Donata Vaitkute is a freelance musician and piano teacher based in London. She teaches students of all levels and age groups and is happy to provide lessons at student’s home.
Donata is currently doing Masters at the Royal College of Music and has a Bachelor of Music Performance degree with Honours of First Class from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with Professor Aaron Shorr.
Donata was born in Lithuania and started playing the piano at the age of 6 at Telšiai Music School in Jolanta Šulcaite’s class. At the age of 11 she moved to the capital Vilnius to study at the National M.K. Ciurlionis School of Arts under the guidance of Justas Dvarionas. Since then Donata has won many international piano and chamber music competitions and performed in countries, such as Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, France, Spain, Cyprus and the United Kingdom. She also played as a soloist with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and was awarded for her merits by the President of the Republic of Lithuania.
During her time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Donata performed in annual Piano Festivals, Piano Showcases, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and played the celeste in RCS and RSNO orchestras. She also won the Peter Lindsay Miller Prize for Piano Duo and the 1st prize in Moray Piano Competition in 2013. In 2015 Donata won the RSNO Concerto audition and performed Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. During the same year she was also awarded the Philip Halstead Prize for Piano and Sam Hutchings Memorial Award.