Rasa Daukus is an award-winning pianist and composer. An experienced educator, she is passionate about teaching music creatively, and following four years as the Director of Music at the University of Canberra is offering her group-focussed classes developed especially for adult students at Ainslie Arts Centre.
As a pianist, Rasa has specialised in contemporary classical ensemble repertoire, and credits her main teachers – Larry Sitsky and John Luxton in Australia, and Jeffrey Jacob in the USA – in helping shape her interpretive direction. Work in the recording industry, with non-classical labels including BMG, RCA/Ariola, Arista, Geffen, Restless, and Deconstruction Records, has also informed her creative choices.
A keen collaborator, Rasa’s interest in conceptual and cross-disciplinary platforms has involved work alongside filmmakers, visual and multimedia artists, designers, dancers and choreographers. She is thrilled to be part of CO.LAB – an investigative collaborative creative practice that commenced in 2017 under the direction of Alison Plevey with the Australian Dance Party.
In 2017 she was a featured composer in the first Women in (New) Music: Women’s Day Marathon curated by Second Inversion (Seattle, USA); appointed to the Board of Luminescence Chamber Singers; and as part of contemporary classical duo Tess Said So, an ongoing partnership with percussionist Will Larsen, won both the Weekly Award and BankSA Award (Overall Outstanding Event) for Best Interactive, Film & Digital at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for their original live soundtrack production and performance to Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror.