(Latin for “The Kingdom of Music”)
Founder and Art Director Raimonda Daunienė
REGNUM MUSICALE, the family ensemble of the deceased bright Lithuanian poet and cultural actor Vaidotas Daunys, is the value he created on the Earth and left to the people. Headed by Raimonda Daunienė, this ever-growing, professionally-improving and active family chamber ensemble has established its key values: family, nationality, and culture.
The ensemble in the Dauniai family came to life as children grew up. When they were very young, they used to perform at home simple songs and light classical pieces. The repertoire grew up together with children. Now, headed by their mother Raimonda (piano, violin), four daughters of the family donate elevated moments to the public: Joana (harp), Vita Marija (flute), Elena (cello), and Kotryna Ugnė (violin). All sisters are laureates of many international contests and Grand Prix winners; they cherish classical music; yet at the same time they do not bypass pieces and improvisations of popular music.
The unique collective REGNUM MUSICALE takes active part in cultural events both in Lithuania and abroad, including cultural gatherings of business people. The ensemble is invited to supplement discography treasuries of Lithuanian composers, cheer someone up with a musical surprise or represent Lithuania at international events.
Since 2005, the ensemble has been working in close cooperation with the Public Institution CULTURE ARTFACT that patronizes and takes care of the young family talents, presenting their programmes at different innovative art projects. REGNUM MUSICALE took part in the projects “Seasons 2005: Winter in the Park of Europe”, “Moc‘Art 2006”, and festival “Create in Lithuania: Music of the Night on the Waves of Lake 2008”, etc. For more information on REGNUM MUSICALE go to: www.CultureArtFact.org , www.myspace.com/RegnumMusicale
PERFORMERS IN A NUTSHELL:
Violin, Founder and Art Director
Raimonda Daunienė is the wife of the deceased Vaidotas Daunys, mother of five children and grandmother. She raised their son Augustinas and four daughters: Joana, Vita Marija, Elena, and Kotryna Ugnė, and recently became a grandmother to her first granddaughter. Raimonda is a violinist and the founder of the family collective, youth art-music studio REGNUM MUSICALE. She takes an active part in public events and gatherings. She is a holder of the honourable title “Mother of the Year 2008”.
JOANA DAUNYTĖ (*1987)
Harp, laureate of many international contests
Joana Daunytė is a member of the family ensemble REGNUM MUSICALE. Since 1996, she is a student at the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School. Her harp teacher is Daiva Slyžienė. She is a keen follower of the German harpist Prof. Florence Sitruk, who is taking care of promoting the harp art in Lithuania. Joana takes an active part in open lessons in Lithuania and attends master classes abroad, trying to gain experiences of performance from the best pedagogues of the world. In 2003, she took part in master classes given by the American pedagogue Susann Mc Donald (in Switzerland). Joana prepares for and takes an active part in international contests: in 2004, she was awarded the 2nd prize at the international contest of European music MUSIQUE EN PICARDIE 2004 (France); at the international contest of young talents named after Martine Geliot (France) she was awarded the finalist diploma and a special prize; in 2005 participants and guests of the World Harp Congress were enchanted by Joana’s playing in Dublin (Ireland). The Central Committee of the YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME consisting of representatives of 6 countries chose Joana Daunytė to be the Lithuanian representative.
In 2005-2008 she got a scholarship of the M.Rostropovich Foundation “Support to Lithuanian Children”.
In 2006, she took part in master classes given by Skyla Kanga (Great Britain) and Milda Agazarian (Russia) in Switzerland. In 2006, Joana was awarded the special public prize at the 3rd International Harp Contest in Lille (France).
In 2007, Joana entered the Talent Class of the Academy of Music in Geneva (Switzerland) tutored by Prof. Florence Sitruk; took part in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (Germany) classical music festival, where she performed a solo programme. On the initiative of Prof. Marie-Claire Jamet from the Paris Conservatoire, Joana was granted the scholarship of the Villecroze music academy for her traineeship (Villecroze, France). In December, she was awarded special prize and Grand Prix at the festival “Magic Sounds of the Harp” (Moscow).
In 2008, she took part in the 10th International Congress of Harp-Players (“Focus on Youth” programme) in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Since 2008, Joana is a student of Conservatoire de Musique de Genève.
In 2006 –2008, Joana played in the Lithuanian National Symphonic Orchestra. She is still invited to give harp performances at symphonic music concerts.
In March 2008, Joana was awarded letters of thanks from the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and the Government of Lithuania for high achievements in the field of music and promotion of the name of Lithuania abroad.
Premiere pieces by Lithuanian composers performed by Joana:
• Vytautas Barkauskas „Intermezzo Italiano“, op. 131 harp solo;
“These are my subtle poetic impressions after my first direct acquaintance with Italy and its beauty. I dedicate the piece to the first performer Joana Daunytė“, the composer Vytautas Barkauskas said.
• Vladas Švedas. Concert for harp and orchestra (performed in April 2009, in Kaunas Philharmonic together with the National Symphony Orchestra, conductor – Juozas Domarkas, on the occasion of the composer’s 75th anniversary)
In March 2009, together with her sister Vita Marija Daunyte, Joana took part in the event organized in Geneva by the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the UN that was devoted to commemoration of Sofija Kymantaitė - Čiurlionienė.
