Raminta Šerkšnyte (born in Kaunas, Lithuania) is a Lithuanian composer, pianist and associate professor of composition. Her De profundis for string orchestra was described by maestro Gidon Kremer as “the calling card of Baltic music”.
Raminta Šerkšnyte’s music is distinguished by its poetic nature, powerful emotional impact and its one-of-a-kind beauty created by Baltic mysticism and melancholy. The search for and coexistence of the archetypes from both Western and Eastern cultures are inherent in her music. She has invented her own composing system and called it the “fusion of major and minor”. Her creative output ranges from large-scale opera, orchestral compositions to chamber works and pieces for young audience.
Raminta Šerkšnyte is a laureate of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts (the highest artistic distinction in Lithuania, in 2008). In 2020 she was nominated for a Gramophone Classical Music Award. Her music has been performed by the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, violinists Gidon Kremer, Irvine Arditti and by many other musicians. The works have been performed in numerous festivals and concerts, including such venues as the Lincoln Center (New York), the Wiener Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonic. Raminta Šerkšnyte‘s music is included in releases by Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, BR-Klassik, Sono Luminus and Music Information Centre Lithuania.