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Zibuokle Martinaityte

New York, NY   

“The dislocations, rapid acceleration and sudden slowing and the disparate perspectives reconciled in Martinaitytė’s music embody complex structures of perception and rich textures of experience.” “The Wire” magazine, May 2018

“If this music transports you into a haunting, mysterious dream world, don’t worry about it – it’s only doing its job.” – Ingram Marshall wrote about New York-based Lithuanian born composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė’s solo CD In Search of Lost Beauty…. Released on the Starkland label in 2019, it received 2 golden medals at the Global Music Awards for Best Composer and Best Album. In 2020 Žibuoklė was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship and granted the prestigious Lithuanian Government Award for her creative achievements.

Having started her creative career in Europe, in the last decade, her activity is gaining momentum in the USA. In 2008, she was commissioned by MATA festival on their 10th anniversary premiering her piece “Polarities“ by The Knights Chamber Orchestra. She received commissions from the Barlow Endowment (2012), Look+Listen festival (2017), Volti (2018), a fellowship for the Other Minds festival (2011) and the New Works residency at Harvestworks, NY (2016). Her first USA orchestral performance of Horizons took place at the Composers Inc. concert in Berkeley, California (2015). She received the “Look+Listen” Composers Competition Prize (NYC), the Copland House Sylvia Goldstein award and the Composers Now award for residency at the Pocantico Center. She was also awarded a number of fellowships for creative residencies at the MacDowell Colony for Artists in New Hampshire (2009, 2011, 2019), the Aaron Copland house (2010, 2019), the Millay Colony for Artists (2012), Wildacres (2014), Djerassi Artists Residency (2017) and Willapa Bay Residency (2018).

Martinaitytė’s music has been performed throughout Europe, The USA and Asia by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Canada), The Smith Quartet (UK), ERGO Ensemble (Canada), The Orchestra of Mons Royal Conservatoire (Belgium), The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and others. Her work for symphony orchestra “A Thousand Doors To The World” (2009), a commission of the Lithuanian Radio on the occasion of “Vilnius – Culture Capital of Europe 2009” was broadcast by Euro radio – one of the “largest virtual concerts halls” with 4 million listeners. Two of her orchestral pieces received the Lithuanian Composers Union Award as Best Orchestral Performance for 2009, 2013, 2018 and 2019.

Sielunmaisema (2019)

For cello and string orchestra
Performers: Mindaugas Backus (cello) and Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Hartmut Rhode.
Winter 0:18
Spring 8:49
Summer 17:05
Autumn 25:10

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Chiaroscuro Trilogy (2017)

For piano and string orchestra.

Performers: Gabrielius Alekna (piano) and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Robertas Šervenikas

Duration 18′

Part I. Tunnel
Part II.Meteors
Part III. Darkness of Light

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In Search Of Lost Beauty…

It is an excerpt of an hour-long piece “In Search of Lost Beauty…” for piano, violin, cello, electronics and video. Performed by Karen Bentley Pollick (violin), Monica Scott (cello) and Marja Mutru (piano) on October 26th, 2019 at the Paul Dresher Ensemble Studio in Oakland, CA.

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