Marius Reklaitis, Director of the orchestra

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Marius Reklaitis, a Lithuanian born conductor and founder of Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. He graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with an Honours in Music before pursuing Conducting Studies at Masters level. He has participated in several international competitions in Europe, notably winning the National Maxima Scholarship, which was presented by the First Lady Alma Adamkiene and the former President of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus. As a conductor, he has been fortunate to have worked with orchestras including the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Athens Philharmonia Orchestra, South London Sinfonietta and Canterbury Christ Church Symphony and String orchestras. Also talented musicians from all around the world including musicians from Opéra National du Rhin, Lithuanian National Opera, Britten’s Sinfonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra. One of his proudest achievements was conducting a concert in Canterbury Cathedral itself, also performing at the Royal Albert Hall, the Lithuanian National Opera House and at the Vienna Musikverein.

Marius has a lot of natural musicianship and his enthusiasm for music results in him being a strong motivator when working in front of the orchestra.
— Professor Colin Metters Hon RAM

Stephen Bryant, Leader

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Stephen Bryant was born in Croydon, London and began playing the piano at the age of 5 and the violin at 6. At 18, he won a joint first study scholarship to the Royal College of Music studying violin with Professors Kenneth Piper and Hugh Bean – both pupils of the great English violinist, Albert Sammons and piano with Professor Angus Morrison. Whilst there, he won every violin prize open to him and, in addition the medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians, two Leverhulme Scholarships, the Craxton Trust Award and first prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. After further study with Professor David Takeno he was appointed co-leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 24 – a position he held until taking up his present post of Leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1992.

In addition to his BBC role he is in demand as a guest leader and has led all the major British orchestras and a number of orchestras in America, Europe and Asia. As a concertmaster he has collaborated with some of the world’s finest conductors including Pierre Boulez,
Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Witold Lutoslawski, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Michael Tippett, Maxim Shostakovich, Klaus Tennstedt, Sir Andrew Davis, Sakari Oramo and the late Jiri Belohlavek.


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Kamile Zaveckaite, Piano

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Lithuanian Pianist Kamile Zaveckaite born in 1996 graduated National M.K.Čiurlionis school of arts in 2015 with a diploma of honour and at the same year successfully joined F.Liszt‘s Academy of Music in Weimar (Germany), where she studies under Prof. Grigory Gruzman. During this year she won numerous national and international solo and chamber music competitions which lead her to an honour of getting awarded twice for her achievements by the president of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite.

From 2014 Kamile is an annual guest at the famous french piano festival "Piano aux Jacobins" (Toulouse, France), where young pianist shares the stage with some of today's most celebrated pianists such as Martha Argerich, Lukas Geniušas, Lucas Debargue, François Dumont, Arcadi Volodos and others. Winner of more than 10 national and international solo piano competitions, Kamile can also be proud of her latest succes becoming a grant holder of Richard Wagner Scholarship (Bayreuth Association).

Her concert career lead her already to the Baltic States, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czechia and Croatia. Kamile has performed with Jenaer Philharmonie Symphony Orchestra as well with Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra conducted by Martynas Staškus.

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