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Directed by conductor Karolis Variakojis and pianist Marta Finkelštein Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis has a growing reputation within the contemporary music world. The team of young and ambitious musicians has taken up the mission of introducing works of experimental Lithuanian and foreign composers to the performance venues. The ensemble’s vision goes beyond sound – but into space, light, movement and narrative – anything that allows for professionally performed music to become a multidimensional creation, blurring lines between genres.
The musicians within the group have finished their studies in leading music colleges throughout Europe; some are still in their studies. The ensemble collaborates with artists from different genres and constantly tries to cross the lines between arts. Synaesthesis at the moment is an ensemble in residence of Lithuanian Composers Union as well as part of Lithuanian Ensemble Network (LENsemble). Ensemble members were mentored by members of Ictus, Klangforum Wien, Quatour Tana, Chordos, and FortVio ensembles.
The ensemble is an active performer on Lithuania’s contemporary music scene and festivals, such as Druskomanija, Ahead and Gaida, DAR (Druskininkai Artists Residence) and Artist Residency in Kintai. Making its first, but very secure steps into the international scene Synaethesis participated in the International Summer Academy in Austria (ISA 2016 and 2017), where both years musicians were awarded the Just Composed interpretation prize for the best performance of the premiered pieces. Synaesthesis is successfully entering international music stage – in 2017 was performing at contemporary music festivals - Melos Ethos in Slovakia and Crossroads in Salzburg and recently got invited to perform in Estonia and Netherlands. In the end of 2017 ensemble received the Young Artist Award from Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and from the Autumn of 2019 ensemble got an honourable title of Vilnius City Ensemble given by Vilnius Municipality.
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"Ensemble Synaesthesis is an ensemble built of young daring musicians wanting to do something new in the Lithuanian scene. It is a very noble move indeed, and the ensemble sure do have the energy to give it a bloody good shot."
Ben Lunn, Baltic Musical Gems, 2016
„<...> Synaesthesis is already not to be called only an academic new music ensemble: despite playing academic music, with their lively approach and belief in what they play, musicians reflect a vivid and present-resounding music image - music, which certainly can be interesting to a curious, random listener, accidentally coming to their concert.”
Maria Paszkiewicz, The Range of
Academic Music, 2016