Vytautas has a long and intriguing cultural and musical history. His grandfather, Antanas Smetona, was the last President of independent Lithuania. Escaping the 1940 Soviet occupation of Lithuania, Antanas arrived and settled in the United States in 1941 with his family.
His mother, Birute, was a concert pianist and appeared as a soloist with German conductor Franz von Hoesslin. His older brother, Anthony, was also a pianist appearing with the Hamburg Symphony in the Brahms B-Flat Piano Concerto. Vytautas’ primary teachers were his mother and brother.
Vytautas made his recorded debut in 1979 entitled, Vytautas Smetona Plays Chopin, Listz, and Rachmaninoff, and enjoyed a successful career performing as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and St. Louis Symphony orchestras, as well as performing in venues such as New York’s Town Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall.
In March of 1983 Vytautas’ musical career was interrupted after a performance at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He has not performed or released any new recordings in over thirty years.
Vytautas has returned and we’re excited to be a part of his first release in over three decades, ALL THE WAY BACK. This new release explores some of history’s finest repertoire paired with Vytautas’ original composition, Capriccio in D Major.
You can listen to a release trailer below. ALL THE WAY BACK will be available this April via Navona Records: navonarecords.com/catalog/nv5992