Two applicants will be selected. Each of them will receive a €400 one-time scholarship. In addition to that, the successful candidates will have their travel costs covered (up to €200) and receive free accommodation and workspace at the Druskininkai Artists' Residence. AiR should take care of their health insurance.
The residence will take place 15 through 29 August 2020. The two selected composers are expected to work individually during the first week, while during the following seven days they will rehearse together with the Twenty Fingers Duo. The concluding performance will take place in Cultural Centre Sodas 2123, in Vilnius.
The applicants are expected to prepare a single PDF document which must include the following:
- A curriculum vitae;
- Samples of his or her works, in the form of online links to the maximum of three audio or video pieces;
- A free-form outline of the concept of a new piece;
- A draft or complete score of the piece to be performed by the Twenty Fingers Duo; only previously unperformed pieces are eligible;
- An outline of the implementation of the proposed project, including artistic and technical requirements.
- The piece should be either acoustic or electro-acoustic;
- The live performance of the piece should involve no more than two acoustic instruments, a violin and a cello;
- The composers are free to use electronic and other tools in preparation of the musical material; if required, a composer can become a performer;
- Duration of the piece should be approximately 20 minutes.
Composers from outside Lithuania should check the most recent information in regard with travel conditions and restrictions provided by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania: http://sam.lrv.lt/en/
Please make sure your country of residence allows travel to Lithuania before sending an application. We hope the borders will soon be open for everyone.
The residence is supported by Lithuanian Culture Council.
Twenty Fingers Duo is a string ensemble created by brother and sister who see new experimental music as their primary target, but are also keen to take part in the projects involving other genres. Although it was quite recently that cellist Arnas Kmieliauskas started performing with his sister, violinist Lora Kmieliauskaitė, they are a “ticking” duo with a distinct creative prospect.
The ensemble has been behind the recent launch of Performa, the multimedia programme aimed at commissioning new works of music from composers who (de)construct new forms of performance. The initiative points to the duo’s resolute desire to look for new and even somewhat radical creative challenges.
Both Arnas and Lora are versatile and experienced performers and keen participants of international competitions, masterclasses and festivals held in Lithuania and abroad. They have played in a number of ensembles created for different artistic projects.
The duo has won multiple prizes both at home and internationally for their artistic initiatives and interpretation of music.