The music of Zita Bružaitė is so manifold and varied that it seems as if the composer is consciously changing her style with every new composition, from philosophical eloquence to light-hearted tricks in the vein of medieval minstrels.

  © Dainora Merčaitytė   Lithuanian Music Link No 7

 

1991 as a student of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre,  Zita Bružaitė received an award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania for her composition Toeliali“.

1994 graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, prof. Julius Juzeliūnas composition class.

1996 joined the Lithuanian Composers’ Union.

1997, 2001 - 2002, 2005 and 2009 the composer was awarded creation work scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

1998 together with the violinist Ilona Klusaitė established a chamber ensemble of the changing composition “Collegium”.

2002, 2004 and 2009 attended the creative workshops in Austria.

In the beginning of 2003 lived and worked in Visby International Centre for Composers (Gotland, Sweden).

2003 and 2014 received awards for “Fading Dance“ and Lumen Fidei“ in the competition of the best musical compositions of the year held by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union.

2003 - “Music Autumn” festival winner and the most memorable festival “Iš Arti” creator.

2007-2012 became a chairwoman of Kaunas division of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union.

2007 started organising a contemporary music festival “Iš Arti”.

2008 awarded a “Fortuna” prize for her significant input into musical life of Kaunas theatres and “Real Music” prize for  the contemporary vocal, instrumental, choral music  as well as music for children.

2008 - first personal CD “Sonetai ir šokiai” (En. “Sonnets and Dances”) released.

Zita Bružaitė has been initiating artistic and publishing projects (“Culture Chronicles at Close”; a sound and visual performance “Maironis, Kalanta and I”, “Open the Windows - it’s Friday!”; arranging the releases of personal CD albums by the composers Dalia Kairaitytė  and Algimantas Kubiliūnas, etc.) since 2009.

2009 - the composer elected as a chairwoman of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union.

2010 - the “Real Music” prize for ethnic music  heritage conservation and  enhancement.

2011 - resided in the Presteigne Music Festival (UK).

Zita Bružaitė has been a lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy since 2012.

 

    Zita Bružaitė is the composer most recognized by her chamber as well as choral music, even though there is a raft of compositions written for stage, children, theatre and conceptual performances not to mention some electronic music as well. The stylistical language of the artist could be best described as assorti (Fr. well - chosen) or by prefix post, since the whole musical language Zita Bružaitė uses consists of assorted folk, the Middle Ages‘ and jazz elements or their combinations that all result in the creation of contemporary, romantic or other historical periods‘ allusions. The creator is very fond of riturneline forms and as a consequence her compositional structures are best indentified by repetitions, musical material transformations in rhythmic, pitch or mode levels, gentle elegiac moods or unusually quirky passages that suggest the concert performance priorities. In the last decade Zita Bružaitė‘s musical works have been based on the clearly defined musical locking elements, traditional notation, with only little freedom given for the performers to express themselves.

 

Photo by Liutauras Paškevičius, 2014 ©

 

          
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