2008 Award Winner: Andrius Zlabys, Piano
Pianist Andrius Zlabys has appeared widely throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. A prizewinner at the 2003 Cleveland
International Piano Competition, he performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra.
Mr. Zlabys made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2001. He also performed at such venues as
Avery Fisher Hall, Concertgebouw, Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill halls, Teatro Colon, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein and Suntory Hall. His
European engagements include Menuhin, Salzburg and Lockenhaus music festivals.
Mr. Zlabys recorded Enesco’s Piano Quintet for Nonesuch in collaboration with the renowned violinist Gidon Kremer. This
recording was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award. Mr. Zlabys performed extensively with Mr. Kremer, including recitals in Japan,
China, Europe, and South America. In 1998, Mr. Zlabys toured in recital with the violinist Hilary Hahn. In 2000, Andrius was a winner
of Astral National Auditions in Philadelphia.
Andrius Zlabys began piano studies at the age of six in his native Lithuania and studied with Laima Jakniuniene at the Ciurlionis Art
School for eleven years. Subsequent to his arrival in the US, he studied with Sergei Babayan (Cleveland Institute of Music), Claude
Frank (Yale School of Music), Seymour Lipkin (Curtis Institute of Music) and Victoria Mushkatkol (Interlochen Arts Academy).
Most recently, Mr. Zlabys made his debut with Rotterdam Philharmonic in the spring of 2007.