‘Confero’ Piano Quartet was formed in the summer of 2016, during the Pažaislis Music Festival in Lithuania. The quartet consists of four young, aspiring artists: Pianist - Ugnius Pauliukonis, Violinist - Algirdas Šochas, Violist - Ieva Sruogytė and Cellist - Raphael Unger. All four musicians have been friends for more than a decade and have been playing together in various different music projects e.g. duets, trios, string quartets and other instrumental ensembles. The members of the quartet are based in different countries, (Germany, France, and the UK). As a result, the ensemble rehearses in different countries every time and this is where the name ‘Confero’ comes from, which translates as 'to gather'.
‘Confero’ Piano Quartet is very unique because every programme has got a very clear line of the musical plot and is always planned in a way that the audience get to explore different formations of instruments, often combining as duets, piano trio, string trios and finally finishing the concert as a full Piano Quartet.
Not only the quartet is performing in a more classical way but they also explore other musical areas. With the help of Dalcroze, Suzuki and Kodaly methods the quartet successfully runs educational concerts and workshops for children of different age groups, teenagers, and adults.
Artists of the ‘Confero’ are very interested in contemporary music. For them it is very important to give a ‘life’ to the pieces that have just been written, never been performed or performed very rarely. As a world class ensemble, ‘Confero’ includes contemporary/modern music into every concert they play.
Since the beginning of 2019, Confero Piano Quartet has introduced two new members: Violist - Jonė Kaliūnaitė and Cellist - Vytautas Sondeckis. We hope that they will help us to spread our love and passion for music around the world!
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