St. Christopher Quintet
About St. Christopher Quintet
Although relatively young, the St. Christopher Quintet has already taken part in such festivals as Sugrįžimai (Vilnius, Lithuania), Druskomanija (Druskininkai, Lithuania), Sekmadienio Muzika (Kaunas, Lithuania), FIMU (Belfort, France), the international festival of classical music the Musical summer in Kuzminki (Moscow, Russia) and the Christopher Summer Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania). The quintet has given concerts in Lithuania, France, Russia, and Switzerland.
With the help of the Classical Music Fund of the company Baltic Optical Disc and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the St. Christopher Quintet recorded and published its first compact disc in 2005. The repertoire of the group is comprised of the music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Danzi, Paul Taffanel, Anton Reicha, Henri Tomasi, Samuel Barber, Luciano Berio, Malcolm Arnold, György Ligeti, Jean-Michel Damase, Julius Juzeliūnas, Rūta Vitkauskaitė as well as the pieces for quintets by numerous other composers from various epochs. In order to better reveal the peculiarities and possibilities of the instruments to the audience, the members of the quintet often include solo, duet pieces as well as other ensemble compositions into their concert programs. Moreover, the quintet is expanding the repertoire for woodwind instruments through active cooperation with contemporary composers.
In 2007, the quintet won the first prize as well as the award for the best performance of the obligatory piece at the Henri Tomasi International Competition for Woodwind Quintets in Marseille (France) and as the result has achieved international acknowledgment.
Giedrius Gelgotas, flute
Ugnius Dičiūnas, oboe
Andrius Žiūra, clarinet
Andrius Dirmauskas, french horn
Andrius Puplauskis, bassoon