Darius Klisys

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Darius Klišys is one of the most innovative birbyne players in Lithuania (birbyne or reedpipe is an original Lithuanian woodwind instrument).
     Since 1997 he has recorded 15 CDs: baroque, contemporary and experimental electronic music.
     In 2008, Darius performed solo with his project “Water Serpents” at the 17th
International Electroacoustic Music Festival “Primavera en la Habana” in Cuba.
In April 2009, he won the YouTube Symphony Orchestra contest and was invited to the YTSO summit to perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
   In recent years he has been playing with such outstanding musicians like Marek
Toporowski (harpsichord/organ, Poland), Bozhena Korczyńska (sopilka, Ukraine), Sergej Tcherepanov (harpsichord/organ, Germany/Russia), Sonata and Rokas Zubovas (piano duo, Lithuania), Darius Polikaitis (conductor, US), Krzysztof Firlus (Poland), Eugenijus Čiplys (Lithuania), Nora Petročenko (Lithuania) etc.

   One of the main Darius’s goals is to adapt birbyne to chamber music (renaissance,
baroque, contemporary music, etc.). Darius pursues his studies in early music. His
repertoire, however, includes not only the 15th – 18th century composers, but also those from the 19th and 20th – 21 th centuries: Gabriel Fauré, Enrique Granados, Carl Nielsen, Niels Gade, Feliksas Bajoras, Vytautas V. Barkauskas, Makoto Shinohara, Bernhard Kroll, Bronius Kutavičius, Michael Blake, Jonas Tamulionis, Pierre Max Dubois, Francis Poulenc, Jurgis Juozapaitis, Janis Medinš.

Other activities:
   In 2003, Darius founded an ensemble Reversio (early and contemporary music). He played with the ensemble as well as solo in the US, Belgium, Germany, France, Poland, Cuba and other countries.
   Darius is very active in musical life, gives solo concerts and also performs with the
ensemble Reversio, continues his research work in baroque music, gives birbyne lessons, composes music for the theatre, teaches at workshops.

   Darius Klišys (b. 1969, Lithuania) completed a birbyne course at Kaunas J. Gruodis
Conservatoire in 1988 where he acquired a speciality of birbyne and gained experience as a performer and chamber ensemble/orchestra leader. In 1992-1994, he studied audio engineering at the Audio Institute of America.
    Darius received a B.A. in 2003 and an M.A. in 2005 from the Lithuanian Music and
Theatre Academy where he studied under the tutorship of Professor Romualdas
Apanavičius and Dr. Kastytis Mikiška. It was during these studies that Darius became
interested in baroque music, its interpretation and history, and in how the birbyne could be employed in its performance. His research was summed up in the final Master‘s thesis “The Principles Of the Articulation Of Wind-Instruments In the Baroque Epoch and Their Application To Birbyne”.

For more information see www.reversio.lt
E-mail: darius@reversio.lt
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Short Profile

NameKlisys, Darius
Date of Birth1969-01-03
Born inLithuania, Europe
Home LocationMarijampolė, Lithuania
Main languageLithuanian
Additional languages English,  Polish,  Russian 
attended UniversitiesLithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
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