Prof. Jone Kaliunaite
Born in Vilnius in 1971, Jone Kaliunaite began her training in violin at the Art and Music School of Vilnius, where she changed the violin for the viola later in 1986. From 1989 to 1991, she studied viola with Prof. P. Radzevicius at the Lithuanian Music Academy.
She moved to Lübeck in 1991 and started her studies with Prof. Barbara Westphal at the Musikhochschule Lübeck where she received the Art Diploma in 1995. In 1996, she continued studies with Professor Westphal as candidate for the Concert Exam and also became private student of Prof. Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
In 1998, she passed the Concert Exam with distinction at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. She participated in viola master classes of W. Levin, S. Führlinger, and Th. Riebl. She has had much success at various national and international competitions. Her honors include scholarships from the Possehl Foundation Lübeck and the German Academic Exchange Service. In addition, she won the Soviet Republics Competition and took third place in the Concours International de Genève.
Ms. Kaliunaite is highly in demand for solo, chamber music and concert performances. She has given numerous solo performances with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra and has played in chamber music concerts with, among others M.Vengerov, E.Brunner, Z.Bron, F.Killian, U.Hoelscher, W.Rademacher, S.Picard, G.Schiefen, the Amati Ensemble and F.Groben. She has made radio and TV recordings as well as CD recordings with various chamber music ensembles including the Mannheimer Streichquartett, Z. Bron, and D. Klöcker. Since 1991 J.
Kaliunaite has been active in many orchestras as principal viola of Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra (Hamburg), Kölner Kammerochester, Bamberger Symphoniker, Essener Philharmoniker, Beethoven Orchester (Bonn), Camerata Academia (Salzburg), Frankfurt Opera, and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt. She has a teaching assignment at the Folkwang Musikhochschule Essen since 1999 and since 2005 she has a Professorship for Viola at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken.