Domantas Karalius, a pianist who holds the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Scholarship at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, grew up in Kaunas, Lithuania. After a year of study at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, in 2014 he transferred to the Bard Conservatory to study piano with Benjamin Hochman. He has won first prize at many international competitions including the 2009 “Klaveri eriala opilaste koolidevahelisel konkursil” competition in Estonia, and the "Kaunas Sonorum 2011" competition in Lithuania. In 2014, he won a YAMAHA Music Foundation of Europe award for piano performance.
Avery Morris, Violinist, attends the Bard Conservatory of Music and Bard College where she is a student of Weigang Li, of the Shanghai String Quartet. Prior to Bard, she was a student of Alexander Treger, former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Avery has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as a first violinist in the American Youth Symphony, the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theatre, where she and her twin sister soloed with orchestra, performing on “Sundays Live” KUSC and KCSN Radio; preceding a concert with the Palisades Symphony as the 2013 first prizewinners of the symphony’s Concerto Competition. On the international stage, she has performed in historic halls in Eastern Europe and Russia as a participant of the Bard Conservatory’s 2014 Tour. Avery has had the opportunity to work with artists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Laurie Smukler, Frank Huang, Margaret Lysy, Antonio Lysy and James Buswell, as well as perform in master classes for Charles Castleman, Danielle Belen, Joan Kwuon and Raymond Gniewek. She has attended the Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Luzerne Music Festival, Center Stage Strings and Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France. Avery plays on a 1985 Grubaugh Violin, on generous loan from a private foundation.
An advocate for music as a powerful vehicle for social change, Avery is the co-founder of “Sounds of Social Change”, a student-initiated, Bard Trustee Leader Scholar Project (TLS) aimed at teaching and mentoring young musicians living throughout the world. As the co-director of the project, Avery and her colleagues recently received a 2015 Davis Projects for Peace Prize and a $10,000 grant to fund their summer residency in Siloé, a slum of Cali, Colombia.
In addition to her Violin studies, Avery is completing a degree in Mathematics at Bard College.