Duo Auskelyte - Pezzi emerged in 2009 within the walls of the International Music Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, where two young musicians - a Lithuanian violinist Justina Auskelyte and an Italian pianist Cesare Pezzi - were studying. The duo debuted in July 2009 in Ravenna, Italy and since then they have been performing around Europe and the United States including numerous prestigious festivals and world known institutions.
Having mastered their playing with eminent musicians and professors, such as Pavel Berman, Enrico Pace, Boris Kuschnir, Konstantin Bogino, Jurgis Dvarionas, Laurie Smukler and Dario De Rosa, Duo Auskelyte - Pezzi are continuously expanding their repertoire, including violin and piano music from baroque to 21st century and paying particular attention to the chamber music by Lithuanian composers.
In May 2017 Auskelyte and Pezzi presented to the public the first worldwide recording of the complete works for violin and piano by the Lithuanian composer Balys Dvarionas. The recording was released by the largest classical music label Naxos Records and has been enthusiastically reviewed by international critics.
Duo Auskelyte - Pezzi performed at the major festivals in Justina’s homeland Lithuania, successfully debuted at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic in Vilnius, recorded live for the Lithuanian National Radio and Lithuanian National Television and collaborated with Lithuanian artists and composers.
In 2018 Duo Auskelyte - Pezzi debuted at the prestigious festival by Riccardo Muti - International Ravenna Festival, performing complete Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms. The concert was recorded live and is available online.
At the moment Duo Auskelyte - Pezzi are working on their newest recording project that will mark the 10th anniversary of their friendship and collaboration. The new album will include violin and piano masterpieces from different musical eras and will contain 10 works, each having a personal bond with the musicians themselves. The album will be released in fall 2019 by Da Vinci Publishing.