The works of New York -based Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė (b. 1973) have been lauded as breathtaking and profoundly moving. Her stimulating music bristles with energy and tension and revolves often around the subject of beauty, which she calls both a guiding principle and an aesthetic measure for sonic quality.
Martinaitytė studied composition at the Lithuanian Music Academy and took part in various composition workshops and courses in Europe studying with Brian Ferneyhough, Boguslaw Schaffer, Magnus Lindberg, Tristan Murail and Jonathan Harvey. In 2001 she was granted her first creative residency at Künstlerhaus Lukas der Stiftung Kulturfonds, Germany.
Although she began her career in Europe, the last decade of her activity has been gaining momentum in the USA where she received commissions from the MATA festival, the Barlow Endowment, Look+Listen Festival, Volti, Bang On A Can Marathon and others. She has received numerous awards such as the Look+Listen Composers Competition Prize (NYC), the Copland House Sylvia Goldstein award and the Composers Now award for residency at the Pocantico Center. In 2020 she was granted the Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Lithuanian Government Award for her creative achievements.
Described as a textural magician, Martinaitytė has a growing reputation for her chamber and orchestral music. In 2021 Ondine Records released the CD “Saudade” which includes three works for symphony orchestra: Saudade, Millefleur and Horizons and the Chiaroscuro Trilogy for piano and string orchestra. The album has gained wide critical acclaim with reviews in the New York Times, Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine and Limelight Magazine. The Stereophile Magazine did not either spare its praise and chose it as the Recording of April 2021. Martinaitytė’s previous solo CD "In Search of Lost Beauty", released in 2019, received two gold medals at the Global Music Awards (Best Composer and Best Album).
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