Almost every pianist, it seems, wants to record Ravel, but virtually all of them have overlooked a treasure trove of his solo-piano music: the composer’s short score for Daphnis et Chloé. Some parts of it are unplayable by a single pair of hands, but with judicious arrangement this working draft can be mined for diamonds. Only a handful of musicians have made their own suites for solo piano; here the pianist Indrė Petrauskaitė, carefully observing Ravel’s original textures, has produced something not recorded before: a 40-minute concert suite of unsuspected Ravel for solo piano that also respects the dramatic outline of the original ballet.
Indrė Petrauskaitė has performed as a prize-winning soloist and chamber musician since a young age. During her studies she participated successfully in many national and international piano competitions (Lithuania, Latvia, Italy, Canada). She studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music with Prof. Veronika Vitaitė and the Royal Academy of Music in London with Prof. Christopher Elton, Alexander Satz and Petras Geniušas, where she was awarded major scholarships and awards for her studies. She completed her Masters degree with a DipRAM. Indrė performs regularly in Lithuania with the major chamber and symphony orchestras and the Vilnius String Quartet. Indrė is based in London, where she combines teaching with performing.
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