Lithuanian pianist Monika Darzinkeviciute is known for her dazzling and romantic performances. Currently residing in Belgium and Switzerland, she is actively performing around Europe as a soloist and chamber musician.
Monika is a laureate of 9 national and international piano competitions. Among the recent awards are Joseph Darche Piano Prize in Brussels, Belgium and 2nd prize at Luigi Nono Chamber Music Competition in Rivoli, Italy with cellist Natania Hoffman. In 2018, in the context of Benelux 60th Anniversary, Monika performed for the Royal families at the Bozar Henry Le Boeuf Hall in Brussels.
Over the years, Monika had great pleasure to perform W.A.Mozart, L.van Beethoven, F.Chopin and C.Saint-Saens piano concertos with Lviv Chamber, Lithuanian State Symphony, Kaunas Symphony, National M.K. Ciurlionis School of Arts Symphony and Chamber orchestras under direction of Igor Pylatiuk, Modestas Pitrenas, Martynas Staskus.
Highly passionate about chamber music, Monika is often involved in cello-piano duo and piano quartet ensembles. In the context of various festivals, she has collaborated with Frans Helmerson, Justus Grimm, Philippe Grafin, Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider, Tony Nys, David Guerrier among other musicians. Monika appeared at prestigious European festivals such as Encuentro de Santander (Spain); Harmos Festival (Portugal); Academie Internationale d`Ete de Nice (France);Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark); Rencontres Musicales Internationales d’Enghien, Midis-Minimes, Resonances (Belgium); Apeldoorn Festival, Akoesticum Talent Program (The Netherlands); Aurora Festival (Sweden); Bieszczady Bez Granic Piano Forum (Poland); National Students` Academy (M.Rostropovich foundation), Christopher`s Summer Festival (Lithuania).
The recordings of Monika have been broadcasted by Lithuanian National Radio and Television, Musiq3 (Belgium), BRAVA (The Netherlands) channels.
Monika started to play piano at the age of 8 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since then studied at the National M.K.Ciurlionis School of Arts as well as Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater in the class of Veronika Vitaite, Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium) under Daniel Blumenthal and Hans Ryckelynck, Hannover Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (Germany) under Ewa Kupiec. From September 2018 she is continuing her education at Hochschule der Künste Bern (Switzerland). Important artistic inspirations Monika received at the masterclasses with E.Bozhanov, A.R.El Bacha, M.Beroff, D.Pascal,M.Gulyas, V.Samoshko, R.Plano M.B.Pommier, M.Baudet, M.Raekallio, A.Jasinski among others.
Monika is actively interested in social-cultural initiatives. She was involved in mentorship initiative LT Big Brother (first and the only global voluntary professional mentoring programme for Lithuanians around the world) as mentee and later as a mentor.