Thursday 2nd May 2019
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
On Thursday 2nd May 2019, Lithuanian pianist Rokas Valuntonis (2017 CMF Artist) vowed a packed St Bart’s the Great with a wide-ranging solo recital.
Culminating in a standing ovation, Rokas Valuntonis presented a colossal programme, music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Schumann, Scriabin, Debussy, Scarlatti, and Liszt. The setting was intimate: the audience arranged in a semicircle with the stage and the stunning specially lit for the occasion. The audience contained a number of high-profile figures from the music industry, as well as a delegation from the Lithuanian Embassy in London. After an enthralling performance of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Rokas rewarded the applause with Vladimir Horowitz’s virtuosic Carmen Variations as an encore. Read Christopher Axworthy’s review here. (Photos by one31studio)
Christopher Axworthy, Artistic Director of the Keyboard Charitable Trust
a memorable evening where surely his great love of performing together with his unique poetry and artistry are the hallmarks of an important career that awaits.