Rusne Mikiskaite is saxophonist currently residing in Dubai, UAE. She appeared
as a soloist and chamber musician in some of the most important concert halls in her native Lithuania as well as in the UK, where she spend 9 years performing, teaching and studying.
Rusne’s performance in long-running Lithuanian festival “Recurrences” was described by the art portal “7art days” as “full of virtuoso lines, strong musical climaxes and entertaining
extended technique sound effects”.
Rusne is a winner of the III prize in the International Jurjans Andrejs Woodwind Instrument Competition in 2016. Rusne also won a Concerto Competition at Royal College of Music in 2016, performing Fantasia by H. Villa-Lobos for soprano saxophone, together with the RCM Philharmonic orchestra. Recently Rusne appeared as a soloist with Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra performing A. Glazunov’s concerto for alto saxophone.
Rusne performed many concerts with Laefer Quartet and Duo Fantasia at the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. James’s Piccadilly, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and other venues across the UK.
In Summer 2017 Rusne was invited to teach and play at the international music festival and summer course Trakai Fanfare Week in Lithuania. She also played concerts at Cadogan Hall, King’s Place and Southbank Centre.
Rusne toured Estonia and Finland with Quadruplex saxophone quartet in 2015, performed many concerts in the Netherlands and Germany in with ArtEZ/HKU saxophone orchestra. She performed in Lithuania and the Netherlands with the Dutch pianist Thijn Vermeulen . Rusne
also played solo in Lithuanian National Television, her live recordings were streamed on Lithuanian National Radio. In year 2011 Rusnė was a member of the European Saxophone Ensemble. She toured 10 European Countries with this ensemble, making music together with other 11 saxophonists from different EU countries and the artistic director Cezarius Gadzina.
Rusne is a prize winner of three National J. Pakalnis music competitions in Lithuania. Rusne’s diverse programmes range from original pieces for saxophone to transcriptions and arrangements, often written by her. Few compositions by composers G. Lago and Q. Jacobs were written for her and her chamber music groups.