The piano trio FortVio (Indrė Baikštytė – piano, Ingrida Rupaitė – violin, and Povilas Jacunskas – cello) stands out for its polished performance technique and expressive power, and is also renowned for its interpretations, which are sometimes seasoned with a dash of humour. The ensemble’s repertoire consists of pieces from various periods (from the Viennese Classical era and 19th century European Romanticism to 20th century music and works by Lithuanian composers) that are often blended into the programme of a single concert.
FortVio’s members have been playing together since 2006. In that same year, the ensemble was awarded 1st prize at the 5th International Stasys Vainiūnas Piano and Chamber Ensemble Competition (Vilnius, Lithuania), represented Lithuania at the international festival Dialogue of Cultures organised by the Moscow Conservatory and participated in the 16th International Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest (Austria) master classes and competition, where it was granted the award for an exceptional performance of a Viennese Classical piece as well as a special prize for the best interpretation of a piece of chamber music (the latter prize was also awarded to the ensemble the following year). In September of the same incredibly productive year 2006, the trio was granted the 3rd Prize at the 13th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Poertschach (Austria). In 2008, FortVio was granted the 2nd Prize as well as two special awards at the 3rd S. I. Taneev International Chamber Ensemble Competition. In 2009, the piano trio became the laureate of the Golden Disc award established by the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union. In 2012, FortVio became an active member of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). In 2013, the trio was granted the Grand Prix in the chamber ensemble category at the International Master Competition for Music Teachers (Warsaw).
The President of the Republic of Lithuania has awarded the trio with notes of appreciation for their contribution to Lithuanian culture. In 2015, the ensemble is a recipient of the prestigious Arts and Culture Prize of the Lithuanian Government.
This ensemble is like a new theatre group gathered under the influence of mysterious laws of nature.
Edmundas Gedgaudas, 7 meno dienos