Dr Egidija Medekšaitė (b. 1979) received a PhD in composition from the Durham University by Prof. Richard Rinjvos and Dr Sam Hayden in 2016. She studied composition at the universities of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Prof. Rytis Mažulis), and Stuttgart Academy of Music, where her teachers included Marco Stroppa and Caspar J. Walter. In 2003 she took part in the Programme of Composition and Music Technology in Tampere (Finland). In 2004 she attended master classes in Istebna (Poland), Dundaga (Latvia) and the Acanthes Composition Workshop in Metz (France), where she studied with Jonathan Harvey, Philippe Manoury and Martin Matalon. The composer participates in various interdisciplinary projects, writes music for dance performances and movies, her music is constantly performed in contemporary music festivals in Lithuania and abroad.
Egidija Medekšaitė composes mostly chamber music, often combining acoustic and electronic sound. One of the most important underlying principles in her work is strict organization of all parameters of music, based on some predefined patterns (progressions of pitches or durations, different numerological prodecures, etc). However, Medekšaitė’s music sounds more as a meditative flow than mathematically built structures.
Medekšaitė’s music was performed by Quatuor Bozzini (Canada), Apartment House (UK), Ruthless Jabiru (UK), Lithuanian National Symphony orchestra (Lithuania), chamber choir “Jauna muzika” (Lithuania), Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble (Germany), string quartet “The Smith quartet” (UK), string quartet “Chordos” (Lithuania), cellist Anton Lukoszevieze (UK), ensemble “Oneplusone” (Latvia), bassoon quartet “Vilniaus fagotynas” (Lithuania), orkest de Volhardong (Netherlands), Šv. Kristoforo chamber string orchestra (Lithuania), vocal group „Cosmos“ (Latvia).