Darius Mazintas (piano) , Lithuania
"Darius Mažintas is a young and though experienced piano soloist. Mr. Mažintas has already won attention and recognition of our audiences with his exceptional interpretations. He is being recognized for his unique distinctive musicianship, and is worth of international public notice."
Conductor Prof. Saulius Sondeckis, 2010
Darius Mažintas is one of the most prominent Lithuanian pianists of a young generation. He is a winner of number of international piano competitions, including "A. Rubinstein Competition" (France, 2003), International Stasys Vainiūnas competition (2000), "Konzerteum" (Greece, 1998), "Citta di Senigalia" (Italy, 1996), "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte" (Czech Republic, 1995), "Pietra Ligure" (Italy, 1997) and others. Mažintas actively performs as a soloist giving concerts in the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Netherlands and other countries.
Mr. Mažintas has appeared in many prestigious music festivals, including Aspen Music Festival (USA), Westchester Piano Festival (USA), Sommerakademie (Germany), and Holland Music Sessions (Holland) where he recently was selected as an artist of the festival and was invited to perform in the season 2010/ 2011 at the concert series "New Masters on Tour"; the last and the main concert of this tour will take place at the famous Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
In addition to the solo career Mažintas collaborates with orchestras and regularly performs chamber music. His collaborations with singers include such names as Virgilijus Noreika and Sandra Janušaitė among others. Pianist is a frequent guest on Lilthuanian Radio and TV programs.
Along with his concert career Mažintas participates in an outreach programs in promoting classical music for the youth. In autumn of 2006, Mažintas developed and ran a classical music educational program in some 30 high schools in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. The purpose of the project was to present live classical music to the young people. The project turned out to be a great success and was well received by students. For the whole project time, life classical music was heard by about 5000 students.
Mažintas was born in 1982 in Vilnius. Since 1988 he studied at M. K. Čiulionis Art school, then continued studies at B. Dvarionas music school. Darius Mažintas studied at the world famous G. Verdi Conservatorio di musica in Milano, Italy. In 2010 pianist graduated the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and was awarded the art licenciate degree.