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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Cursus Ircam 2019-2020

Posted on April 3, 2019

It’s official: in September 2019 Justina starts 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 will have their final composition presented in concert during the ManiFeste festival at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS. Projects are supervised by Thierry De Mey, a team of 5 computer music designers/professors, IRCAM sound engineers, and professors from the Conservatoire de Paris.

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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.


Review of La Cité des Dames

Posted on August 24, 2019

After the premiere of La Cité des Dames at the Abbey of Royaumont on the 7th of September, here is 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.”

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.


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.

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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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.


Posted on June 7, 2015

Toro (2015) for Euphonium & Electronics.

Dedicated to and performed by Vianney Desplantes.
Unusual expression of euphonium fulfills 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…)