Inga Liukaitytė is a Lithuanian pianist based in the UK. Praised for the rich colours, intelligence, and depth of her performances, she is active as a performer and teacher.
While Inga loves performing repertoire by Beethoven, Chopin, and Scriabin and many others, she often juxtaposes these pieces with music from her home country to create an original programme that tells a meaningful story. Inga is drawn to philosophical, often difficult topics and enjoys exploring innovative ways to present the music in her performances. One of her latest projects, ‘Music in times of turmoil’, combines solo piano music with storytelling to explore the difficult history of Lithuania, including its occupation by the Soviets and the struggle for independence. In another recital, titled 'Music of Angels', Inga reads her own poetry inspired by the pieces she is performing which helps strengthen the emotional and philosophical impact of the music.
As a Live Music Now! artist, Inga has performed at Chelsea and
Westminster, University College, and West Middlesex hospitals, St Christopher’s Hospice, as
well as care homes and community centres around London. During these engagements, Inga
presents solo and chamber repertoire through interactive concerts and workshops.
Inga has won prizes in more than fifteen international piano competitions in the UK, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, and France. She has performed in prestigious venues such as the Barbican Hall, St James Piccadilly church in London, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and Edinburgh Fringe festival. While still studying in Lithuania, Inga received commendations for her international musical achievements from the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and the Mayor of her hometown, Kaunas.
Inga regularly performs in the UK and abroad, giving recitals at St James’ Paddington, St Brides, St Mary’s Perivale churches in London, as well as Kaunas State Philharmonic Hall in Kaunas, Lithuania, among many others. She holds the Visiting Piano Teacher’s positions at Oakham and Uppingham Schools. Inga regularly leads master classes for the students at Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy and Naujalis Music Gymnasium in
Inga began her music journey at Kaunas Juozas Naujalis Music Gymnasium in Kaunas, Lithuania where she studied with Birutė Kumpikienė, before completing her BMus (1st class Honours) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Fali Pavri and Aaron Shorr. She gained her Masters degree under the tutelage of Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her studies were generously supported by Roderick F. Tuck, Baird Educational, Savoy Club, Kathleen, Denne Gilkes, ir Hope Scott Memorial trusts and Elizabeth Sweeting scholarship.
Inga regularly attends international piano masterclasses and festivals. She has worked with famous pianists such as Dmitri Alexeev, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Steven Osborne, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Ian Fountain, Petras Geniušas, Aleksandra Žvirblytė and others. She has attended courses and seminars on Alexander technique and performance psychology, which has greatly informed her professional work.
Inga is currently pursuing her post-Masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, with Helen Krizos. She is grateful to the Waverly Trust for generously supporting her studies.