Gabrielius Alekna

Gabrielius A.

New York, NY
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Gabrielius delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
2000

Why settle for piano lessons with a guitarist who also teaches drums and viola? This being NYC, start or continue your piano lessons with an actively performing and recording classical pianist with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School and prizes in top international competitions. As a teacher, I am encouraging, enthusiastic, patient, and flexible in teaching adults and children of all levels. I love finding the right individual approach with each of my students, so that I can effectively help them reach their full potential, whether in their first steps in understanding and making music, or in preparation for performances/auditions. My teaching experience includes a teaching fellowship at Juilliard (2002-2004), private lessons since 2000, extensive master classes in US and abroad, and a university-level visiting professorship in my native Lithuania (2011-2016).

My international performing career has led me to appear as soloist with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Austria), the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Amsterdam and Adelphi Symphony Orchestras (both in New York), Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey), Wartburg Community Symphony (Iowa), and the Belarus State Symphony Orchestra in Minsk, while in my native Lithuania I appear regularly with all the major orchestras. I have garnered more than a dozen top prizes in competitions on both sides of the Atlantic, such as Beethoven (Vienna, Austria), Hilton Head (United States), and Maria Canals (Spain) International Piano Competitions.

Among the venues where I have enjoyed performing solo are New York’s Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery, the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Vienna’s Musikverein, New York’s Symphony Space and Adelphi University, Helsinki’s (Finland) Temppeliaukion kirkko, large halls of National Philharmonic Societies of Belarus and Lithuania, and others. I do love to perform chamber music as well, and have played with numerous outstanding instrumentalists and singers.

I am passionately interested in the piano music by 20th-Century Lithuanian avant-garde composers Vytautas Bacevičius and Jeronimas Kačinskas, and have shared this interest through several critically acclaimed recordings. The British label ‘Toccata Classics’ has issued two volumes in an ongoing series of Bacevičius' piano music (2012 and 2016). In this project, I had a fortune to collaborate with the five-time Grammy-winning producer Judith Sherman and the five-time Grammy-nominated pianist Ursula Oppens. My recording of Vytautas Bacevičius’ piano concertos Nos. 3 and 4, with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the three-time Grammy-nominated conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee was released by the largest classical music label 'Naxos' in 2015. Jeronimas Kačinskas' piano works appeared in 2013 on another release by 'Toccata Classics'.

I am looking forward to welcoming you in my studio!

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Experience

Piano Faculty at After School Arts with Juilliard
Jan 2017 - Present
Nord Anglia International School New York

Private Piano and Music Theory Instructor
Jan 2000 - Present
My studio

Visiting Associate Professor
Sep 2011 - May 2016
Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Co-founder, Organizer, Faculty Member and Performing Artist
Feb 2013 - Aug 2014
Birštonas Summer Arts Academy, Birštonas, Lithuania

Piano Minor Instructor
Sep 2002 - May 2004
The Juilliard School

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance
Sep 2000 - May 2006
The Juilliard School, New York
Master of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 1998 - May 2000
The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 1996 - May 1998
The Juilliard School

Languages

Lithuanian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Russian
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Steinway Educational Partner
May 2018
Steinway & Sons

Awards

Young Artist Prize
Nov 2010
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Richard F. French Prize for outstanding work on a doctoral dissertation
May 2006
The Juilliard School, New York
Second Prize
Jun 2005
International Beethoven Piano Competition, Viena, Austria

Affiliations

The Leschetizky Association
Feb 2015

The purpose of the Association shall be to honor the memory of Theodor Leschetizky by perpetuating his ideals
and principles of piano playing and teaching, and by furthering awareness of his compositions. The Association
also aims to foster the growth and development of fine piano-playing and an appreciation of the musical arts
through activities consistent with those set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation. The Association is a New
York not for profit corporation.

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Martyna Jul 24, 2018
Piano · Online

I have been studying piano with professor Gabrielius Alekna in Vytautas Magnus University's Music Academy (Lithuania) for three years. Now we continue our lessons online and I am more than pleased to work with him - he is an amazing pianist, caring teacher and one of the most wonderful people that I've ever met. Over this time Gabrielius taught me to hear and understand (classical) music in new and very subtle ways, encouraged me to take challenging music pieces and successfully helped understand, learn and perform them. With Gabrielius' lessons and help I've won national and international piano solo and accompanists competitions, discovered new ways of interpretating music in piano duet and chamber music ensemble. Gabrielius' teaching distinguishes itself by calm and professional approach, which makes the learning process seem rather easy and pleasant than challenging or requiring much effort. The methods used by Gabrielius help achieve excellent quality in one's playing and create the feeling of freedom, which makes the music flow...

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Susan Jul 22, 2018
Piano · In studio

Gabrielius is a brilliant teacher who cares very much about his students. He has taught my son piano for over 4 1/2 years and in that time has helped him to reach beyond what he thought he could do. He is very thoughtful and dedicated in finding the right techniques and repertoire to challenge my son and allow him to grow. His ability to connect with his students is exceptional, so much so that we moved from Virginia in order to be closer for lessons. What my son has liked best is that Gabrielius has taught him to hear and think about music in a new way.

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