Onutė Narbutaitė

Narbutaitė_Onutė_photo by Arūnas Baltėnas

Onutė Narbutaitė (born 1956) is one of the most remarkable Baltic composers of recent decades, who stands out with her vivid, inspiring and associative artistic thought. The Warsaw Autumn Festival in 1994, at which her compositions began to be performed, was a significant event helping her music to become more widely known. Later, four CDs of her work published by Finlandia Records, and two CDs of her symphonic music by Naxos, established her name in contemporary music. Narbutaitė’s style could be defined as ‘conceptual concert music’. According to the British conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee, ‘Onutė’s music transcends time and place; resists any attempt at stylistic categorisation or pigeonholing; and triumphantly leaps the bounds of any demarcation of limits upon its emotional and intellectual compass’ (Onutė Narbutaitė: From Vilnius to the World, Lithuanian Music Link, No 19, January-December 2016, p.6). Her main works are the monumental oratorio Centones mea urbi (1997), her Symphony No 2 (2001), Tres Dei Matris Symphoniae (2003), La Barca (2005), River Bank Symphony (Krantas upė simfonija, 2007), Was There a Butterfly? (Ar tai buvo drugelis?, 2013), and the opera The Cornet (Kornetas, LNOBT, 2014). Narbutaitė’s compositions have been performed by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Bavaria Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg State Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Amadeus, the Vilnius City Municipality St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and others.

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