For the second year in a row, Vilniaus Prekyba Support Fund DABAR will contribute to the Master’s studies of one of Lithuania’s most talented pianists, Ignas Maknicks, at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Pianist Ignas Maknickas is one of Lithuania’s most gifted musicians – he has won numerous awards and first played with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra at the age of just nine. In 2017, he graduated from the National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Art. In July 2021, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. His final piano recital was awarded the highest score in the history of the Academy’s piano department, and the Lithuanian pianist graduated with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence, the highest possible award for a student.
Vilniaus Prekyba Support Fund DABAR will cover the cost of the student’s accommodation at the Academy’s dormitory, amounting to EUR 10,000.
“This donation is not just about living expenses in London. It is an inspiring recognition of my achievements, a vote of confidence in my musical intuition, and an encouragement to strive for more. I am sincerely grateful to the Fund for its generous support!”, said Maknickas.
To find out more about Ignas Maknickas and his journey as a pianist, please visit: Biography | Ignas Maknickas
The Fund is increasingly focusing on individual scholarships, which are awarded to the most talented and advanced Lithuanian pupils and students. In addition to the second scholarship awarded to Ignas Maknickas, four students from Vilnius University – Nikolajus Elkana Eimutis, Jaroslav Rutkovkij and Domantas Čiapas – have also been awarded incentive scholarships. The students won the hackathon organised during the VU Career Days and secured a scholarship of EUR 4,500 from the support fund.
The Fund’s subsidiary also awarded a scholarship of EUR 19,000 to Dominykas Neverbickas to attend Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania, USA. Neverbickas received USD 48,000 in funding from Perkiomen School to cover his tuition fees, which amount to USD 70,000 per year.
Scholarships for Lithuanian pupils and students are expected to form a significant part of the overall support provided by the Fund in the future. In 2021, the support provided by Vilniaus Prekyba Support Fund DABAR made up EUR 226,000.