Andrius Rekašius

 

Andrius Rekašius was born in Palanga on September 27th 1991.

Already at the age of five Andrius Rekašius entered Stasys Vainiūnas music school in Palanga (1997 – 2005) to study piano.

At the age of eight, in the year 2000, while still studying piano, his father revived Palanga wind orchestra, which was disbanded in 1991, and gave Andrius an opportunity to play cymbals in that orchestra. That’s where Andrius was introduced to percussion instruments.

Playing in Palanga orchestra was the most influential thing in Andrius’ life of music and, of course, percussion.

In 2006, 1 year after graduating from Stasys Vainiūnas music school, Andrius went on to study percussion in Stasys Šimkus conservatory in Klaipėda (2006 – 2010).

After finishing the conservatory he went to Vilnius. There he entered Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, where he finished his bachelor’s degree. During the studies in Vilnius, Andrius was hired to play in the Lithuanian State Symphony and the Lithuanian National Symphony orchestras. He also participated in the Erasmus and NordPlus exchange programs, and went to study at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

After finishing his bachelor’s degree, he entered the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo for his Master’s degree, which he acquired in 2016.

Throughout the years of playing percussion Andrius traveled around Europe to participate in various projects, competitions, seminars and master classes.

Andrius Rekašius also had the pleasure to meet, have master classes and attended seminars of percussionists and composers like: Linda Maxey, Pius Cheung, Anders Astrand, Kevin Bobo, Naoko Takada, Stanislaw Skoczynski, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Ruud Wiener, Emmanuel Sejourne, Ludwig Albert, Peter Vulperhorst, Bo Hakanson, David Samuel, Marco Pacassoni, Jenifer Torrence, and many more…


Andrius has over 16 years of experience playing in an ensemble and most of that experience came from Palanga orchestra. He also played in the European Youth Brass Band (2007 and 2009), played in a television symphony orchestra which was arranged for a television project called “Triumfo Arka”. Also played in the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra (Ungdomssymfonikerne) in 2012 and the Animato Philharmonic Orchestra of Animato foundaition (also in 2012). During those times with orchestras, Andrius has played in such places as Berlin, Oslo, Vienna, Prague, Graz, Bern concert halls, Bratislava philharmonic, Bergen Grieg concert hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and more.


Andrius actively engages in solo performances as well. In year 2015, Andrius was announced as the best solo player in the XV international wind band championship in Panevėžys, where he performed solo with the Palanga orchestra.


Currently Andrius is working at the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra.

He is also being hired by the Lithuanian State Symphony orchestra.


Andrius Rekašius is not limited only to playing. He also engages in composition. One of his pieces was even played in probably the biggest festival in Lithuania called “Lietuvos Dainų Šventė” (eng. “Lithuanian Song Festival”). The piece is called “Karų Garsai” (eng. “Sounds of War”), which was actually written specially for this event in 2009, when Lithuania celebrated it’s name’s 1000th anniversary.