Justina Repečkaitė


Justina Repeckaite

     Repečkaitė cultivates particularly strict manner of writing. In this kind of music every move and detail is accurately prospected, the primal conception develops in to a well calculated system where all important aspects are balanced. Even music written for small ensembles has a degree of monumentality, as if it was a realization of designs dictated by higher powers. Repečkaitė’s musical language is complicated, but clear and readable. Gravitational waves ruling a piece determine ruthlessness’s of this aesthetics and there is no attempt to daydream or spend any time in the state of beauty.  It is an intellectual move whose orbit is drawn with the sharpest pencil.
Šarūnas Nakas, composer and cultural critic

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Darmstadt Summer Course

Posted on August 1, 2021
Pulsating skin performance. Photos Santiago Villar Martín.

Justina attended Darmstadt Summer Course – the international platform for contemporary and experimental musical practices and composition. Her new piece Pulsating skin for 4 snare drums and electronics was performed by Pablo Mena Escudero, Federico Tramontana, Romane BouffiouxCorentin Barro and Justina Repeckaite herself by the Saint Ludwig church in Darmstadt. It was part of the workshop Music in the City led by Christian Dierstein, Francoise Rivalland, David Helbich & Cathy Milliken.

Program note of Pulsating skin 13″

4 snare drums have transducers – small loud-speakers that transmits sound towards the interior of the instrument, attached to their skin. Sound is being sent to drums that act like resonating bodies manipulated by human touch. These harmonies are inspired by the physical models, the resonance of a circular membrane tuned to a snare drum frequency. Performers illuminate the sounds they are hearing (and feeling!) with no score to follow. The pulses that guide musicians are created from a superposition of slightly different frequencies as the sound alternately interfere constructively and destructively thus creating pulsation (beats). Snare drums radiate mechanical pulses characteristic to the city combined with allusions to the nature still present in urban surroundings.

Performance of Pulsating skin. Photo David Helbich.

Performance of Pulsating skin. Photo David Helbich. Other pictures Santiago Villar Martin.

Duo Dubois also performed Repeckaite’s composition Ciclo Continuo (2021) for soprano saxophone and percussion in the Open Space of Darmstadt Summer Course , available online.

Justina’s participation at the festival was supported by i-Portunus creative mobility program.

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Digital Showcase by Lithuanian Culture Institute

Posted on March 21, 2021
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“The Lithuanian Culture Institute and Music Information Centre invite you to the first Lithuanian Art Music showcase, which features some of the most outstanding Lithuanian composers and performers of art music today. (more…)

Rapid Eye Movements in Chicago

Posted on February 7, 2021
Rotunda from Symphony Center, Chicago.

Justina’s composition Rapid Eye Movements (2014) for alto flute, horn, violin and cello will have a USA premiere by the members of Civic Orchestra of Chicago in an Episode 2: Shared Reality.

Rapid Eye Movements was 1st performed by the Ensemble 2e2m (cond. Mathias Naon) and since then recorded by LENsemble (cond.  Vykintas Baltakas) for their album Contemporary Music Series: Lithuania (2016)

Episode 2: Shared Reality is available to watch beginning on Thursday, February 18, 2021 on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra website. (more…)

Rūta Staneviciūtė on microtonal music

Posted on December 10, 2020
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“Microtonal music is probably the most striking utopia of Lithuanian music that emerged  in between two worlds wars. For a long time it seemed that we had J.Kačinskas and 50 years in, – R.Mažulis. But when my colleges and I started to get interested in the topic we have found phenomena also in the near Soviet times. And now we have a new generation of composers whose music is rich in microtonality. For example, Justina Repečkaitė interestingly combines the Paris school of spectral music with the inspirations of medieval, Middle Eastern and traditional music.” (more…)

“Alchemy. Justina Repeckaite”

Posted on December 10, 2020
Justina's photo by Cyril Etien used for the radio show

