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Diana Galvydyte

Diana was born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1984 and received her early musical education at the Ciurlionis Gymnasium of Art in Vilnius. Since 2000 Diana studied with Prof. Natalia Boyarsky at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey and at the Royal College of Music in London obtaining a Masters Degree in Performance with Distinction.

She is a prize-winner in 15 international competitions for young artists. Recent successes include becoming a laureate of the Jascha Heifetz International Competition in Lithuania, winning the Windsor Festival International String Competition, finalist in the Jeunesses Musicales Montreal International Competition and the prize for the best interpretation of the contemporary set work. In Denmark Diana was awarded the 'European Prize for Achievement'.

Diana has given a number of solo performances in the UK, Lithuania, Netherlands, France, Italy and USA. Diana's recent engagements included performances at the Windsor Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra and at the Vilnius Philharmonic Hall with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra broadcasted live by Lithuanian National Television. In November 2009 Diana made her USA debut performing Elgar's Violin Concerto with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.

Other solo appearances include working with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Madeira Classical Orchestra, Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, The New Professionals Orchestra, Charkov Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National and Symphony Orchestras which enabled her to work with conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Neil Thomson, John Farrer, Juozas Domarkas, Robertas Servenikas and Saulius Sondeckis.

Diana has given recitals in venues such as Cadogan Hall as part of the Chelsea Festival, Purcell Room as an award-winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Hall Pasteur at La Corum in Montpellier for the Radio France Festival in 2009, Chamber Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Theater Diligentia in the Hague and in 2004, to mark Lithuania's inauguration into the EU, represented her country at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.In 2010 Diana was chosen to represent the Baltic Nations at the U.S.-Baltic Foundation's Annual Gala held in Washington DC.

Diana is a recipient of Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation Award, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award, Hattori Foundation Award and Musicians Benevolent Fund Music Education Award. She is also a winner of the 2007 Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, awarded by the Making Music Federation.

Due to her international performing success the president of the Lithuanian Republic, Algirdas Brazauskas, awarded Diana with a special commendation: "These awards are in recognition of your successful efforts in promoting our homeland Lithuania throughout the World".