On Wednesday 1st June 2016, Justina Gringytė will mark the launch of her charity foundation, The Justina Gringytė Foundation, with an opening concert at the Alytus Culture and Communication Centre in her home town of Alytus, Lithuania.

The 2015 International Opera Awards Young Singer of the Year, mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė, has created the foundation to support young, aspiring musicians. Ms. Gringytė explains:

“The life of a musician is very difficult, especially the beginning of it. I started as a pianist and I vividly remember the difficult times at the beginning of my career. Since those early days I dreamt of being on the other side of the story, on the side where I will be giving instead of taking. And so finally this year I have created my own charity foundation in aid of young musicians, from as little as paying competition fees to bigger things like buying new instruments.
As a professional opera singer I want to make sure that the next generation of artists behind us have a chance to make it.”

The concert will feature performances by the Alytus Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra “Svajonė”, the Kaunsas Symphony Orchestra, conductor and violinist Mikhail Simonian, mezzo-soprano Aiste Miknyte and baritone Kostas Smoriginas in a programme that includes works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Dvarionas, Vivaldi, Mascagni, Massenet, Mozart, Bizet, and Saint-Saens.

The concert will be broadcast live on Lithuania’s LRT Kultūra channel at 6pm local time.

Ms. Gringytė writes in the concert’s programme:

“Lithuania’s most prominent composer, M.K. Čiurlionis, said: ‘Music – it is God’s messenger, sent to move the strings of our hearts, calm the griefs of life, and remove lies, wickedness, envy, and hatred.’

I’m very happy to be able to organize the first concert of my charity foundation in my home town. I have a strong inner connection with Lithuania, proud of our history, our language, and our traditions. Lithuania will always be my birthplace but the world is large and open. An artists’ home is where we feel most comfortable.

I am grateful for my first music school and its teachers – not only do they develop artistic skills and prepare cultured music listeners, they also develop personalities and help young talents to fulfil their potential.

Talent is like a bud which needs to be nurtured to blossom.