Festival “Avanti” is the only chamber music festival in Kaunas City, which is dedicated to present the programmes of chamber music and global premieres as well as a wide range of chamber ensembles. Thanks to the free-of-charge concerts this festival is open to everyone.
Over the past 11 years, the festival has brought together many Lithuanian chamber music performers and ensembles, as well as international artists. The organiser of the festival, VMU Chamber Orchestra, seeks to foster friendships with other ensembles, even those in competition.
“Avanti” has already hosted concerts by the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, the Vilnius Quartet, the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, the String Quartet “Mettis”, the “PhilBrass” Quintet, the Čiurlionis Quartet, the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NICO, the Quintet “Kvintonai”, the Kaunas String Quartet and many other chamber ensembles and performers.In 2023, “Avanti” will host “Musica Humana”, a chamber ensemble that has not yet taken part in the festival.
Each year, the festival aims to introduce listeners to the unheard musical compositions and launch world premieres (In 2021, the festival presented the premiere of “Metamorphoses” by J. Juozapaitis, the premiere of “Quartet No. 6” by A. Kubiliūnas, the premiere of “G & V” by A. Martinaitis in 2020 (in memoriam to G. Kancheli & V. Bartulis), the world premiere of a concert for cello, piano, and orchestra by the Swiss composer F. Müller in 2018, and many more). In 2023 Festival will feature 3 World Premieres.
One of the festival’s goals is to welcome guests from abroad. Artists from the USA, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland, Canada, Romania, Austria, Germany, UK, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Switzerland, China and Poland have already participated in the festival. In 2023, exceptional guests from Ukraine and Spain are expected.