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Gintautas Abarius

Gintautas Abarius (1959-2010) was an internationally accomplished pianist and composer, son of famous Lithuanian conductor and composer Lionginas Abarius. Gintas began playing piano when he was 5 years old. At the age of 8 he was accepted into M-K. Ciurlionis School of Art to study piano until he graduated in 1977. Later, Gintas won numerous chamber music festivals during his years of study in Lithuania's National Conservatory. Among his other many accomplishments:

Gintas composed two national anthems for Lithuania – “Saukiu as Tauta” (“I Am Calling the Nation”) and “Dieve, Laimink Lietuva” (“God, Bless Lithuania”) which are always heard during Lithuania’s national holidays and celebrations.

Gintas' first jazz trio won the Grand Prix in the first Birstonas Jazz Festival in 1980.

The Abarius Jazz Trio participated in many various jazz festivals in the USSR.

In 1987, G. Abarius’ jazz quartet was the winner of the United Youth Stage performers contest in Moscow.

In 1988, G. Abarius was recognized as the best Lithuanian jazz pianist.

From 1987, G. Abarius toured and played with much success in Germany, Poland, Finland, Russia, Denmark, England, Latvia, Bulgaria, Holland, Estonia, Spain, Bulgaria, Iceland, Slovakia, Israel, and the USA.

From 1986, G. Abarius started to express himself as a composer as well, creating more than dozens of songs which were sung and still are sung in the repertoire of popular Lithuanian singers.

G. Abarius authored many songs played at the national and international Lithuanian song celebrations, various festivals, contests, music for children’s ensembles for TV, and music for cinema.

In 1990, Gintas became one of the first born-again professional musicians in Lithuania and is recognized as one of the founders of contemporary Christian music in Lithuania and the whole USSR. Gintas began using his musical talent in 1993 teaching at worship conferences, preaching and leading worship in different churches throughout the world, including Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Germany, England, Israel and the United States.

Before he passed away, Gintas resided in the USA with his family and was doing the work of a musical missionary. He also taught young musicians, held international conferences, seminars, mastery classes, and composed and recorded new projects including his jazz group, Baltic Avenue.

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