Rimantas Armonas

Rimantas Armonas

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Cellist Rimantas Armonas (Lithuania) is a laureate of the Government Culture and Art Prize of the Republic of Lithuania, a laureate of the Golden Disc Award Lithuania, and a member of chamber ensembles Armonas-Uss Duo and Armonas Trio. Rimantas Armonas studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1980, he took the 1st place at the International Cello Competition in Minsk (Belarus). Since 1978, Rimantas Armonas has been teaching at the LMTA Department of String Instruments and Department of Chamber Ensemble. From 1986 to 1988, he worked as Professor of cello at the National Institute of Music in Algeria. In 2000–2011, professor was the Head of String Instruments Department of the LMTA Kaunas Faculty. In 2011–2019, cellist worked at the Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy. Since 2018, Rimantas Armonas has been the Head of the LMTA Department of Chamber Ensemble. As a soloist and a member of various chamber ensembles, Rimantas Armonas has given performances in many countries of the European Union and also Canada, Japan, Russia, Belarus, and Algeria. He has performed with Lithuanian and Belarusian orchestras conducted by Juozas Domarkas, Saulius Sondeckis, Donatas Katkus, Modestas Pitrėnas (Lithuania), Pavel Berman (Italy), Olivier Grangean (France), Boris Raisky (Russia) and others. Rimantas Armonas has participated in prestigious classical and contemporary music festivals in Lithuania and abroad. Professor leads masterclasses and participates as a jury member in various competitions in Poland, Belarus, Moldova and Lithuania. More than 40 cellists and a lot of chamber ensemble musicians have completed cello studies under the supervision of professor Armonas. Now, they have all made a successful career in music, both in Lithuania and abroad. The repertoire of cellist Rimantas Armonas ranges from classical music to works of contemporary composers from various countries of the world. Yet, he has always been an enthusiastic promoter of the Lithuanian music. Professor has performed over 50 world premieres of works by Lithuanian and foreign composers. In addition, he has recorded over 150 opuses for Lithuanian and foreign radio stations and released 8 CDs in various countries. Professor Rimantas Armonas has performed, edited and released a number of works for cello solo, cello with piano, piano trio and other chamber ensembles by Lithuanian composers Julius Andrejevas, Valentinas Bagdonas, Feliksas Bajoras, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Vytautas Barkauskas, Justinas Bašinskas, Zita Bružaitė, Jurgis Juozapaitis, Vytautas Germanavičius, Antanas Kučinskas, Bronius Kutavičius, Arvydas Malcys, Onutė Narbutaitė, Anatolijus Šenderovas, Remigijus Šileika, Juozas Širvinskas, and Vladas Švedas.

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