Mantautas Katinas has delighted audiences with his piano recitals in the Baltic States, Ireland, France, England, Switzerland and Finland. He has also been involved in innovative multidisciplinary projects, combining music with the visual arts, poetry, literature and theatre.
In 2010, Katinas won first prize in the Île de France International Piano Competition and also received the special Philomuses Association prize. Invitations followed for engagements in festivals and special events throughout France, as well as for repeated performances in Paris, promoted by the Philomuses Association.
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Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Katinas has shown a flair for music since his childhood. He gave his first public piano recital at the age of 11, and was successful in several national and international piano competitions (Lithuania, France, Ukraine and Estonia). At the age of 13 he started appearing with orchestras, and among notable performances lists Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Liszt and Rachmaninoff concertos. Katinas has worked with conductors such as Saulius Sondeckis, Josef Walnig and Donatas Katkus, and played with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the St Christopher Orchestra of Vilnius and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.
Mantautas Katinas spent his formative years at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and continued at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with the renowned pianist Sulamita Aronovsky, who continues to guide him.
His repertoire embraces a wide range of composers, in which Nikolai Medtner and Franz Liszt hold a special place for him. Katinas has also distinguished himself in the field of chamber music, notably with the song cycles of Schubert and Schumann.