Gleb Pysniak1
Born in 1987 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Gleb Pyšniak is one of the brightest in his generation of Baltic cellists.

He made his concerto debut at age 14 in Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall as a soloist with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under prof. Saulius Sondeckis. Since then he has performed internationally in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Holland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Poland, Portugal, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy in prestigious venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Vienna Musikverein, Casa da Musica of Porto, Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, Hofburg palace in Vienna, Teatro Verdi in Pisa, at the Great Guild of Riga City, Edvard Grieg’s home – Troldhaugen Museum, Moscow Conservatory Rachmaninov Hall, Vilnius City Hall, Vilnius Congress Palace, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kaunas Philharmonic and others. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (conductor Andris Vecumnieks), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (conductor Georg Mark), Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (conductor prof. Saulius Sondeckis), Symphony Orchestra of Porto (conductor Alexandr Shelley), Symphony Orchestra of Kaunas (conductor Modestas Pitrenas), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Vidzeme Chamber Orchestra (conductor Andris Veismanis) and others.

Gleb Pyšniak has worked with several internationally recognised maestros including Yo-Yo Ma, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Geringas, Philippe Muller, Heinrich Schiff, Philippe Bary, Alexander Boyarsky, Lluis Claret, Dmitri Ferschtman, Michael Flaksman, Johannes Goritzki, Maria Kliegel, Reinhard Latzko, Monika Leskovar, László Mezö, Elena Očic, Miklós Perényi, Jérôme Pernoo, Jeroen Reuling, Gustav Rivinius, Silvija Sondeckienė, Eleanora Testelec, Hege Waldeland.

Gleb Pyšniak is a prize-winner of many national and international competitions including the Karl Davydov IV International Cello Competition; the 1st prize as well as a special prize Accord case winner of the VI Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Poreč , the 1st prize as well as a special prize of the August Dombrovskis VI International Competition, the 1st prize in the competition of string instruments of all Lithuanian academies in 2008, Grand Prix in the competition organized by the society of Jews in Lithuania in 2008, Yamaha Award winner in 2010, and in addition to winning many others.

In 2005 Mr. Pyšniak was awarded a grant of the Monsignor Kazimieras Vasiliauskas Fund. In 2006 he was awarded by Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus for the making known the cultural name of Lithuania abroad. In 2009 Gleb Pyšniak was selected the “New Master on Tour“ in the International „Holland music sessions“ and able to perform in the world’s famous concert halls. In 2012 during the festival „ISA Prague-Vienna-Budapest“ together with violinist Dalia Dedinskaite Gleb Pyšniak won „Kodály Award“ for an outstanding performance of Zoltán Kodály Duo op. 7 for violin and cello.

In 2008 he performed a world premier with prof. David Geringas, prof. Rimantas Armonas and others – CONCERTO DA CAMERA for 7 cellos by Vytautas Laurušas and after recorded it. In 2008 he made recording for the National Latvian Radio.

Mr. Pyšniak began his formal studies in 1998 at the Balys Dvarionas Ten-Year Music School under Tatjana Kuc. Afterwards, he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre as a student of prof. Rimantas Armonas. He currently studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as a student of prof. Johannes Meissl and at the Konservatorium Wien University as a student of prof. Natalia Gutman.

Meet Our Soloist for 05.12.2015 – Gleb Pyšniak