Described by Daniel Barenboim as "a highly gifted pianist and musician," pianist Gabrielius Alekna has built a prolific performance and recording career bridging the cultures of his birth country of Lithuania and his present home of the United States. After earning over one dozen top prizes in international competition early in his career-including 2nd Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna-he has established himself as a soloist of international renown. Performances include with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO Wien), Juilliard Orchestra, the New Amsterdam and Adelphi Symphony Orchestras (New York), Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), the Belarus State Symphony Orchestra (Minsk), and with nearly every major orchestra and ensemble in Lithuania.
Alekna's distinctive programs and prolific piano repertoire have taken him to 15 countries, including solo recitals in Carnegie Hall, Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery, the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, both Vienna's Musikverein and Bösendorfer Saal, and Finland's Temppeliaukion kirkko. Broadcast recordings of his performances can be found on BBC, WQXR, WWFM, CBC Music, Österreich 1, Bulgarian National Radio, and numerous EuroClassic radio programs.
Alekna is based in New York City, where he serves as both Adjunct Faculty at CUNY's Brooklyn College and as substitute faculty at The Juilliard School.
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