Ignas Maknickas

Born in California in 1998, pianist Ignas Maknickas was raised in Lithuania. In 2017 Ignas
graduated from the National M.K. Čiurlionis School of Art in Vilnius. The School-Leaving
Certificate with Honours was presented to him by the President of Lithuania, H.E. Dalia
Grybauskaitė. Since September 2017 Ignas has been studying with Professor Joanna
MacGregor at the Royal Academy of Music, on a full scholarship.


Ignas has appeared in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland,
Russia, the UK and USA. He has played for the Swedish Royal Family’s delegation in Vilnius
and participated in such festivals as the PianoTexas, Mozarteum Summer Academy, Oxford
Piano, Schleswig-Holstein, MusicFest Perugia and Vilnius Piano. Recently Ignas had solo
recitals at the Steinway Hall in London, the Vaidilos Theatre in Vilnius, Kinross House in
Scotland and Charlottenborg Festival Hall in Copenhagen.


Ignas has attended master-classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Imogen Cooper, Christopher Elton,
Stephen Hough, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Marios Papadopoulos, Menahem Pressler, Geoffrey
Simon, Tamás Ungár and Ilana Vered. Performed as soloist with the Aarhus Symphony,
Alicante Philharmonic, Brunensis Virtuosi Opera Symphony, Dartington Symphony,
Lithuanian National Symphony, Lithuanian State Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber, London
Mozart Players and other orchestras.


Ignas has taken 1st Prize at the XIX Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Youth in
Szafarnia, 1st Prize at the XX Piano Competition “Young Virtuoso” in Zagreb, and 3rd Prize at
the Piano Competition in Enschede. Most recently he has won 3rd Prize at the Aarhus Piano
Competition 2019 and was a semi-finalist at the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions in
NYC, USA.


Honours include “Letters of Appreciation” from the President of Lithuania and the “Little St
Christopher’s Award”. Since 2016 he has been an Artist of the Arts Global Foundation. Ignas
is a recipient of the Molyneaux Prize in 2018, and an ABRSM Scholarship Award in 2019 and
2020. Since 2020 Ignas is a Scholarship Holder of Imogen Cooper Music Trust. In 2021, Ignas
was accepted to the Master of Arts programme at the Royal Academy of Music with full
scholarship.