Šarūnas Nakas, composer and cultural critic, prepared a radio essay Alchemy. Justina Repečkaitė for Lithuanian National Radio :

“It seems like Repečkaitė is some kind of a situational alchemist: her compositions are like life cycles of sonic figures, also, sounds themselves are very materialistic. Processes are quite plant-like, truly organic: withering, germinating, unfolding, wilting, bursting into bloom, blossoming.“


Reviews on Vellum for orchestra

Posted on November 12, 2020
Justina Repeckaite with conductor Anu Tali and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra

The result was like a zone of constant tension, where the sounds of low-pitched strings and continuous percussion laid the foundation for stability (parchment), and the sharp upward moving  impulses of string instruments and percussion accents carved this parchment with anxious words, dots, exclamations and other signs. Paulina Nalivaikaite


“The time stoping Justina Repeckaite’s music”

Posted on November 12, 2020
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Listen to the podcast of the radio show Sound expedition (Garso ekspedicija) by Rasa Murauskaite on the Lithuanian National Radio Klasika here:

“The third Sound expedition itinerary leads to the hypnotising and time stoping Justina Repeckaite’s music labyrinth.The creator travelled from Paris to Vilnius to listen to her premiere of Vellum played at the international contemporary music festival Gaida. (more…)

Transduced Cursus IRCAM premiere

Posted on July 17, 2020
photo Thierry De Mey

             Transduced (2020) for percussions (3 snare drums, cymbal, Tibetan bowl), 3 transducers & electronics was filmed at the Center Pompidou. The piece, performed by Yannick Monnot, surrounded by radiating lights of Pauline Falourd, was streamed on the 7-8 September during Manifeste festival, Paris. Big thanks to my tutor Jean Lochard and sound engineer Jérémie Bourgogne. The Cursus IRCAM program was challenging yet fruitful learning process for me, a truly fantastic year thanks to the unique pedagogical team. My participation at Cursus IRCAM was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and SACEM. (more…)

Chartres (2012) in dance and music collage

Posted on July 17, 2020
poster for dance and music collage “Present Time"

Justina’s composition Chartres (2012) for string orchestra will be featured in a contemporary dance and music project Present Time this Saturday in Klaipėda, Lithuania. It will be performed once again by Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra (artistic director, cellist Mindaugas Bačkus) in the postponed 45th Klaipėda Music Spring Festival. Dancers from the Šeiko Dance Company will embody the artistic vision of choreographers for 5 Lithuanian composer’s pieces. The project will be filmed by Lithuanian National Radio and Television.

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Oksana Griaznova who created choreography for Chartres describes the creative process:


Microtonal Music in Central and Eastern Europe

Posted on July 17, 2020
cover of the book Microtonal Music in Central and Eastern Europe

Exemples of Justina’s systematic quarter-tone approach to composition featuring pre-compositional charts and score reductions of her compositions Tapisserie, Acupuncture and Pulsus Flatus Vox appear in Rima Povilioniene‘s article From Tone Inflection to Microdimensional Glissando: Observations on Microtonal Manner in Contemporary Lithuanian Music

The publication of the first e-edition is available for free on e-knjige website!

Few phrases from Rima Povilioniene‘s conclusions:


Encierro back on Radio France

Posted on May 10, 2020

Starting on Monday 11th of Mai Encierro, performed by Opus 333 is back on Radio France! Each day of the week listen to one part at 13h25 and 22h55 on the radio show Création Mondiale (Alla Breve). The whole composition and more music with a composer’s portrait will air on Sunday on the 17th of May at 23h.  Symbolically Encierro, composition about confinement, will start to air on the day France emerges from lockdown.

Cursus Ircam composition

Posted on May 10, 2020
Yannick Monnot

Justina continues composing her Cursus Ircam composition to be performed by the percussionist Yannick Monnot. Due to the cancellation of the Manifeste festival the composition will be filmed in June. While awaiting the premiere, watch a short video presentation of Justina’s music available on Ircam’s website alongside other composers from the Cursus Ircam 2019-2020 program. Filmed on the 5th of November at Ircam Justina shares her love for proportion, main influences, key ideas and excerpts of her music.

