Leopoldas Digrys

Leopoldas Digrys

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The founder of contemporary Lithuanian organ school, laureate of Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize LEOPOLDAS MYKOLAS DIGRYS (Lithuania) studied at the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, piano class of Grigory Ginzburg and organ class of Alexander Goedicke. The organist finished his postgraduate studies there. L. Digrys had an internship at the Prague Academy of Music. From 1960 to 2001 lectured at the Lithuanian Conservatory (from 1992 – Lithuanian Academy of Music); since 1983 he obtained a professorship. The organist worked in the juries at different organ competitions in Lithuania and abroad. Since 1991 L. Digrys has been the chairman of the Center for Religious Music. He gave concerts all around the world, participated in international festivals. He edited and performed for the first time many works of Lithuanian and foreign composers. L. Digrys was the initiator of the restoration of organ studies at the Lithuanian Conservatory in 1962; he was one of the initiators of the M. K. Čiurlionis Competition for Pianists and Organists. In 1968 he also initiated organ festivals in Vilnius which were the first in the Soviet Union. In 2003 L. Digrys was awarded the Statue of St. Christopher for his merits for Vilnius; in 2015 he was awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Commander's Cross; in 2008 he was awarded the LR Government Culture and Art Award.

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