House Concert January 9, 2016
Ruta Kuzmickas - pianist
Hunter Noack - second piano accompaniment for concerto
J.S. Bach: from the WTC Book II: Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A-flat Major, BWV 866
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata Op. 120, No. 13 in A Major, D664
I. Allegro moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73
II. Adagio un poco mosso
III. Rondo: Allegro
Ruta Kuzmickas, 19, was born to Lithuanian parents in Park City, Utah.
Shortly afterwards, her family moved to Las Vegas, where she began her
piano studies at age 6. Since moving to Portland in 2008, Ruta has
been an active performer in various musical settings spanning from solo
recitals to chamber and new music concerts. She attended the Aspen
Music Festival and School as a student of renowned pianist Ann Schein
for two summers (2012 and 2013). Ruta has performed in masterclasses
for esteemed pianists Arnaldo Cohen, Simone Dinnerstein, Hans Boepple,
Kirill Gerstein, Nelita True, Jeffrey Kahane, Gianluca Luisi,
Craig Sheppard, John Perry, and most recently, Emanuel Ax.
Ruta received a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the
United States in 2011 and appeared as a soloist and Jack Kent
Cooke Young Artist Award recipient on NPR's From the Top.
Ruta was named first place winner of the MTNA State Senior
Division in 2012 and is now a two-time winner of the MetroArts
Van Buren Concerto Competition, having performed as a concerto
soloist in both 2009 and 2013. In addition, she has been recognized
as a National YoungArts Foundation Winner for two consecutive
years. This past summer, Ruta was a finalist in the Jacob Flier
International Piano Competition in New Paltz, NY, and later won
Grand Prix in the D category of festival-competition
"Music Without Limits" in Druskininkai, Lithuania. Among her
wide-spanning interests, she loves film, literature, and visual art.
Ruta currently studies with Dr. Robert Roux as an undergraduate
at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas.