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Vestard  Shimkus

Born: August 21st, 1984
Country of origin: Latvia
The pianist Vestard Shimkus, born in Latvia on 21 August 1984, began to gain an international recognition after debut performances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Borodin Quartet, violinist Isabelle van Keulen, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Tallin Chamber Orchestra, as well as after winning first prizes at various international piano competitions, including the 55th Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona (2009) and the 5th Bad Kissingen KlavierOlympiade (2007).
Vestard Shimkus began his piano studies at the age of five at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School in Riga and later studied piano with Dmitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez Mehner in Madrid, Daniel Pollack in Los Angeles, Vadim Suchanov in Munich as well as composition with Peteris Vasks. He attended piano master classes with Boris and Lazar Berman, Alexander Satz, Emanuel Krasowsky, Peter Frankl, Joan Havil, Alexander Sandler and Igor Zhukov.
Shimkus’s recitals, concerto and chamber music performances throughout Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Japan and China were often highly acclaimed by the audiences and critics alike. He has been invited to perform at the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, Bergen Festival, Lockenhaus Festival, Kremerata Baltica Festival, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival and Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Lebanon.
Vestard Shimkus received a scholarship of the foundation "New Names of the Planet" and was awarded the “White Star” Order of Estonia (2005) as well as the Great Latvian Music Award (2002 and 2009 – for the first performance of Peteris Vasks’s complete piano cycle “Gadalaiki – The Seasons” and the piano piece “Vasaras vakara muzika – Music for a Summer Evening” by Peteris Vasks on 23 September 2009).
Some of his compositions have been published by Schott Music.

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  1. Rondo alla turca

    Rondo alla turca

    A Parody Paraphrase on Themes of W.A. Mozart
    Download Edition
    Editor : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Language : German - English - French
    Order No. : ED 9884 Q14268
    €7.99  *
  2. Isoldes Liebestod

    Isoldes Liebestod

    Transcription for piano by Vestard Shimkus
    Download Edition
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 21840 Q21587
    €13.99  *
  3. Black Charleston

    Black Charleston

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Edition : single sheet
    Order No. : ED 21410 Q11175
    €2.99  *
  4. Flight of the Drunken Bumble-Bee

    Flight of the Drunken Bumble-Bee

    Paraphrase on "Flight of the Bumble-Bee" by Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow
    Download Edition
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 21737 Q21585
    €7.99  *
  5. Rondo alla turca

    Rondo alla turca

    A Parody Paraphrase on Themes of W.A. Mozart
    Editor : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Language : German - English - French
    Order No. : ED 9884
    €9.50  *
  6. Flight of the Drunken Bumble-Bee

    Flight of the Drunken Bumble-Bee

    Paraphrase on "Flight of the Bumble-Bee" by Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 21737
    €10.50  *
  7. Isoldes Liebestod

    Isoldes Liebestod

    Transcription for piano by Vestard Shimkus
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 21840
    €18.00  *
  8. The Seasons

    The Seasons

    Gadalaiki
    Composer : Vasks, Pēteris
    Interpreter : Shimkus, Vestard
    Edition : CD
    Order No. : WER 67342
    €18.50  *

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The pianist Vestard Shimkus, born in Latvia on 21 August 1984, began to gain an international recognition after debut performances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Borodin Quartet, violinist Isabelle van Keulen, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Tallin Chamber Orchestra, as well as after winning first prizes at various international piano competitions, including the 55th Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona (2009) and the 5th Bad Kissingen KlavierOlympiade (2007).
Vestard Shimkus began his piano studies at the age of five at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School in Riga and later studied piano with Dmitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez Mehner in Madrid, Daniel Pollack in Los Angeles, Vadim Suchanov in Munich as well as composition with Peteris Vasks. He attended piano master classes with Boris and Lazar Berman, Alexander Satz, Emanuel Krasowsky, Peter Frankl, Joan Havil, Alexander Sandler and Igor Zhukov.
Shimkus’s recitals, concerto and chamber music performances throughout Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Japan and China were often highly acclaimed by the audiences and critics alike. He has been invited to perform at the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, Bergen Festival, Lockenhaus Festival, Kremerata Baltica Festival, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival and Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Lebanon.
Vestard Shimkus received a scholarship of the foundation "New Names of the Planet" and was awarded the “White Star” Order of Estonia (2005) as well as the Great Latvian Music Award (2002 and 2009 – for the first performance of Peteris Vasks’s complete piano cycle “Gadalaiki – The Seasons” and the piano piece “Vasaras vakara muzika – Music for a Summer Evening” by Peteris Vasks on 23 September 2009).
Some of his compositions have been published by Schott Music.
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per page
  1. Rondo alla turca

    Rondo alla turca

    A Parody Paraphrase on Themes of W.A. Mozart
    Download Edition
    Editor : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Language : German - English - French
    Order No. : ED 9884 Q14268
    €7.99  *
  2. Isoldes Liebestod

    Isoldes Liebestod

    Transcription for piano by Vestard Shimkus
    Download Edition
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 21840 Q21587
    €13.99  *
  3. Black Charleston

    Black Charleston

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Edition : single sheet
    Order No. : ED 21410 Q11175
    €2.99  *
  4. Flight of the Drunken Bumble-Bee

    Flight of the Drunken Bumble-Bee

    Paraphrase on "Flight of the Bumble-Bee" by Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow
    Download Edition
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 21737 Q21585
    €7.99  *
  5. Rondo alla turca

    Rondo alla turca

    A Parody Paraphrase on Themes of W.A. Mozart
    Editor : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Language : German - English - French
    Order No. : ED 9884
    €9.50  *
  6. Flight of the Drunken Bumble-Bee

    Flight of the Drunken Bumble-Bee

    Paraphrase on "Flight of the Bumble-Bee" by Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakow
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 21737
    €10.50  *
  7. Isoldes Liebestod

    Isoldes Liebestod

    Transcription for piano by Vestard Shimkus
    Composer : Shimkus, Vestard
    Instrumentation : piano
    Order No. : ED 21840
    €18.00  *
  8. The Seasons

    The Seasons

    Gadalaiki
    Composer : Vasks, Pēteris
    Interpreter : Shimkus, Vestard
    Edition : CD
    Order No. : WER 67342
    €18.50  *

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