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Algimantas Staskevicius

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Algimantas Staskevicius began his musical career at age of seven in Vilnius, Lithuania, studying violin and piano. In 1983 he graduated from the M.K. ─îiurlionis School of Fine Arts, and in 1990 he received a Master's in Music from the Lithuanian State Conservatory.

From 1988 to 1991, he was a violinist with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. During that time, he performed numerous concerts in the former Soviet Union, as well as Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Japan.

From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Staskevicius was Principal Second Violin at the Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL in Monterrey, Mexico. While in Mexico, he was the founding member and first violinist of String Quartet Monterrey, and became a finalist in the National Chamber Music Competition in Salamanca, Mexico, with String Quartet Dux. By 2001, renowned Mexican conductor and composer, Sergio Cardenas, was impressed by his work and invited him to join the Filarmonica del Bajio in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Since his arrival in the U.S. in 1999, Mr. Staskevicius has also earned an M.M. degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. Between 1999-2001 he performed with the Acadiana Symphony Jefferson Performing Arts Society and was the Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Baton Rouge Symphony. From 2001 to 2008, he joined the first violin section at the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and was a strings teacher the Jackson Public Schools District. Between 2002-2004, he served as Concertmaster of Mississippi Opera. In 2003 he served as visiting professor of violin/viola for undergraduate/graduate level students at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. In 2001 he joined the Missouri Symphony Society, and served as Associate Concertmaster of the Hot Summer Nights Festival in Columbia, Missouri, from 2003 to 2016.

In addition to his time in state and local orchestras, Mr. Stastevicius has performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras, including Filarmonica del Bajio (Mexico), Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL (Mexico), SLU Chamber Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Missouri Symphony. He has participated in international festivals in Echternach, Schleswig-Holstein, Ansbach, Ivo Pogorelich, Cervantino, and Alfonso Reyes.

He is currently an active member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Doppler String Quartet, and also serves as the Associate Concertmaster Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. He often joins the violin sections of symphony orchestras in surrounding areas, including Conway, Pine Bluff, El Dorado, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Tulsa.

Mr. Staskevicius is an avid educator, whose experience goes back as far as 1988. Since that time he taught extensively at school, college, and university levels in Lithuania, Mexico, and the USA. Currently, he has an expansive private studio, and also teaches Strings at the Arkansas School for the Blind, WAMA Arts Center in Little Rock, and Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR.)

Along with his wife, violist Tatiana Kotcherguina, Mr. Staskevicius performs in multiple concerts with diverse groups, from duo to nonet, most recently in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Virginia.

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