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Karolis Šarkus is one of the young generation jazz musicians from Lithuania. National press already described him as a very promising music figure. Started from classical saxophone at the age of 6, Karolis now studies jazz and plays a variety of musical genres. He finished his bachelor studies in Conservatorium van Amsterdam under direction of Jasper Blom and Simon Rigter, studied in the Philadelphia with Dick Oatts for a while and now is seeking to get his master’s degree studying with Ben Van Gelder (Amsterdam). Karolis has already performed in Lithuania, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Romania, Italy, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Furthermore, he won some international competitions - 7th International Student Jazz Festival (Grand Prix - Targu Mures, RO), Vilnius Jazz Young Power 2014 (Grand Prix - Vilnius, LT), 22nd International Juozas Pakalnis Competition (Grand Prix - Vilnius, LT) and more. He is a steady member of five bands, released 2 albums as as sideman and is going to release two more - as a co-leader (November 2020) and a debut album as a leader (February 2021).



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