Ugnius Pauliukonis - pianist, chamber musician, music educator
<…>Pianist Ugnius Pauliukonis took my breath away in the RNCM Gold Medal Weekend. The Magic descended as soon as his hands touched the keys…
-Edward Seckerson editor of the Pianist Magazine
One of the leading pianists of Lithuania’s new generation, Ugnius Pauliukonis has been performing professionally since the age of six. After studying with Eilina Stropaite, Donaldas Racys and Valentina Berman, Ugnius left Lithuania and moved to the United Kingdom to study at the Royal Northern College of Music where he is currently working with both Graham Scott and Andrew Wilde as a part of his International Artist Diploma.
Ugnius has won numerous awards, including RNCM Gold Medal (first ever solo recipient), the Schubert and Mark Ray Prizes, the Recital Prize and a prize at the International Amy Brant Piano Competition in Birmingham. Most recently, Ugnius was awarded with the Silver Medal Award for excellence in performances by the Worshipful Musicians Company UK, as well as PDG Young Artist award from Music Making UK for 2018-2020.
As a soloist Ugnius played with the BBC Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra. He has given solo and chamber music recitals in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and all the Baltic states performing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall (London), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Lithuanian National Philharmonic(Vilnius), Vilnius Town Hall, Kaunas Philharmonic Hall (Lithuania), Lake District Music Festival, Ribchester Festival, Pazaislis Music Festival, Christopher Music festival, Music Festival Perugia, Rokiskis Music Festival. In the past Ugnius has worked with famous musicians such as Lang Lang, Jean Efflam-Bavouzet, Matti Raekalio, Stephen Hough, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Eduardo Delgado, Nelson Goerner.
Ugnius is a member of ‘Confero’ Piano Quartet which was formed in the summer of 2016. The quartet has toured Lithuania playing masterpieces by Faure, Schumann, Brahms, Turina, Brahms, Dvorzak.