RŪTA LIPINAITYTĖ studied at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art and is a graduate of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Along with her studies in Lithuania, she was a student at the Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden (Prof. Alexander Fischer’s violin class) and later – at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris (Boris Garlitzky’s violin class). In 2004, Rūta Lipinaitytė earned a master’s degree from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (violin classes of Prof. Raimundas Katilius and Prof. Undinė Jagėlaitė). In 2008, the violinist defended her thesis on the principles of chamber orchestra performance and was granted a PhD degree by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Violinist Rūta Lipinaitytė is the laureate of several Lithuanian and international violin and chamber music competitions and is Grand Prix winner of the International Competition for Young Musicians Petar Konjovic in Belgrade. Rūta has also taken the 3rd prize at the International Jascha Heifetz Competition and the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest. She has received the 2nd prize at the 1st Swedish International Duo Competition and the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In 1998, the violinist was awarded a scholarship of the Yamaha Music Europe Foundation.
The violinist has received several State Scholarships for Lithuanian Artists and a scholarship by the Yamaha Music Europe Foundation. In 2020, Rūta Lipinaitytė won the Golden Disc Award of the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union in the category of solo instrumentalists.
As a soloist, Rūta Lipinaitytė has appeared with numerous orchestras including Dresden Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra Taiwan Artists Symphony Orchestra (TASO), the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, as well as chamber orchestras of Klaipėda, Vytautas Magnus University, Šiauliai, Tallinn, and Arkhangelsk, the State Wind Orchestra Trimitas, Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber orchestra “The Seasons”, and Ensemble Musica Humana. In 2022, Rūta Lipinaitytė made her debut as a soloist with the Eesti Sinfonietta in the renowned Wiener Konzerthaus.
Rūta Lipinaitytė has performed with conductors T. Ambrozaitis, M. Barkauskas, L. Ching-Ming, J. Domarkas, M. Gertz, G. Guarino, J. Janulevičius, E. Hoving, D. Katkus, S. Krimer, P. Mägi, A. Markovic, V. Onufriev, M. Pitrėnas, S. Sondeckis, M. Staškus, R. Šervenikas, A. Šimelis, A. Vizgirda, and K. L. Wilson.
Rūta Lipinaitytė’s repertoire is versatile and diverse, yet her heart is with the Lithuanian contemporary music. Rūta Lipinaitytė is the first performer of many works by Lithuanian composers. In addition to pieces for solo violin or violin and piano, the musician was the first to perform works for violin and orchestra by A. Martinaitis, A. Malcys, V. Ganelinas, and A. Navakas. Several composers such as A. Martinaitis, J. Tamulionis, J. Juozapaitis, J. Jurkūnas, and M. Salynas have dedicated their music to the violinist. Rūta has included the Lithuanian music into her repertoire to perform in the largest Lithuanian cities as well as the concert halls of Latvia, Estonia, Israel, Turkey, Spain, Russia, and Austria. She has also performed works by Lithuanian composers at such prominent festivals as Gaida, Permainų muzika, Thomas Mann Festival, Vilnius Festival, Muzikų paradas, Kuršių nerija, Pažaislis Music Festival (all – Lithuania), XIII International Sigulda Festival (Latvia), Seasons Music Festival (Moscow), Jaffa Festival 2018 (Tel Aviv), Emilia Romagna Festival (Italy) and many others. In 2023 R. Lipinaitytė performed the Violin Concerto by Lithuanian composer B. Dvarionas in several cities in Taiwan.
Rūta has released several music albums including Faustas Latėnas’ Samba Lacrimarum and Sonata for violin and piano; The Sea Legend, Sonata for Violin and Piano by Juozas Karosas; An Unexpected Encounter in Paris, and E. Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21, Vidmantas Bartulis Concerto for Two Violins, Piano and Strings, I like Schubert for violin and strings. In 2022, an international recording company Ondine released a CD with music by Lithuanian composer Algirdas Martinaitis including a violin concerto Three M’art Comedy Seasons performed by Rūta Lipinaitytė.
