<…> He is an astonishing talent and a clear winner and had I happened upon his recital in the course of my professional week I would be asking where he had been all my life. Stardom Beckons.
- Edward Seckerson Pianist Magazine -
One of the leading pianists of Lithuania’s new generation, Ugnius Pauliukonis has been performing professionally since the age of 6. After studying with Eilina Stropaite, Donaldas Racys and Valentina Berman, in 2010 Ugnius left Lithuania and moved to the United Kingdom to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is currently working (with both the head of keyboard department Graham Scott and a prominent British pianist Andrew Wilde) as a part of his International Artist Diploma.
During his studies Ugnius has won numerous awards, including RNCM Gold Medal (first ever solo recipient), the Schubert and Mark Ray Prizes, the Recital Prize and a prize at the International Amy Brant Piano Competition in Birmingham.
Most recently, Ugnius was awarded with the Silver Medal Award by the Musicians Company UK and made two debuts at the Wigmore Hall (London) and Bridgewater Hall (Manchester).
As a soloist Ugnius worked with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Beethoven Symphony Orchestra. He has given solo and chamber music recitals in Lithuania, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Latvia and Estonia including the Kaunas Philharmonic Hall (Lithuania), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Wigmore Hall (London) Vilnius Philharmonic Hall (Lithuania), Vilnius Town Hall, Lake District Music Festival (Lithuania), Ribchester Festival, Pazaislis Music Festival, Christopher Music festival, Music Festival Perugia, Rokiskis Music Festival.
In the past Ugnius has worked with famous musicians such as Lang Lang, Jean Efflam-Bavouzet, Matti Raekalio, Stephen Hough, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Eduardo Delgado, Nelson Goerner.
Ugnius is a member of ‘Confero’ Piano Quartet which was formed in the summer of 2016. The quartet has toured Lithuania playing masterpieces by Faure, Schumann, Brahms, Turina.
Future solo engagements includes recitals at Kaunas Philharmonic, South Hill Park (Yamaha UK), New Castle and a concerto debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester.