Welcome to the 1st SIGISMUNDUS LAUXMIN International Harpsichord Contest!
This contest is dedicated to Sigismundus Lauxmin (1596/97–1670), a notable Lithuanian scholar, music theorist, author of the first music textbook manual in Lithuania, philosopher, and professor at Vilnius University.
The aim of this contest is to revive the practice of harpsichord performance in Lithuania, and to acquaint the competition’s participants, as well as listeners with the small but highly significant musical heritage of our country.
This is the first international harpsichord contest to be held in the Baltic States. The contest also marks the 350th anniversary this year of Sigismundus Lauxmin’s death, on 11 September 1670.
The two rounds of the contest will be judged by an international jury, residents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. In parallel, lectures will be given by Polish and Lithuanian musicologists, who will be presenting musical sources preserved in Lithuania. The contest will be crowned by a gala concert.
The establishment of historically based performance practices over the past 20 years has yielded excellent results on the early music scene worldwide. This contest is a way to support young musicians in their future careers, and will contribute to their continuing work and achievements. This newly launched harpsichord contest, which is planned to take place regularly every two years in Vilnius, aims to be an important alternative to the few harpsichord competitions around the world. The contest programme includes compulsory works taken from the musical heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. These will allow the opening of borders, introducing this repertoire to audiences and performers outside Lithuania. The accompanying lectures presenting this heritage will acquaint young performers with the specifics and historical context of this little-known repertoire.
All competition events were planned to take place at the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, but due to the travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, will be now held online.
Heartfelt thanks to the organiser of the contest, public concert institution Banchetto Musicale, to our supporter Lithuanian Council for Culture, as well to the partners of the contest, the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
ALINA ROTARU, Artistic director