In 2020, violinist Rūta Lipinaitytė initiated an independent project: through various social networking platforms, she has been promoting music by Lithuanian composers for violin solo: to date, this initiative has featured over 20 video recordings of such works performed by Rūta (video cycle)
The Lithuanian radio archives store over 40 audio recordings of the violinist’s performance together with various Lithuanian orchestras. Among those, you can enjoy violin concertos by J. Achron, M. Rosza, S. Prokofiev, A. Martinaitis; A. Schnittke’s Sonata for Violin, Harpsichord and String Orchestra; Dramatinės freskos, Concerto for Violin and Piano by E. Balsys. There is a video recording of J. Corigliano’s Violin Concerto, The Red Violin, featuring Rūta Lipinaitytė as a soloist, released together with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson.
Rūta Lipinaitytė was a member of Grammy-winning orchestra Kremerata Baltica (since its foundation in 1998 to 2014) established and headed by Gidon Kremer. In 2004-2009, the violinist was a member of chamber ensemble The Kremerata Baltica Sextet which took part in numerous festivals and performed concerts in Basel, Lockenhaus, Paris, Riga, Sigulda, Tallinn, Kuhmo, New York, Elba, Louisiana and elsewhere. Rūta Lipinaitytė has also performed chamber music worldwide together with G. Kremer, T. Grindenko, M. Fedotova, K. Sidorova, A. Mustonen, A. Posch, M. Marcelli, P. Sadlo, F. El-Hage, M. Lohuaru, L. Leiten, S. Lasmann, S. Krimer, L. Geniušas, R. Beinaris, and Čiurlionis String Quartet. Since 1996, violinist has made chamber music programmes with pianist Indrė Baikštytė.
The violinist is often invited to participate in various orchestral projects as a concertmaster or an assistant concertmaster. Lipinaitytė has repeatedly appeared as Concertmaster of the East-West Chamber Orchestra at Yuri Bashmet International Festival. She has been Guest Concertmaster of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Eesti Sinfonietta. The musician has been invited on tour with the Stuttgart SWR Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster and performed in Russia, Japan, and Europe with the MusicAeterna Symphony Orchestra led by Teodor Currentzis.
Rūta Lipinaitytė’s academic activity is associated with the Estonian and Lithuanian Academies of Music and Theatre. Her teaching career began in Tallinn where she was running a violin class. Currently, Rūta is a violin professor and since 2015 has worked as Head of String Department at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre as well as a teacher expert in M. K. Čiurlionis National School of Art. Rūta Lipinaitytė often gives violin master classes both in Lithuania and abroad(in Vienna, Basel, Odense, Malmö, Gothenburg, Tallinn, Riga, Vigo, Arkhangelsk, San Vito al Tagliamento, and Sigulda, among others). More than 40 students of Rūta Lipinaitytė’s classes have become laureates of national and international violin competitions.
Rūta Lipinaitytė has been invited as a member of the jury at international violin competitions including the Jascha Heifetz Violin Competition, the Violin Competition Vaclav Huml, Sigulda Competition of Young Musicians 2017 and 2021, the Latvian String Competition 2018, the Il and the IV Piccolo Violino Magico Competition, as well as national competitions such as the Little Talents International Competition for Young Performers, Raimundas Katilius Competition for Young Performers, National Balys Dvarionas Piano and String Competition for Youth, National Jonas Urba String Competition, and many others.
In 2021, Rūta Lipinaitytė participated as an external expert in the recruitment process for Violin Professor at the Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University (Sweden). Currently, the violinist is an expert of the Lithuanian Council of Culture.
The violinist’s academic activities also include management of a wide range of cultural development projects, and organisation of concerts, master courses, and competitions. Rūta Lipinaitytė is one of the main organisers of International Jascha Heifetz Violin Competition, the annual Lithuanian String Competition, and Raimundas Katilius Competition for Young Performers. Since 2014, the musician has initiated over 20 master classes for string players led by professors from several foreign higher education institutions.
Within the multiple projects launched by violinist Rūta Lipinaitytė, the most significant one is the project Multifunctionality of the Performer in Musical, Cultural, and Social Processes financed by the Research Council of Lithuania. In the project, Rūta Lipinaitytė delivered presentations at the International Congress of the Institute of Scientific Information in Kaunas, the international conference-festival Doctors in Performance in Helsinki (Finland), the LMTA platform HARPS symposium Functions of the Arts in Cultural and Social Processes, and others.