Encierro on Radio France

Posted on August 24, 2019

Listen to Justina’s music on Radio France podcasts: composers portrait and Encierro in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

On Sunday the 1st of September at 23:00 the whole composition Encierro, extracts of Designation & Expulsion, Incanta, Incantare, Fluctuationis, Cosmatesque and a composer’s portrait was played. Everyday day from Monday to Friday at 12:55 and 22:55 a part of Encierro performed by Opus 333 was played alongside an interview and presentation on the radio show Création Mondiale.


Reviews on La Cité des Dames

Posted on August 24, 2019

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After the premiere of La Cité des Dames at the Abbey of Royaumont on the 7th of September,  a review in Resmusica by Michèle Tosi:

“La Cité des Dames emprunte son titre au récit allégorique de la poétesse du Moyen-âge Christine de Pisan. Malgré l’engagement des voix et un travail très fin sur les textures, on reste un rien perplexe à l’écoute de cette trame vocale fluctuante et accidentée, qui semble gagner des aigus plus lumineux encore avant d’échouer dans le registre grave, les voix butant sur quelques mots incompréhensibles avant de s’évanouir dans le silence.”

in Anaclase by Gilles Charlassier:

“Justina Repečkaitė (née en 1989 et résidente en 2018) réunit les solistes dans une commande de la Fondation Royaumont, La cité des dames, qui s’appuie sur un extrait de l’ouvrage éponyme de Christine de Pisan (1364-1430). Longue et tenue, la ligne de chant est scandée d’accents sans altérer la fluidité, parfois aux confins de la sédation, d’un tissu sonore maîtrisé.”

An article about Royaumont’s concerts is on it’s website and at the newspaper of record Le Monde.

La Cité des Dames at Royaumont, France

Posted on July 26, 2019

Justina’s new composition La Cité des Dames for 6 Sopranos will be performed at Royaumont on the 7th of September by selected singers of the Voix Nouvelles Academy supervised by Donatienne Michel-Dansac.

The composition La Cité des Dames (The City of Ladies) uses the selected text from Christine’s de Pizan (1364-1430) book of the same name finished by the year 1405 in a vernacular middle French.


Cursus Ircam 2019-2020

Posted on April 3, 2019

In 2019-2020 Justina studies Cursus IRCAM!

Cursus Ircam program for composition and computer music was initiated in 1990 under Pierre Boulez. At the end of 10 month program selected composers traditionally have their final composition presented in concert during the ManiFeste festival at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS. This year, due to the current international health crisis, instead of the concert, Cursus IRCAM performances will be filmed at the Centre Pompidou. Projects are supervised by Thierry De Mey, a team of 5 computer music designers/professors, IRCAM sound engineers and invited composers.

Radio France commission for Opus 333

Posted on February 3, 2019
Opus 333

Justina started writing a new composition for the unique saxhorn quartet Opus 333. Commissioned by Radio France, it will be recorded for the radio show Création Mondiale produced and presented by Anne Montaron. In 2015 Justina has already collaborated with one of the Opus 333 musicians Vianney Desplantes who premiered her composition Toro for euphonium and tape.

Nuit Blanche at Musée de l’Orangerie

Posted on October 3, 2018

This week-end is the Nuit Blanche in Paris! My new composition Nénuphars will be played at Musée de l’Orangerie during Night of the quartet.

“The extraordinary atmosphere of Monet Water Lilies sees 9 of the best European string quartets perform, enhancing the most beautiful string quartet repertoire pieces in one night.” Musée de l’Orangerie

Here is a teaser for the event:

Designation & Expulsion: video and review

Posted on October 2, 2018

You can still watch my composition Designation & Expulsion streamed online from Royaumont here. Thanks to Lucy GoddardJimmy Holliday and Philipp Lamprecht for such a memorable performance! A review on a concert was written by Michèle Tosi:

“Notre coup de cœur, dans ce premier concert, est pour la Lituanienne Justina Repečkaité. Designation & Expulsion pour mezzo, basse et percussion est un travail aussi fin qu’efficace sur la sonorité des mots et leur pouvoir émotionnel, dans un caractère ritualisant, rejoignant d’une certaine façon les joutes verbales des Inuits.”

