Internation M. K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition is one of the major classical music events in Lithuania with the active participation of both lithuanian and foreign professional music performers. The event is held traditionally every 4 years and invites to participate pianists and organists from all over the world.
The Competition is named after great Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911), which works are being promoted to the international audiences through the growing interest in the competition.
The first M. K. Čiurlionis Competition was held in 1965 and brought together 15 lithuanian pianists. A few years later, in 1968, organists were also included in the competition.
In 1991, after Lithuania regained its independence, the competition became international.
In 1994 on the initiative of a lithuanian pianist Mūza Rubackytė, the International M. K. Čiurlionis Piano and Organ Competition was accepted as a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva. The membership of the Federation is considered proof of the competition’s great artistry, excellent management and long-standing tradition.
Through the years the jury panel included the world-renowned musicians like Nikolai Petrov (Russia), Daniel Pollack (USA), Atsuko Okada (Japan), Ronan O`Hara (Great Britain), Joseph Dorfman (Israel), Bernard Ringeissen (France), Ian Fountain (Great Britain), Mūza Rubackytė (Lithuania). Michael Bouvard (France), Jean Boyer (France), Joseph Bucher (Switzerland), James Dalton (Great Britain), Johannes Geffert (Germany), Ludger Lohmann (Germany), Giancarlo Parodi (Italy) among many others.
Since 2015 the competition is organised by the public institution "Center for International Cultural Projects" in cooperation with Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. It is supported by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and the Lithuanian Council for Culture and is under the Patronage of the Lithuanian President.
The Final Stages of the International M. K. Čiurlionis Competition traditionally take place at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic with the Lithuania National Symphony Orchestra.
The Competition is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation and the World Federation of Internation Music Competitions.
The next Competition is scheduled for September 2023.