RPS Composer 2020 | Commission for Music in the Round 2021
Born in 1984, Rūta Vitkauskaitė’s musical interests are widely varied. While working in the field of classical composition, she has also dedicated much of her time to researching collaborative music creation and music personalisation. Ruta recently received her PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music where she focused on audience engagement and collective music creation. Her collaborative electro-acoustic opera for blind-folded audience Confessions created by Spatial Opera Company has won Golden Stage Cross in Lithuania, and since then has toured across Lithuania, Sweden and the EU, with 47 shows to date. Her Walking Opera (an opera co-created with communities and presented as sound-walk around local areas) premiered in Aarhus Capital of Culture 2017, and was re-created in Notting Hill, London. Her ensemble and orchestral compositions have been five times awarded as Best Composition of the Year by the Lithuanian Composers Union, while her music has been performed in festivals across Europe including Gaudeamus, Operadagen, Apeldoorn, sound, Nordbeg, BZZZ, Halland, Gaida, NOA, Q-O2 Winter fest, SUSA and elsewhere, and has been broadcast on Lithuanian National TV, LRT Classic, BBC Radio 3, Deutschlandradio Kultur (a special one-hour portrait) and many independent radio stations.
Ruta has also been an active initiator of experimental music projects, from collaborative groups to large-scale festivals. She was director of Druskomanija Festival and workshop series 'The Process' in Lithuania for several years, facilitator of 'New Music Incubator' in Nordic and Baltic countries and across Europe, facilitator and tutor at the ComposersPlus summer academy in Lithuania, and is currently initiator of CoMA (Contemporary Music for All)'s Glasgow branch.