Unique concert stage for INCANTA

Posted on July 2, 2018

This unique opening to the church will be a stage for my music! You can hear a part of my chamber opera INCANTA, text written by Douna Loup, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of July as a part of TOTEM(s) project here in Chartreuse Villeneuve lez Avignon. I have already started rehearsing at this Carthusian monastery with the energetic ensemble AskoSchönberg, soprano Eduarda Melo and a performer Aurélie Turlet.

Tapisserie in China

Posted on May 25, 2018

It’s the 6th ensemble playing Tapisserie! The Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble was giving an Asian premier. For now MCME is the only ensemble daring to play the piece without a conductor. The incredible flutist Ivan Bushuev is able to play and conduct simultaneously without a flaw! Tapisserie was performed by MCME both at World Music Days 2018 in Beijing and also in Chengdu, during their residency at Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

Opera Incanta

Posted on April 8, 2018

6th-8th July 2018 a sketch of Justina’s opera Incanta (libretto by Douna Loup) will be played by Asko/Schönberg ensemble at Chartreuse in Villeneuve lez-Avignon, during Rencontres d’été festival.

Ensemble Le Balcon

Posted on April 8, 2018

In 2018 Justina is a composer in residence with the ensemble Le Balcon in Paris.

Le Balcon is an artistic collective that brings together an amplified orchestra, a troupe of solo singers and composers. It enriches its projects by inviting directors, videographers and choreographers to join the group.

Alongside their activities as show producers, Le Balcon is also a record label, a music publisher – Le Balcon Éditions – and a web-TV – lebalcon.tv.



Tapisserie in World Music Days 2018

Posted on April 8, 2018

Tapisserie will represent Lithuania at ISCM World Music Days in Beijing, China in May 2018.
This piece has been played by several radios in different countries and performed by few different ensembles since its premiere by Ensemble Court-Circuit directed by David Hurpeau in 2015. It is also the second time when Justina represents Lithuania in World Music Days. Her piece Chartres was played there in 2015.
See the list of selected works for World Music Days 2018.
Read the announcement by Lithuanian Music Information Center.

Justina attended project TOTEM(s)

Posted on May 13, 2017

On 9th to 13th May 2017 Justina attended project TOTEM(s) (Théâtre Opera Texte et écriture musicale – Theatre Opera Text and musical writing) at Chartreuse (Carthusian Monastery) in Villeneuve lez Avignon, France together with other composers and writers.

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Ciclo Continuo

Posted on August 2, 2021
Duo Dubois

Ciclo Continuo (2021) for soprano saxophone & percussion:
prepared snare drum, singing bowls, tuning forks, crotale.

Performed by Duo Dubois. Project More with less

Composition Ciclo Continuo seeks to achieve a hybrid organic timbre while associating atypical instruments to complement each other. A snare drum is used as a resonating body for the objects. (more…)

Baltic & Estonian Music Days online

Posted on March 26, 2021

Links to stream the concerts with Justina’s music: ENMT & Trio HETK. Estonian Music Days (22.04–18.05.2021) features 2 Justina’s compositions: Incantare (2018) for flute & tape will be played by Tarmo Johannes (new version for bass flute and male flutist!) and Acupuncture (2014) for ensemble by Ensemble for New Music Tallinn

Estonian Music Days, a festival with 42 years of history, will bring together the first edition of Baltic Music Days 2021. Follow the festival on Instagram or Facebook.

Justina talks about her piece Acupuncture (2014) (more…)


Posted on February 8, 2021
The initial 'V' from the manuscript on vellum.

