« Vilnius is one of my favorite places in the world. It is where Jascha Heifetz, the greatest violinist who ever lived was born… »
Philippe Graffin commissioned two concertos from Vytautas Barkauskas, the legendary Lithuanian composer: « jeux » and « duo concertant », written in memory of Chiune Sugihara, a japanese consul that saved a lot of lives by issuing visas to japan during the Holocaust against the advice of his government.
Those concertos were premiered with Philippe Graffin, Nobuko Imai and Robertas Servenikas in Vilnius.
Maestro Barkauskas passed away in March 2020
This is a tribute.