Ugne Peistaraite is a Lithuanian pianist, educator and researcher. She recently graduated with distinction from Master of Science in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, London where she is continuing her research focusing on the scientific understanding of music performance as a part-time PhD student. In 2009 Ugne graduated from J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium (Kaunas, Lithuania), where she studied with respected pianist Birute Kumpikiene. She then studied for her Bachelor’s and Master’s Diploma supplemented with a Pedagogy Diploma at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, where she was under the tutelage of Professor Aleksandra Zvirblyte. In 2011 Ugne participated in the Erasmus Exchange program, studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland with Professor Juhani Lagerspetz, and in 2015 she undertook a traineeship as piano teacher and accompanist at the Braganca Music and Dance Conservatory and later at Lisbon Superior School of Music in Portugal. Between 2015-2017 Ugne has been a piano lecturer at the annual Adult Summer Music Academy held at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy.
Ugne is laureate of several international music competitions, and has also participated in various masterclasses with internationally renowned pianists, such as Christopher Elton,
Eugen Indjic, Petras Geniusas, Philipe Giusiano, Angela Hewitt, Valentina Berman, Paolo Giacometti, Vera Nosina, and more.
As well as performing solo recitals, Ugne is also passionate about chamber music. In 2012 she co-founded the piano trio ‘Colors’ with fellow musicians Ugnius Diciunas, oboe and Robertas Sidiskis, bassoon. The ensemble has subsequently won several international competitions, and has given many concerts in Lithuania, Switzerland, Malta and Italy. Some of these concerts included world premieres written especially for the ensemble. In 2015 the ensemble was awarded the Merit Diploma by Lithuanian Republic President Dalia Grybauskaite in recognition of their achievements.
Teaching is a very important part of Ugne’s professional life. She has over seven years of teaching experience, varying from private tuition to working in a conservatory, and tutoring pupils aged between 4 to 75. She has taught both amateurs and professional musicians, and prepared pupils for ABRSM and other exam board assessments. All of Ugne’s students have passed exams with the highest marks, and some have become laureates in international competitions. Whilst at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy Ugne studied a Pedagogy module which included didactic, course teaching methodology, pedagogic repertoire, developmental psychology, education psychology and pedagogical practice.
Ugne very much enjoys teaching, and above all her main goal is to give her pupils the same passion for music as she has. She is constantly looking for ways in which to improve her teaching and performing, and this aspiration is one of the reasons that she is currently studying for a PhD in Performance Science.