Paulius Andersson, a Drozdoff Society Artist-in-Residence, is a Lithuanian-Danish concert pianist who has won over 16 international competitions throughout Europe. Paulius’s most recent achievement is a 2nd Prize at the prestigious S. Rachmaninov piano competition in Moscow in 2020. His recordings of N. Medtner’s “Night Wind” sonata and J.S. Bach-Busoni “Chaconne” were broadcast on the Dutch radio channel “Conzertzender." After hearing his performance of Medtner’s sonata “Night Wind," the renowned Australian pianist Geoffrey Douglas Madge praised Paulius for his incredible feeling for the timing and architecture of the work:
“I have no hesitation in saying that it's the best performance I have ever heard.” (Geoffrey Douglas Madge , 2021 January).
“Paulius Andersson is a wonderfully gifted pianist. Besides his great virtuosity, musicianship and sense of style, Paulius has his distinct artistic personality and a strong stage presence that wins the public.” (Eugen Indjic).
In 2021, he recorded N. Medtner’s 3rd piano concerto with Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2019 at Köln Funkhaus / WDR Sendesaal, Paulius performed chamber music by L.van Beethoven. The concert was broadcast on the German radio channel WDR. In 2017, he released his first CD recording consisting of works by L.van Beethoven, F.Chopin, F.Schubert, J.Vitols, and M.Ravel. He not only has been performing in the most prestigious concert halls in Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Poland, Finland, he’s also been frequently invited to take part in acclaimed International festivals in Lithuania, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Belarus (such as Gradus piano festival, Pažaislis, Bistrampolis Christopher, M.K. Čiurlionis music among others.). In 2005, he was chosen to represent Lithuanian Culture in Japan. In 2012 Paulius has made his debut recital in Washington, D.C., USA.
Paulius has been surrounded by music since the very first day he was born; his family has been renowned musicians for generations (his mother Aleksandra Žvirblytė and his grandmother Veronika Vitaitė are established pianists and professors, and his grandfather Vytautas Žvirblis is a distinguished conductor). At the age of 5, Paulius started playing piano and drums and at age of 7, he enrolled in the National M.K.Čiurlionis Arts Gymnasium ( E.Miklaševskaja, prof. A.Žvirblytė). In 2018 Paulius finished his bachelor's degree studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (prof. Z. Ibelhauptas). In June 2021, Paulius graduated with distinction with his master's degree in performing arts at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusseldorf with Prof. Paolo Giacometti. Since the fall of 2021, Paulius has been pursuing an artist diploma degree at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami under the guidance of the famous American pianist Kevin Kenner. Paulius is a graduate teaching assistant there.
From the very young age of 5 Paulius started performing and throughout the years he performed throughout Europe, Japan, Indonesia, and the United States. At the age of 11, he made his first debut with The St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra, conducted by D.Katkus, performing W.A.Mozart‘s concerto for piano and orchestra D-major.
At the age of 14, he performed S.Prokofjev Concerto for piano and orchestra No 1, W.A.Mozart triple piano concerto, and V.Barkauskas Trio concertante at The Grand Hall of The Lithuanian National Philharmonic with Lithuanian Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra. He has also played in The Grand Hall of The Lithuanian National Philharmonic with The Lithuanian Chamber and Lithuanian Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra, National M.K.Čiurlionis art school Symphony Orchestra conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas, Robertas Šervenikas, Martynas Staškus. In 2014 at The Grand Hall of The Lithuanian National Philharmonic, he performed S.Rachmaninov 3rd piano concerto with Lithuanian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Juozas Domarkas.
Every year Paulius is being invited to perform in Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine - Stalowa Wola, Lublin, Czenstahowa, and Lviv Philharmonic and other important halls with Lviv Music Academy Symphony orchestra (conductors Yuriy Z.Bervetsky, Ihor Pylatiuk), Czenstahowa Philharmonic orchestra (conductor Ihor Dohovic). In 2012 Paulius has performed S.Rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto with Kutaisi state symphony orchestra (conductor Revaz Javakhishvili). In 2014 he performed with Voronezh state symphony orchestra (conductor Igor Verbitsky) In 2015- with Brest College Symphony orchestra, in 2018- with Brest Opera symphony orchestra ( conductor Alexander Sosnovsky), with Lviv Academy symphony orchestra, in 2019-with Lviv Philharmonic Symphony orchestra ( conductor Vlodymir Syvokhipa).
Paulius has championed numerous international competitions in France, Estonia, Ukraina, Russia, Poland, Lithuania (including „Konzerteum“ in Athens , „Musica classica“ in Moscow, N.Rubinstein in Paris, Resonances musicales in Paris, M.Judina in Sankt-Peterburg, „Art of XXI century“ in Kiev, „Music without limits“ in Lithuania the main price - Golden Parnas laureate title in the international festival “Bezcady bez granic” Poland. In 10 of them he was awarded with first price or Grand Prix. In 2018 he became a prizewinner in Neapolitan Masters piano competition ( Naples, Italy).In 2020 Paulius has won 2nd prize at the International S.Rachmaninov piano competition in Moscow
Paulius have been supported by Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, Kauko Sorjosen foundation in Finland, Podkarpacką Fundacją Rozwoju Kultury (Subcarpathian Cultural Development Foundation), V.Spivakov Foundation. From 2013 Paulius is supported by Foundation “Gerasis Ruonis”. Most recently Paulius had received the prestigious scholarship of President of Lithuanian Republic Antanas Smetona for his achievement in music.
Piano and drums improvisation is another Paulius’ passion for which he also received prizes
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Paulius Andersson is a wonderfully gifted pianist. Besides his great virtuosity, musicianship and sense of style, Paulius has his distinct artistic personality and a strong stage presence that wins the public.
Prof. Saulius Sondeckis
..P. Andersson possesses remarkable technical ability, musical hearing and memory, as well as a talent for improvising. A charismatic performer, he moves audiences both with his temperament, as well as lyricism...In my opinion, Paulius Andersson is an exceptional talent, worthy of your attention and support...
Paulius Andersson is one of the best pianists of the young generation in Europe. Paulius perfectly controls the sound and fully reveals color palette of the instrument. This is a very rare feature which regale listeners around the world. Moreover he has unlimited virtuosity skills which allows him to freely perform the most demanding pieces such as paraphrases, transcriptions and concertos for piano and orchestra. His interpretation of the works are well thought out, logical and innovative. Broad range repertoire allows him to freely plan every music project. Paulius Andresson is charismatic artist and his temperament arousing the enthusiasm of the audience. He is great representative of 21st century versatile artists.
Paulius Andersson is extraordinarily talented rising piano star in music world . His artistry , expressive temperament , remarkable virtuosity and high professional level clearly distinguishes him from other young pianists of his generation. Also, Paulius interpretations are very deep , well thought, philosophical and rich in colors. Despite his young age he is already a mature musician