Ugne is a PhD candidate and Doctoral Bursary holder at the Centre for Performance Science, Royal College of Music, where she is investigating the emotional intelligence of musicians. She very recently graduated with a Distiction from MSc in Performance Science at the RCM, where investigated the relationship between emotion regulation proceses and self-regulated learning.
Having studied classical piano performance and pedagogy at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, Ugne is also a collaborative pianist and educator. She is laureate of several international music competitions in Italy and Lithuania, and has also participated in masterclasses with internationally renowned pianists, such as Christopher Elton, Eugen Indjic, Angela Hewitt. Ugne participated in the Erasmus Exchange program, studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where she was first introduced to performance science. As a chamber musician, Ugne co-founded the piano trio ‘Colors’ and won several international competitions as well as performed throughout Europe. In 2015 the ensemble was awarded the Merit Diploma by Lithuanian Republic President Dalia Grybauskaite in recognition of their achievements. As an educator, Ugne undertook a traineeship as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Braganca Music and Dance Conservatory and later as accompanist at the Lisbon Superior School of Music in Portugal. In 2015-2017 Ugne was a piano lecturer at the annual Adult Summer Music Academy held at the LMTA.
Faculties / departments: Research