Cello Gunda Baranauskaitė

When did you join the RSNO?
December 2022

Where are you from? 
Klaipeda, Lithuania

Where did you study?
Lithuanian Music & Theatre Academy and the Royal Northern College of Music

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO? 
The wonderful sense of community, touring (which wouldn’t be the same without that community), the exciting repertoire and some brilliant soloists we get to play with.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far. 
My very first European tour with the orchestra in 2022. I was still on trial and the world had just started carefully opening up after the Covid-19 pandemic. I truly enjoyed the challenges of getting back to full time playing, the wonderful repertoire and being united with my colleagues by the unanimous excitement of performing and travelling together.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra? 
I enjoy working with the SONO ensemble that my partner and I founded a few years back. Playing aside, I love travelling and exploring new places and cultures. When not on the road I enjoy reading books about architecture, design and psychology. My newest passion is soundbath meditation – I have been curious for a long time and once I have experienced it there is no turning back.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I think I’m really good at creating travel/holiday itineraries.

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
I’d love to have dinner with Marie Curie and hear her personal take on her phenomenal story.

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why? 
1. Orchestral works by Ravel 2. String Quartets by Philip Glass 3. A CD of 80’s Pop Hits and the book that I would take is The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living