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Rheingau Festival award!

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Vestard Shimkus has been awarded with the “LOTTO-Förderpreis 2014″ of the prestigious international “Rheingau Musik Festival”. It is a prize of EUR 15000 which is awarded annually to an outstanding young musician perfoming at this festival. The jury (which includes the conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the director of the festival[...]

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International Classical Music Awards nomination!

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The SACD album “Wagner Idyll. Vestard Shimkus” has just been nominated for the prestigious International Classical Music Awards 2014 in the “Solo Instrument” category along with albums of Arcadi Volodos, Andras Schiff, Nelson Goerner, Maria Joao Pires, Rudolf Buchbinder and Aldo Ciccolini. Source: www.icma-info.com

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Excerpts from two reviews about the recent debut recital at the Rheingau Festival, Germany

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“A brilliant debut.(..) Fascinating, how attentively Shimkus presented the works of different [Wagner] transcribers.(..) The radiant harmonic grounds of “Siegfried-Idyll” could be heard even… more meaningfully than in the original orchestral version.(..) Cool, souvereign and concentrated.”(Offenbach-Post) “A restless enthusiasm and technical brilliance.(..) He evoked Wagner’s orchestral sound with a lucid[...]

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