Those in favour of modern classical music will be invited by the Midsummer Vilnius Festival to a concert where exceptional young-generation Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen and the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NIKO), which is famous in the Lithuanian musical context, are to give a performance.
On 17 July, sounds connecting both classical and popular music will cover the old town of Vilnius with a special atmosphere. During the concert, not only will the compositions by founder of NIKO Gediminas Gelgotas be heard, but also pieces by composers such as Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Peteris Vasks and Peter Gregson will be performed.
Mari Samuelsen has received major recognition on the global level due to the combination of professionalism, artistic characteristics and innovativeness which are typical to the performer. Her concerts encompass the subtlety of music, virtuosity, imagination and the innovative approach towards the performance of pieces of music which enables the musician to reach new audiences of listeners.
The NIKO string sextet established by composer and conductor Gediminas Gelgotas consists of talented musicians: each of them separately has won several awards in international competitions. NIKO connects highest-level string instrument excellence and non-traditional playing techniques in their performances.