Gintaras Januševičius rose to fame in May 2004, after the performance at the semi-finals of the Montréal International Music Competition. His interpretation of Études-Tableaux Op. 39 by Rachmaninoff was publicly praised by pianists Jean-Philippe Collard, Akiko Ebi, Michel Dalberto, Lee Kum-Sing, etc. Christophe Huss of Classics Today wrote in his article:
"Gintaras Januševičius glides, like an albatross. His semi-final and final performances were rare revelations for me; they fall outside the scope of competition <...> because they are neither rankable nor quantifiable. All eyes were on Januševičius after the semi-finals, on which he had left his imprint as a kind of apparition from another place, notably with his performance of Rachmaninoff's Études-tableaux Opus 39. <...> We saw him shake up the rhythms, moving forward, straight as a pin, with the simplicity of the master and the vitality of the young man he is. Never is it used for effect, never does the left hand try to gain the upper hand."
Januševičius has performed with respected orchestras, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, both Lithuanian National and Lithuanian State Symphonic Orchestras, etc. He has also appeared at numerous festivals, including the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, Mozartfest Würzburg, Festival Besancon, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, etc. alongside Marina Baranova, Tung-Chieh Chuang, Alexey Gorlatch, Leonid Gorokhov, Samuel Hasselhorn, Felix Klieser, Jacques Lacombe, Fuat Mansurov, Elsbeth Moser, Modestas Pitrėnas, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Alon Sariel, Giedrė Šlekytė, Saulius Sondeckis, Jörg Widmann, the Čiurlionis Quartet, etc.
Januševičius has been a prize winner and finalist of fifteen music competitions all over the world. Since 2013 he mainly focuses on conceptual solo recitals, combining music, theatrical elements, and narration. His most acclaimed programmes include an 80-minute nightly fantasia "The Dreamcatcher", a New York tribute "The New Colossus", and an entertaining take on life story of Chopin, titled "Complete Waltzes by Chopin". With his recitals Januševičius visited most major cities of Lithuania and Germany as well as New York, Washington, D.C., Rio de Janeiro, Shenzhen, London, Paris, Moscow, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Stockholm, Warsaw, Zurich, etc.
Simultaneously to his active artistic output, Mr. Januševičius shares his knowledge and experience in his master classes in Japan, PR China, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and other countries, most notably at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media, the Shenandoah Conservatory, the Shenzhen University, and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Drama. In 2008, at the age of 23 he established a highly successful concert series “Plathner’s Eleven” and served as its artistic director until 2015. He now serves as the artistic director of the piano competition "Einbecker Klavierfrühling", as well as the winter piano academy "Feuerwerk". In 2020 he joined the teaching staff of the Hanover University of Music, Theater, and Medias (HMTM Hannover).
In season 2020-2021 Mr. Januševičius is scheduled to appear on tours and masterclasses in Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Please visit Gintaras Januševičius' website www.janusevicius.com for more information.
Khachaturian - Piano Concerto
Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra / Julius Geniušas
Vilnius Congress Hall
Directed, Edited, and Produced by LRT
Sousa / Horowitz - Stars and Stripes Forever
"The New Colossus"
Directed, Edited, and Produced by Tonstudio Tessmar