music", Septynios Meno Dienos, (Vilnius, Lithuania). The Philadelphia Inquirer noted �The beloved C-major chord� rippled off of Zlabys' hands with such open-hearted rightness that you couldn't escape the notion that the pianist was acting as Bach's ventriloquist...". He also remains a strong advocate for the contemporary stage with numerous works commissioned by and written for him.

Andrius Zlabys began piano studies at the age of six in his native Lithuania and studied with Laima Jakniuniene at the Ciurlionis Art School for eleven years and further continued his arrival in the United States with Seymour Lipkin (Curtis Institute of Music), Sergei Babayan (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Claude Frank (Yale School of Music).

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