Lithuania – Vilnius
Another wunderkind, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911), who could play by ear at the age of three and sight-read music freely by age seven, arrived in Leipzig in 1901 where he studied composition at the Conservatory for two years. Clara Schumann had already passed away, but Čiurlionis certainly saw Edvard Grieg when the then already famous composer performed in or visited the “Gewandhaus” in Leipzig. Later Čiurlionis returned to Warsaw where he had studied at the Conservatory before and where he now enrolled in the Warsaw School of Fine Arts to study drawing. Čiurlionis moved within both musical and artistic circles in Lithuania, Poland and Russia. He described himself as a synesthete, which means that he perceived colours and music simultaneously, his syntheses of music and painting being unique in art history.
To keep the remembrance of the gifted painter and composer alive the M.K. Čiurlionis House offers room for chamber music, recordings and art exhibitions within the authentic premises of Čiurlionis’ years in Vilnius. Besides hosting cultural events, exhibitions and conferences, the M.K. Čiurlionis House gathers and publishes information about the artist’s life and work, presenting their findings at home and abroad.