Stasys Povilaitis, Lithuanian singer and poet, died at 68

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Stasys Povilaitis, born on January 15, 1947 and died October 6, 2015 in the morning after a serious illness.

Stasys was a Lithuanian singer. He was born in Kaunas and died in Vilnius.

Stasys studied music in Kaunas, where he learned to play the violin and oboe.

Later he was a member of a youth variety ensemble.

In 1965-1975 Stasys studied journalism in Vilnius University and was spotted by composer Mikas Maitkevičius who invited him to join the band Ritmas.

In 1970 Stasys was a member of philharmonic ensemble Nemuno Ziburiai which toured across the Soviet Union.

In 1973 he joined ensemble Nerija and soon became widely popular.

In 1984-1987 Stasys performed together with the association of variety ensembles and orchestras of Vilnius.

From 1987 he performed with a concert organisation Tonas and as a solo artist in Lithuania and abroad.

Throughout his career Stasys recorded dozens of albums.

In 1967 he was the laureate of the Baltic states’ competition Liepaja Amber held in Latvia, in 1968 received Vilnius Bokstai diploma, in 1970 he was the laureate of the competition the Polish Song.

In 1991 Stasys was awarded the Antanas Sabaniauskas Prize, in 1997, the Bravo prize for accomplishments in music.

In 1997 Stasys was bestowed the 5th degree Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, in 2007 he was awarded the Government Prize for Culture and Arts, in 2013, the medal For Merit to Vilnius and the Nation.

Stasyspassed away on October 6, 2015 in the morning after a serious illness.

 

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