Silvija Miliūnaitė

Composer Silvija Miliūnaitė merges in her work the influences of the Western classical music she has experienced as a violinist with the aesthetic ideas of minimalism and neo-romanticism she is so fond of now. For Silvija, the inspiration mostly lies in the combination of musical traditions and modern means of musical expression rather than in the need for relentless experiments and revolutions. Her personal ties with each and every of her pieces is poetic and intimate, while her attitude towards the listener is communicative. Her compositions, according to Silvija, sometimes bear traces of pop and rock music that “breathes softly at her back”, one such example being her collaboration with Antis (Duck), the nation’s legendary rock band which included her ANTISymphony for string quartet into its 2013 album Baisiai Džiugu! (Extremely Thrilled). More recently, she has worked extensively as a ballet and modern dance composer.

Rasa Murauskaitė


From 1999 to 2012, Silvija Miliūnaitė attended the Juozas Naujalis Music School in Kaunas where she studied violin and composition before entering the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre where she continued her composition studies under Mindaugas Urbaitis and received her master’s in 2022.

Her music has been played by many of Lithuania’s leading performers and ensembles, including pianists Indrė Baikštytė and Rokas Zubovas, sopranos Viktorija Miškūnaitė and Vera Talerko, cellists Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė and Gleb Pyšniak as well as the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, the Kaunas City Symphony, the Lietuva Song and Dance Ensemble, the Jauna Muzika Choir, the Bel Canto Choir, and the Art Vio String Quartet.

Her music has been performed in Lithuania, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Switzerland and Poland.

Concerto for violin and string orchestra (2019) is among her most prominent pieces the debut performance of which featured Džeraldas Bidva, a Lithuanian violinist and the concert master of Kremerata Baltica. This has led to Silvija’s closer collaboration with the internationally renowned ensemble which has since played more of her compositions. One of their most recent joint programs, titled From Darkness to Light, commemorates the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine.

Rasa Murauskaitė

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