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Diana Čemerytė

Diana Čemerytė (*1974) studied music theory and composition at the Vilnius Conservatoire with Teisutis Makačinas in 1990–1994, in 1993–1994 she studied composition privately with Rytis Mažulis. In 1994–2000 she continued her composition studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Osvaldas Balakauskas. In 1998–2001 she worked as the editor and presenter for Lithuanian National Radio’s classical program. Since 2001 Diana Čemerytė has been a freelance artist based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. From 2003–2006 she studied musicology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. In 2004–2005 she received the scholarship of the Mozart-Stiftung von 1838 zu Frankfurt am Main.

Since 1993 the composer has been constantly participating in various contemporary music festivals and concerts in Lithuania and abroad. In 1997 Diana Čemerytė’s opera for children, Heaven on Earth, was produced by J. Miltinis Drama Theatre in Panevėžys. In 2001 the composer received the commission from the Buckow Art and Culture Support Society to create Ave Maris Stella, oder zehn Minuten mit Organum, in 2003 from the Ministry of Culture of the Land of Brandenburg – to create Lamentation, in 2005 from the Kasseler Musiktage – to create Bild ohne Rahmen. She is a prize-winner of the ad libitum 2019/2020 composition competition, and in 2020 she received the prize for the best chamber instrumental work (Mondgesang) at the competition organized by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union. In 2019, the first CD of her music, Mondgesänge für Blockflöte und Akkordeon, was released by Genuin Classics.

According to the composer Rytis Mažulis, Čemerytė’s music “…is characterized by asceticism, transparent and purified, reduced musical structure. Perhaps, this is prompted by the composer’s focus on the early music or her studies of Gregorian chant. I would like to emphasize the unique organization of musical space, ideas of structural layering, ability to obtain the “depth” of sound – a certain polyphonic way of thinking. In her MA thesis, the composer discusses the issue of the spiritual in music in the postmodern context – this, to my mind, is closely related to what Diana is trying to realize practically as a composer. ”