Edvinas Minkstimas is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top emerging young pianists, one whose extensive repertory, solid technique and musical expression have led him to performances throughout Europe and North America. Known especially for his repertory of romantic music by Liszt, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, and thrilling audiences with the Paris virtuosos music by Alkan, Thalberg and Herz, Minkstimas also pleases with Bach, Ligeti and Piazolla. Most recently, Minkstimas has won the Belz-Parker Young Artist Award in Memphis, Tennessee. He also won First Prize at the Fifth International Ciurlionis Piano Competition (2007, Vilnius, Lithuania) and has taken top honors at the First Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians (Moscow), the International Knezkova-Hussey Piano Competition (Canada) and European Piano Days (France), among others. His talent at the keyboard has been recognized as well through numerous scholarships and grants for his studies. A native of Kaunas, Lithuania, Minkstimas claims his early artistic influences from the world of Nordic poetry, Baltic mythology and other romantic images. His playing draws inspiration from tales of chivalry or nostalgic episodes, resolving with the powers of spirit, strength and will, and infused with a longing for beauty and reaching beyond the horizon. He strives to convey the lyricism and poetry within a musical work by his displays of virtuoso technique and sees himself strongly influenced by such great pianists as Richter, Rachmaninoff, Michelangeli and Paderewski, as well as the compositions of Brahms, Ligeti and Penderecki. His debut was at age fourteen with The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Vilnius), playing the Grieg Piano Concerto in A-minor. Recently, his performances with The New Juilliard Ensemble (Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NY) were well received, while his solo performances of Mozart and Liszt at the Christopher Festival 2006 (Vilnius) were considered to be highlights of the event. In 2007, he performed the Liszt Second Piano Concerto with The National Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, Minkstimas studies at The Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. He previously received the Artist Diploma from the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) under the tutelage of Michel Beroff. Earlier, he studied in Lithuania with Profesor Veronika Vitaite at The Music Academy of Vilnius. He has taken master classes with pianists Nikolay Petroff, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Idil Beret, Eugene Indjic, Jeffrey Swann, Joseph Kalichstein and Marie Francoise-Bucquet, and other prominent performers such as Itzhak Perlman. Edvinas is very involved with social and charitable causes including the Global Lithuanian Leadership (GLL), a non-profit organization that he founded. The GLL has recently created a Lithuanian tourism initiative.