The young Lithuanian violinist Justina Auškelytė has won wide acclaim with achievements in violin competitions and performances in international festivals and concerts. She has received awards from two successive Presidents of Lithuania for her musical contributions to her country. Auškelytė was a laureate of the National Balys Dvarionas Violin Competition from 2000-2006, and in 2008 she was the Grand Prix Laureate of the 8th International Balys Dvarionas Competition. She took first prize at the 2006 International Saulius Sondeckis Competition and at the 2007 National Raimundas Katilius Competition. In 2009 she won second prize at the Third International Jascha Heifetz Competition, and has also won distinction in other international competitions in Latvia, the Czech Republic and Romania.
Holding awards from more than a dozen competitions the violinist has been invited to give concerts at major music festivals in Lithuania. She often performs with symphonic and chamber orchestras, including Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra or St. Christopher chamber orchestra, as well as distinguished chamber ensembles, including Ciurlionis String Quartet and Musica Humana.
Justina's artistry comes from a distinguished lineage of teachers. For a number of years she studied with the renowned violinist Pavel Berman at the International Music Academy “Incontri col Maestro” and later at the Academy “Lorenzo Perosi”. Simultaneously she continued her studies at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy with the distinguished professor Jurgis Dvarionas. Ms. Auškelytė also mastered her playing technique with the legendary violin professor Boris Kuschnir at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and later at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. In May 2015, having studied under the guidance of the late Stephen Clapp and Laurie Smukler, she gained a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York.
In February 2016 together with an Italian pianist Cesare Pezzi Ms. Auškelytė recorded for the largest classical music label Naxos Records. Their musical album 'BALYS DVARIONAS: Complete Works for Violin and Piano' has just been released this May and is now available in record stores worldwide and online.