Karolina Juodelyte (1990*) „zählt zu den führenden Konzertorganisten, die bei technischer Brilianz über eine reife künstlerische Gestaltung verfügt” (Axel Engels in „Westfälische Nachrichten”, 2019). After winning the most famous international Ciurlionis Competition in Lithuania at the age of 21 (2011), where she became also six special prices, she began her concert activity.
Her last CD (Odradek Records, 2018), where she recorded Concerto for Organ, Violin and Chamber orchestra of lithuanian composer Julius Juzeliūnas together with leading violist Džeraldas Bidva, conductor Adrija Čepaite and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, is in the Grammy-Awards voting list 2019. Other CDs she made with Lithuanian String Quartet (Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society 2013) and Oper singer Nora Petročenko („MAMA Studios“ 2016).
In 2019 she was asked to do a Music Video (creative director Darius Abaris) which was showed together with the live performing orchestra of Lithuanian Philharmony (conductor Robertas Šervenikas) during the important event for Lithuanian Independence Day at the Opera House in Vilnius. In the same year she played solo with Lithuanian Philharmony Orchestra under conducting of Sergey Krylov.
Since 2017 she plays premieres of lithuanian organ pieces which are written for International Musicology conference in Lithuania and she is teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
She made her international recognition after winning some international competitions: in 2011 she won the 1st prize in the International M.K.Čiurlionis Organ Competition, five special prizes (for the best performance of M. K. Čiurlionis‘ pieces; for the best performance of M.K.Čiurlionis‘ Fugue in B flat minor; for creative interpretation of contemporary music; for the most artistic performance; for the youngest finalist) and two recital awards (concert at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society and at the Christopher Summer Festival). In 2012 - 3rd prize in the International L.Janacek organ competition in Brno (Czech Republic). In 2014 - Laureate in the Alumni/AStA Interpretation Competition of Academy of Musik in Detmold and special prize for the best second round in the Petr Eben International Organ Competition in Opava (Czech Republic). In 2015 - 2nd prize and special prize for the best interpretation of J.P.Sweelinck composition in the 9th International J.P. Sweelinck Organ Competition in Gdansk (Poland). In 2017 - 3rd prize in the 1st International Organ Competition in Bialystok (Poland) and semi-finalist in the 8th International Organ Competition in Musashino-Tokyo (Japan). In 2019 - 4th prize in the 2nd International Organ Competition in Shanghai (China).
Her first encounter with music was at the age of six when she started 12 years long to learn at the Čiurlionis-Art-School. Her first instrument was piano, later – at the age of 12 – she started to learn organ with a teacher Vida Prekerytė. Her studies started at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater where she studied Organ (with Prof. Gediminas Kviklys and Prof. Virginija Survilaitė) and Musicology. With different exchange programms Karolina Juodelytė studied at the University of Musik and performing arts in Vienna/Austria (with Prof. Roman Summereder) and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki/Finland (with Prof. Kari Jussila). Her Master and Solist Diploma she acchieved at the Academy of Music in Detmold/Germany with Prof. Dr. Martin Sander. Moreover Karolina Juodelytė finished Bachelor in Church Music and currenty studies her Master in Church Music at the University of Arts in Berlin/Germany.
Karolina Juodelytė has attended organ masterclasses with, among others, G. Bovet, L. van Doeselaar, D. Roth, J. Tůma, H. Lucke, D.Tagliente, T. Jellema, A. Frey, H. Vogel, S. Cherepanov and H.O. Ericson. She has performed as a soloist in various concerts, national and international festivals in Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Finland, Germany, Russia, Luxembourg, Italy and the Czech Republic. She also regularly performs as a member of chamber ensembles and orchestras (Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Bielefelder Philharmoniker, Orchestergesselschaft Detmold, Magdeburger Philharmoniker, Kammerorchester Berliner Cappella, Kammersymphonie Berlin, Concertino Berlin). In 2012 and 2013 she gained an honourable mention from the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and from the Chairman of Lithuanian Parliament Irena Degutienė. In 2013 she received a scholarship fom the DAAD, in 2014 - from Academy of Music in Detmold, in 2015 - A. Toepfer scholarship (Concerto Musikstipendium).