Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 7.30pm
Messiaen : Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus
Rusne-Monika Palsauskaite graduated with a Masters in Piano Performance in 2016 from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and started playing the piano at the age of four. In 2010 she graduated from the National M. K. Ciurlionis Art School in the piano class of A. Siksniute. While still studying, she won various national and international piano competitions in Lithuania, France, Ukraine, Italy and Russia. At the RCS she won the 3rd prize in the Bamber/Galloway Piano Competition in both 2014 and 2015, and in 2014 the 1st prize in the Elgar/Spedding Memorial Prize for the best vocal and piano duet.
Since 2016 Monika has worked as a piano lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department. She is currently pursuing her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, on the Doctor of Performing Arts course, researching the piano output of Olivier Messiaen.
Particularly suitable for Advent, Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus is a meditation on the infancy of Jesus in a suite of twenty pieces for solo piano. Composed in 1944 for Yvonne Loriod it is widely considered to be one of the most important piano compositions of the twentieth century. Messiaen links the suite together with a series of themes or leitmotifs and there are frequent expressions of Messiaen's passion for birdsong and the use of colour in music. Although Rusne-Monika has played two selections from the work for At One With Music over the past two years, this is a rare opportunity to hear this magnificent work in full, which, because of its length of over two hours, is not often performed.