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Gailė Griciūtė

Personal Information

b. 05.06.1985 Kaunas, Lithuania

Education and degree

2009–2012    Sibelius Academy/Helsinki (Prof.Erik T. Tawaststjerna, Ilmo Ranta- since year 2010) Masters degree - Piano

2010 (1/1–31/5)    Norwegian music academy (Prof. Einar Steen-Nøkleberg) Nordplus exchange programme

2007–2009    Sibelius Academy/Helsinki (Prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna) Certificate: Bachelor of Music – Piano

2006–2007    Sibelius Academy/Helsinki (Prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna) Exchange Program Erasmus – Piano

2004–2006    Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (Assoc.Prof.Aleksandra Žvirblytė)

Work experience

2013–present    Piano teacher at Kilu Music School (Bhutan)

2008    Private corepetitor 

2003    Kaunas State Puppet Theatre  - A theatre musician 

2000    Private piano teacher 

2000    Freelance pianist

Piano teaching

Gailė Griciūtė has been teaching piano privately for over 10 years to students of different ages from different musical backgrounds. Along with this, she has been studying piano pedagogy and pedagogical psychology in The Lithuanian Academy of Music and The Sibelius Music Academy in Finland. In addition, she has been attending numerous pedagogical seminars while improving her pedagogical practice over years of constant work with her students. Some of her students have been trained as professional piano players, while some have regarded piano playing as a leisure activity.

She concentrates on building a firm piano technique for her students, so that they would be able to use it to perform widely different pieces. Other important elements have always been to develop score reading and a broad knowledge of the repertoire. She considers it very important to give her students the basics of music history, music theory and improvisation.

All these elements make up an important part of her piano teaching. They help to develop pianistic aspects, student’s musicality and their general approach towards music.

Projects and performances

2012    Electroacoustic improvisation with dance, a laboratory started by A. Olarte and M. Decoster-Taivalkoski, followed by performances in MUTEFEST 2012 festival, “Black Box”, Music house and performance in ”Ptarmigan”, shipping container in Lasipalatsinaukio.

2011    Pierrot Lunaire and Drei Schattenträume – musical theater project : Miika Hyytiäinen -composer, Jaakko Nousiainen - theater director, Annika Fuhrmann-soprano, Taavi Oramo - clarinet, Kari Olamaa - violin, Johanna Tarkkanen - cello, Turkka Inkilä - flute, performing A. Schoenberg’s composition- Pierrot Lunaire and Miika Hyytiäinen‘s Drei Schattenträume. Performance on the 4th of April in Conservatory of Helsinki and 15th and 16th of September in Cable factory in Turbine hall in Helsinki. Year 2012, performance in Kamarikesa, chamber music festival ,House of Nobility (Ritarihuone), Helsinki.

2011/9/26    A project by Greek visual artist Panagiotis Balometos and Canadian composer James Andean, making and installation, based on L. Cherubini opera Medea. Performed in Night of arts festival, Design Museum, Helsinki.

2010    Participation in Jyväskylän pianokilpailu

2009    Performance in the opening of exhibition: Message to the World. THE BALTIC WAY: 20 Years Later at Helsinki City Hall.

2008    Solo recital in Tuomiokirkko Kripta, organised by Lithuanian Embassy in Finland.

2008    Project with graphic designer, who made video installation on K.Szymanovski‘s song cycle “Songs of Infatuated Muezzin“, performance with Latvian singer Anna Krauja in Latvian Community House. 

2007–2008    Concerts in Polish, Latvian Embassies and Kirpilä Art Hause in Finland together with vocalist.

2007    Participation in Radion Schedrin massterclass and performing Radion Schedrin‘s composition in Espoo Kultuuri saali. Being filmed performing and giving an interview for a documentary film about composer Radion Schedrin.

2000    Various performances as a soloist and chamber musician in Lithuania, Latvia and Finland.