A native of Lithuania, composer Zibuokle Martinaityte has a growing reputation for her innovative chamber and orchestral music. She favors unconventional blends of timbres, expressive virtuosity, and intense utilization of extreme instrumental registers, which often stretch the boundaries and technical capabilities of the performers. Her scores typically give exceptional roles to such instruments as the tuba, trombone, accordion and bassoon, which are traditionally thought to be dull or inert. The composer extracts these instruments from the periphery of the orchestra and puts them into the limelight, where they are notably indispensable.
Martinaityte studied composition at the Lithuanian Music Academy with Bronius Kutavicius and Julius Juzeliunas, receiving a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts degree. Since 1998 she has participated in numerous composition courses in Europe, including the Darmstadt New Music Summer Course, Centre Acanthes/IRCAM, Royaumont, and the 6th International Academy for New Composition and Audio Art in Stavanger and has studied with Brian Ferneyhough, Boguslaw Schaffer, Magnus Lindberg, Tristan Murail, and Jonathan Harvey. In 2001 she received a creative residency at Kunstlerhaus Lukas der Stiftung Kulturfonds, Germany.
Martinaityte’s music has been performed internationally by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Canada), the Smith Quartet (the United Kingdom), the ERGO Ensemble (Canada), the Orchestra of Mons Royal Conservatoire (Belgium), the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles. VivaVoce Magazine has praised her for a “virtuosity and a convincingly alluring rhetoric” that is “rapidly captivating the attention of international audiences.”
Although she has been most active in Europe, Martinaityte is gaining momentum in the United States. In 2008, she won a commission from the MATA festival for her piece Polarities, premiered by the Knights Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony for Artists in 2009 and at the Aaron Copland house in 2010. She lives in New York City.
Her most recent work for symphony orchestra, A Thousand Doors To The World, was commissioned by Lithuanian Radio to commemorate the selection of Vilnius as the 2009 European Capital of Culture and was broadcast in Europe, Australia, and the United States.
Martinaityte’s scores are published by Musikproduktion Hoflich and Karthause-Schmülling in Germany.