The Lithuanian pianist Gaiva Bandzinaite discovered her affinity to vocal literature through German and French poetry.
After finishing her concert piano studies in Vilnius with honours, she pursued her passion and studied Lied accompaniment in Graz. Upon finishing her studies there, she received the Furtherance Prize awarded by the Austrian minister of culture.
Since 1995 she teaches in the vocal department of the Mozarteum.Amongst her numerous concert appearances Gaiva Bandzinaite has accompanied such singers as Violeta Urmana, Birgid Steinberger (Festival du Lied Fribourg), Jekaterina Tretjakova (Konzerthaus Vienna), Konrad Jarnot (Gasteig Munich/ London) and Bernd Lambauer. In addition, she has performed in numerous festivals, playing in Lincoln Center New York, in the Hugo Wolf House in Slovenj Gradec, in the Musikverein Graz as well as in the Philharmonic Halls of Ljubljana and Vilnius.
Between 2003 and 2004 she recorded the entire Lied output of the Slovenian composer Marij Kogoj with the singer Barbara Jernejcic-Fürst.
The pianist has worked with such singers as Sir Willard White and Inge Borkh. Furthermore she has accompanied master classes held by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Thomas Hampson, Christa Ludwig, Brigitte Fassbaender, Lilian Sukis, Kurt Widmer, Breda Zakotnik, and Helmut Deutsch.
She is an official accompanist for singers of the International Mozart Competition, and within the Salzburg Festival was directress of studies for the Young Singers Project.
In her native Lithuania Gaiva Bandzinaite holds a guest professorship at the University of Kaunas and is regularly invited to coach at the State Opera in Vilnius. She has been active as a répétiteuse in productions in Luxembourg and in the Theater an der Wien, and in such festivals as the Salzburg Festival, the Steirischer Herbst and the Styriarte.
A further interest of the pianist concerns the combined efforts of diverse art-forms. As a member of the Künstlervereinigung Warve Musica she led a symposium in the Palais Wittgenstein in Vienna that dealt with the mutual relationship of painting and music in the twentieth century.
She also performed in a concert series of the Konzerthaus Vienna (O-Ton) together with the author Margaret de Moor and the singer Johanna von der Deken.
Beginning in the autumn of 2018 Gaiva Bandzinaite will be entrusted with a concert series of her own in Nida on the Curonian Spit, Lithuania.