Vellum (2020) for Symphonic Orchestra.

Commission of the festival Gaida. Performed by Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anu Tali on the 30th of October in the Congress Hall, Vilnius.

Vellum is a “membrane” or animal skin, – a parchment to write on, widely used in the medieval ages. Vellum material represents the membrane of the drum (more…)

Weaving on ARTE Concert

Posted on October 14, 2020

Project Nouveaux Horizons was initiated by the violinist Renaud Capuçon and violist Gérard Caussé. On the 18th of October Justina’s composition Weaving for ensemble was performed at the Grand Theatre of Provence. Watch it on Arte Concert or on Radio France  presented by Arnaud Merlin (more…)

Designation & Expulsion

Posted on April 3, 2019
15th century tile from Vilnius Lower Castle

Designation & Expulsion (2018) for mezzo-soprano, bass and percussion.

Performed by mezzo-soprano Lucy Goddard, bass Jimmy Holliday and percussionist Philipp Lamprecht at the Royaumont Abbey, France on the 8th of September 2018.

Designation & Expulsion (2018) uses the text of pagan Lithuanian charms from the book Lithuanian Verbal Healing Charms (2008) compiled by Daiva Vaitkevičienė. The author apply a classification of charms, two of them being Designation and Expulsion. (more…)


Posted on October 27, 2018

INCANTA (2018) a preview of chamber opera for Soprano, Performer, Clarinet-Bass Clarinet, Trombone, El.Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Double bass, Electronics.

Text by Douna Loup. Performed by ensemble Asko/Schönberg conducted by Joey Marijs, soprano Eduarda Melo, performer Aurélie Turlet, electronics Justina Repečkaitė at Chartreuse Villeneuve lez Avignon, 2018.

“The obstruction of a vessel that carries blood to the brain breaks the optimal blood circulation system of the brain and synaptic space. Knowing that the radius of the whole dendritic tree is about a millimetre… the continued prolongation of the axon terminates in a star-like arborization and is lost in the cerebellar night, the lateral hemisphere is bathed in liquid. <…>”



Posted on November 30, 2017

Cosmatesque (2017) for Symphonic Orchestra.

Commission of the festival Gaida. Performed by Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee, at Vilnius Philharmonic the 30th of November, 2017.

Cosmatesque term refers not only to a medieval style of geometric decorative inlay stonework but also to a developed symbolical system, which represents concepts and ideas of a universe structure thanks to the coded geometry.


Toro on Score Follower

Posted on October 22, 2017

Performed by Vianney Desplantes.

Read more on Toro here.

Score Follower makes videos of contemporary music scores that turn pages along with the accompanying recordings.


Posted on June 22, 2015
The Unicorn in Captivity

Tapisserie (2015) for Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Violoncello.

Performed by Court-Circuit ensemble conducted by David Hurpeau.

Tapestry – a polychromic fabric, was an inspiration for the title of this piece of music, which has a decorative and repetitive character. (more…)


Posted on June 7, 2015

Toro (2015) for Euphonium & Electronics.

Dedicated to and performed by Vianney Desplantes.
Unusual expression of euphonium fulfils the need of an animalistic sounding. (more…)


Posted on January 22, 2014

Acupuncture (2014) for Flute (Piccolo and Alto), Clarinet (both in Bb and Bass), Piano, Violin, Alto, Cello.

Performed by Spectra Ensemble conducted by Filip Rathé. In memory of Dalia Baroniene, the acupuncture master.

This composition explores attacks of sounds, it’s continuity and motion connecting this material in a metaforic way with Acupuncture. (more…)


Posted on January 22, 2012
Chartres Cathedral south rose

Chartres (2012) string orchestra (9 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, double-bass).

Performed by St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karolis Variakojis.

The inspiration of Chartres is an insight into Chartres Cathedral south rose, which depicts the Apocalypse according to Saint John. XIIIth century glass window is dominated by images of old-men holding string instruments. (more…)