Rusne Mikiskaite is London based saxophonist. She appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in some of the most important concert halls in her native Lithuania and many concert venues abroad. 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. Recently Rusne performed concerts with Laefer saxophone quartet, pianist Imma Setiadi, Thinj Vermeulen, guitarist Luiz Mantovani. In 2016 Rusne played in Cadogan Hall, King’s Place, Southbank Centre in London. In 2015 Rusne toured Estonia and Finland with Quadruplex saxophone quartet. 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, performing 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.
Rusnes diverse programs range from original pieces for saxophone to transcriptions and arrangements, often written by her. Rusne arrangements include pieces of J.S. Bach, G.P. Telemann, A. Piazzolla, S. Prokofjev, Lithuanian composers E. Balsys and F. Latenas arranged for variety of settings: saxophone with strings, piano, percussion, saxophone ensemble or saxophone quartet. Rusne also enjoys playing contemporary music. Few compositions by composers G. Lago and Q. Jacobs were written for her and her chamber music groups.
Rusne finished her studies at Royal College of Music (Artist Diploma with Professor Kyle Horch) in 2016. Rusne had masterclasses with famous saxophonists Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, members of the Habanera saxophone quartet, Marcus Weiss, Jan Schulte-Burnet, Johannes Thorell and Jonathan Helton.