Pianist Ruta Riktere graduated from the Lithuanian Music Academy, where she is currently teaching piano and piano duo. She is a laureate at the International M.K.Čiurlionis Piano Competition in Lithuania and the International V. Bucchi Piano Duo Competition in Rome. For her wide performing activity she has been granted the Lithuanian National Award of Culture and Art. Since 1989, she has been performing in a piano duo with pianist Zbignevas Ibelhauptas and representing Lithuanian music culture at various festivals in Europe, Russia, Japan. Their concerts have been broadcast by the Lithuanian National TV, Lithuanian and European radio stations.