Martynas Švėgžda von Bekker
Martynas started taking violin classes at age 5 from his grandmother E. Strazdas-Bekeriene, student of Leopold von Auer, Jan Mařák, J. Feld and Jacques Thibaud.
He gave his first recital at age 7 and played his first concert with the “Vilnius” Symphony Orchestra at age 11.
Martynas attended the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art from 1973 to 1986 and studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre under Raimundas Katlius from 1986 to 1989.
In the following years, he worked with different musicians, such as Eberhardt Feltz (Violin, 1983), Igor Bezrodny (Violin, 1985), Igor Oistrach (Violin, 1988), Volker Banfield (chamber music, 1990), Ralf Gothóni (chambuer music, 1990), Boris Garlitsky (Violin, 1996) sowie Detlef Kraus (chamber music, 1992).
He continued his studies in 1996 at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg under the Russian violinist Mark Lubotsky, completing his graduate exam with distinction.
He lived in Paris from 1997 to 2003, performing as a solo violinist and chamber musician. He worked closely with Ugnė Karvelis, member of UNESCO executive committee. From 2003 to 2017, Martynas was a lecturer at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. From 2009 to 2010 he lived in Boston as a Fulbright Scholar lecturer at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, School of Music. Since 2013, Švėgžda von Bekker has been living in Hamburg and teaching his own violin class. He started lecturing at the Johannes-Brahms-Konservatorium in 2016.