The members of the young and ambitious Art Vio String Quartet – Ingrida Rupaitė-Petrikienė (1st violin), Kristijonas Venslovas (2nd violin), Tomas Petrikis (viola) and Povilas Jacunskas (cello) – are graduates of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. The ensemble was formed in Vilnius in 2003 and immediately began performing in concert. In just a few years, the Quartet built up an impressive list of distinguished performances while performing a wide range of works. The members of the Quartet are committed to stylistic diversity and to performing a broad spectrum of music – from the great classical masterpieces to contemporary works. Their repertoire includes works by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Edvard Grieg and Maurice Ravel, as well as those by Lithuanian composers Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Juozas Naujalis, Eduardas Balsys, Osvaldas Balakauskas, Juozas Širvinskas, Faustas Latėnas and Anatolijus Šenderovas.
Art Vio were prizewinners at the 2003 Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Vilnius and took part in the 2004 Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition in Finland. For several years in a row, the group has polished its ensemble technique at master courses in Reichenau (Austria) where they have been tutored by members of the Amadeus, Artis, Bartók, Hagen, Janáček and Smetana quartets.
The ensemble is dedicated to promoting works by Lithuanian composers. One of these Lithuanian programmes was recently performed in Berlin to wide public and critical acclaim, at a concert to commemorate distinguished Lithuanian and German composers and artists, which was organised by the renowned German composer and conductor, Kurt Dietmar Richter. Art Vio has also recorded quartets by the Lithuanian composers Balsys and Latėnas.