Lithuanians in the News
3rd March, 2007
Prestigious International Award to St. Christopher’s Woodwind Quintet
St. Christopher’s woodwind quintet. Photo courtesy "Lietuvos Žinios".
On Saturday, March 3, 2007, St. Christopher’s woodwind quintet from Lithuania won first place at the prestigious 4th International Henri Tomasi competition (Concours International de Quintette à Vent "Henri Tomasi") in Marseille, France. They also won a special prize for the best performance of the complex compulsory piece by the composer Regis Campo. In the competition were competing 16 of finest quintets from all over the world and in the finals the Lithuanians competed against ensembles from Russia, France and Germany. The competition jury chairman was the famous French clarinetist Michel Lethiec.
St. Christopher’s quintet consists of the founder Giedrius Gelgotas (flute), Justė Gelgotaitė (oboe), Andrius Žiūra (clarinet), Andrius Puplauskis (bassoon) and Paulius Lukauskas (French horn). The quintet was formed in 2003 by young musicians after returning from studies abroad. It now performs frequently in Lithuania and has already made a considerable number of concert tours abroad.

Further information:
"Lietuvos Žinios" www.lzinios.lt 05/03/07 www.henri-tomasi.assoc.fr