Professor Zbignevas Ibelgauptas (Lithuania) is a graduate of the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art (Vilnius, Lithuania). He earned his degree at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where later he successfully completed postgraduate studies (1987).He was a laureate of several competitions: at the National Competition for Young Pianists in 1979, he was awarded the 1st prize; at the International M. K. Čiurlionis Piano Competition of 1982 he also took the 1st place, and in 1991 was announced the winner of the International Competition of Piano Duos in Rome (Italy).
In 1988, Zbignevas Ibelgauptas joined the staff of the LMTA Piano Department, and from 2009 to 2011 acted as the Head of the Department and Chair of the LMTA Doctoral Committee. From 2011 to 2021 he was the Rector of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas is a frequent participant of numerous musical events in Lithuania and abroad such as, among others, international festivals in Germany (Usedomer musik festival), Canada (Music Niagara), Poland ( Warszawska Jesień (Warsaw Autumn), Denmark (Musikhost), Ljubljana Summer Festival in Slovenia, festivals in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine. Since 1989, Zbignevas Ibelgauptas has been performing in a piano duo with Rūta Rikterė. The duo has given recitals in Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Slovenia, Ireland, Latvia, and Russia. The piano duo has also released several CDs. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas is frequently involved in the work of organising and judging committees at various international and national competitions: he was a member of the jury at the International M. K. Čiurlionis Competitions, the International S. Vainiūnas Competitions, the International Young Virtuoso Competitions in Riga, Tallinn international Piano Competition, and many other events. In 1997, Zbignevas Ibelgauptas was awarded the National Culture and Arts Award. In 2016 he was awarded the title of Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star of the Kingdom of Sweden.