New York, NY – Lithuanian-born Zibuokle is a composer on an international scale. Although primarily centralized in Europe, 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. In 2009 and 2011 she was awarded a fellowship for a residency at The MacDowell Colony for Artists in New Hampshire and was granted the award for residency at the Aaron Copland house in 2010. Her most recent activities include “Other Minds” Fellowship (San Francisco, CA) for the spring of 2011 and receiving the “Look&Listen” Composers Competition Prize (NYC) for the piece “Driving Force”.
Martinaityte studied composition at the Lithuanian Music Academy (BM, MA) with Bronius Kutavicius and Julius Juzeliunas. Since 1998 she has participated in numerous composition courses in Europe including Darmstadt New Music Summer Course, Centre Acanthes/Ircam, Royaumont, The 6th International Academy for New Composition and Audio Art, Stavanger and others studying with Brian Ferneyhough, Boguslaw Schaffer, Magnus Lindberg, Tristan Murail and Jonathan Harvey. Her 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 most current work for symphony orchestra “A Thousand Doors To The World” (2009) commissioned by the Lithuanian Radio on the occasion of “Vilnius – Culture Capital of Europe 2009” was broadcast by Euroradio in many European countries as well as Australia and the USA. It received the Lithuanian Composers Union Award as Best Orchestral Performance for 2009.