Joana Daunytė is often invited to perform in concert halls of the National Philharmonic, Kaunas Philharmonic, Klaipėda and other towns and cities. She has performed with best-known art collectives, such as Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphonic Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphonic Orchestra, ensemble MUSICA HUMANA, St. Christoper’s Chamber Orchestra and Vilnius Municipality Choir JAUNA MUZIKA.
In 2009, Joana received a scholarship for her studies in Geneva from the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania.
VITA MARIJA DAUNYTĖ (*1989)
Flute, laureate of many international contests
Vita Marija is also a member of the family ensemble REGNUM MUSICALE. Since 1996, she is a student at the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School, choral conducting speciality, and at the same time she takes vertical flute classes. From 2002, she also takes classes on the horizontal flute (teacher: Žibutė Valaitytė). In 2005, at the National Juozas Pakalnis Contest of The Winds she won the 3rd prize; in 2006, at International Karlo Stralis Contest of The Winds in Latvia the 2nd prize; in March 2007 the 1st place at the National Contest of the Winds named after Juozas Pakalnis; in May 2007, winner of Grand Prix at the international contest of young musicians "Citta di Barletta", Italy, and in June 2007, the 2nd place at the international contest "Gradus ad Parnasum";
Vita Marija consistently strives for professional perfection and attends international master classes. She has taken classes of famous flutists, such as Prof. Barbara Gisler-Haase, Prof. Rennate Greis-Armin (Germany), Prof. Algirdas Vizgirda (Lithuania), Prof. Pascal Gresset, William Bennett, Prof. Vieri Bottazzini.
In March 2008, Vita Marija was awarded letters of thanks from the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and the Government of Lithuania for high achievements in the field of music and promotion of the name of Lithuania abroad.
In March 2008, she performed at a concert in the small hall of Lithuanian National Philharmonic and was awarded a scholarship of the Rotary Club. In the same year, she graduated from M. K. Čiurlionis Art School and entered Conservatoire de Musique de Genève (Switzerland), the class of Prof. Jacques Zoon. In 2009, Vita Marija was selected from a long list of candidates from all over the world and invited to the master classes of the famous flutist Ch. Larde (Villecroze, France).
In September 2008, together with her sister Joana Daunytė and Lithuanian State Orchestra, Vita Marija performed W. A. Mozart’s Concert for harp, flute and orchestra C-dur (conductor: Prof. Saulius Sondeckis).
In 2009, Vita Marija received a scholarship for her studies in Geneva from the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania.
Vita Marija Daunytė takes an active part in concert activities both in Lithuania and abroad, is involved in the development and the performance of different innovative programmes in Geneva.
ELENA DAUNYTĖ (*1992)
Cello, laureate of many international contests
Elena Daunytė is the third member of the family ensemble REGNUM MUSICALE. Since 2000, she is a student at the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School, cello class of the teacher-expert Romanas Armonas.
Elena is laureate of many international contests: in 2005, the 3rd place at International Contest for Young Musicians in Sigulda (Latvia); in 2006, the 3rd place at the International Contest of Cello Players named after K. Davydov (Latvia); in 2006, the 3rd place at the International Contest of Saulius Sondeckis in Šiauliai (Lithuania); in 2007, the Grand Prix at the International Contest for Young Musicians “Citta di Barletta“ (Italy), and in 2008, the Grand Prix at the International Contest for Young Musicians “Olympus musicale“(Lithuania).
Elena has performed cello solo together with symphony orchestras of Riga and Kaunas cities, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra of M. K. Čiurlionis Art School. With the latter, she has performed solo on one of the most popular stages of the world – “Graco Steffani“ (Austria), conductor: Saulius Sondeckis.
In March 2008, Elena was awarded letters of thanks from the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and the Government of Lithuania for high achievements in the field of music and promotion of the name of Lithuania abroad.
In March 2008, she performed at a concert in the small hall of Lithuanian National Philharmonic and was awarded a scholarship of the Rotary Club.
In 2009, Elena Daunytė became a laureate of the Queen Martha Award.
KOTRYNA UGNĖ DAUNYTĖ (*1995)
Violin, laureate of international contests
Kotryna Ugnė is the youngest member of the family ensemble REGNUM MUSICALE. Since 2003, she is a student at the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School, violin class of the teacher-methodologist Ingrida Salygaitė. She often performs at concerts, takes singing classes. Kotryna Ugnė is a laureate of the contest “Dainų dainelė 2004“ (vocal teacher: her mother Raimonda Daunienė). At the same time, for a period of two years, she attended classes of rhythmic gymnastics given by the famous Lithuanian couch Vaida Kubilienė. Kotryna Ugnė is a winner of rhythmic gymnastics contests: in 2007 she gave an individual performance (2nd place), and in 2008 – group performances (1st and 2nd places).
In 2009, she got the Grand Prix at the International Contest for Young Musicians “Citta di Barletta“ (Italy).
BRIEF INFORMATION ON THE ORGANISATION THAT PATRONISES THE TALENTS
Private NGO "CULTURE ARTFACT" is looking for pure springs in the cultural waters of Lithuania. It bursts with ideas, positive energy, and attracts like a magnet everyone, who misses novelties and harmony. The organisation supports young creative people, artists and develops plans of social integration, as well as builds bridges of understanding and cognition between the world of business and the world of art. CULTURE ARTFACT works in cooperation with free artists, volunteers, culture managers and other professionals, who are full of good wishes and hopes. All of them spread beauty and art in a sensitive society and develop the artistic taste of growing audience.