Cellist EDMUNDAS KULIKAUSKAS was educated at the National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, under the tutorship of Prof. Rimantas Armonas. He pursued his studies at the Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory, with one of the leading cello authorities, Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaya, graduating in 1984. In 1989, he was appointed principal cello with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. In 1990, he joined the Lithuanian String Quartet and became the resident artist with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, where he currently works as the principal cello of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (from 1996).

Over the years he has been active as an advocate and performer of Lithuanian contemporary academic music, appearing regularly at international contemporary music festivals, such as the Gaida, the Vilnius Festival and the St. Christopher Summer Festival in Vilnius, where he has performed and premiered works by Vidmantas Bartulis, Faustas Latėnas, Osvaldas Balakauskas and Anatolijus Šenderovas. As a soloist he performed Antanas Rekašius’s Cello Concerto with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Together with other musicians, he has committed to disc works by Osvaldas Balakauskas (ASV/BIS), Vladas Jakubėnas and Faustas Latėnas (LMIPC).

Chamber music has always occupied a special place among his other musical activities. In chamber performances he has shared the stage with a number of prominent musicians, including pianist Petras Geniušas, violinists Pavel Berman, Vilhelmas Čepinskis and Martynas Švėgžda von Bekker, violist Girdutis Jakaitis clarinetist Algirdas Budrys, members of the Ysa?e and the Vilnius string quartets. He also performs regularly with the Gaida Ensemble and the Kaskados Piano Trio, with which he has toured the most of Europe, Israel, Japan, Canada and South Korea. In 2002, together with the Kaskados Piano Trio, he was awarded the 1st prize at the 9th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.

In 2004, he was invited to teach cello at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.