Vilhelmas Čepinskis in Pažaislis Music Festival

Vilhelmas Čepinskis is a violin virtuoso and conductor who justified all teacher’s hopes.

V.Čepinskis was born in Kaunas on March 19, 1977. Music always sounded at parent’s home; therefore, the professional choice of the son was no secret.

Vilhelmas Čepinskis studied violin at the Julliard Music School (USA) with Dorothy DeLay, and later at the Lithuanian Academy of Music with Stanislovas Čepinskis (graduated in 1999). In 1999 he participated in mastership courses held by Itzhak Perlman.

Čepinskis started giving concerts when he was only seven: in 1984 he performed at the Kaunas Philharmonic, in 1987 he played with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

In 1988 he won International Kocian Violin Competition in the Czech Republic, in 1989 he won the nationwide USSR competition and became the laureate of the New Names Fund.

The violinist has given concerts together with the most famous world performers: V.Spivakov, J.Bashmet and G.Kremer, in 1998 he toured the United States of America giving concerts together with the pianist W.T.Smiddy. The violinist has performed in many of the most renowned concert halls of the world: in 1996 in Tilles Center (New York), in 1997 Carnegie Hall (New York), in 1999 Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), in 2000 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

Vilhelmas Čepinskis has participated in the following international music festivals: in Meranofest, Ankara, Westfold, Pažaislis and Vilnius festivals and has given solo concerts and concerts with orchestras all over Europe, the Dominican Republic and the United States of America.

By personal invitation of Yehudi Menuhin, Čepinskis played together with the London Symphony Orchestra, performed during the official visits of the Queen of Sweden and Norwegian Royal Family to Lithuania. Vilhelmas Čepinskis has been constantly giving concerts at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic and has participated in the Philharmonic season, opening and closing concerts, which were broadcasted on the national television.

The violinist has recorded five compact discs that demonstrate a comprehensive repertoire of classical violin music. Numerous awards have proved the quality of Vilhelmas Čepinskis’ performance. In 1991 he was awarded the Mariapia Fanfani Fund medal "Together for Peace", which was presented by the Queen of Spain, in 2003 the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus awarded him with the Cross of the Knight for his merits to the country.

In 2005 Vilhelmas Čepinskis established and started heading the string ensemble Camerata Klaipėda (Camerata Palatina Vilnensis from 2011).

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