Andris Dzenītis

(b. 23 January 1978, Rīga).

Latvian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and electroacoustic works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Dzenītis studied composition with Pēteris Vasks at the Emīla Dārziņa mūzikas vidusskola – Emīls Dārziņš Music School in Rīga from 1993–96, with Kurt Schwertsik at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna in 1996–97 and with Pēteris Plakidis at the Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija – Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Rīga from 1997–99. He then studied composition with Osvaldas Balakauskas at the Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija – Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius from 1999–2001 and had postgraduate studies with him there from 2001–03.

His music has been performed in Austria, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the UK, including at the festival Warszawska Jesień – Warsaw Autumn (1997), the festival Gaida in Vilnius (1998, 2002) and the festival MaerzMusik in Berlin (2003).

He is also active in other positions. He has served as a programme moderator for Latvijas Radio 3 – Klasika in Rīga since 1997 and as editor of the magazine Mūzikas SauleSun of Music in Rīga since 2003. He also served on the board of directors of the festival for contemporary music Arēna in Rīga in 2002 and has served as director of the biannual International Workshop for Young Composers in Dundaga since 2002.

He lectured on music from Latvia at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2001 and on contemporary music at the Latvijas Kultūras akadēmija – Latvian Academy of Culture in Rīga in 2002.


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Without Words (incidental music, play by Pēteris Pētersons), 1996

Felix and Felicity (incidental music, play by Pēteris Pētersons), 1998

Electra (incidental music, play by Euripides), 2001

The Book of Your Silence (opera in 7 acts, libretto by Oscar Milosz), 2002–04 (one section may be performed separately as a concert work: Solitude)


Concerto, cello, small orchestra (percussion, strings), 1995–96

Stanza II, 'Super flumina Babylonis' (text from Latin liturgy), 3 altos/countertenors, string orchestra, fixed media (2 tracks), 2001

Stanza III, 'innuendo', large orchestra, 2000–02

Alba, flute, 2 kokle (zithers from Latvia), accordion, string orchestra, 2003


Deserted (sonata), violin, piano, 1994

Beside..., bass-baritone accordion, 1995

The Spirit of the Harlequin, clarinet, 1995

Capriccio e contraverso, 4 clarinets, 1995–96

Do you hear me...?, cello, 1996

Lacrimæ (in memoriam Emīls Dārziņš), violin, viola, cello, piano, 1996

Senza Barriera, 2 pianos, percussion, 1996–97

Mother Earth, viola, 1997

Stanza I, '31. 12. 1999', piano, string quartet, 1999

Der Todeskeim. Der Lebenskeim, flute, 2 kokle, 2000

Pierrot, alto saxophone, 2001

Bang for Four, 4 percussion, 2002

Narrow paths. Dreamy steps, guitar, 2003

Promises and Shapes, oboe, ensemble (flute [+ alto flute], clarinet [+ bass clarinet], French horn, violin, viola, cello, percussion), 2004


Adoramus Te, mixed chorus, 1996, revised 2003

Blood Song (texts from Latin motets), descant voice, soprano, baritone, 60 or more mixed voices, 2 trumpets, organ, 2 percussion, string orchestra, 1996–98

Ave Maria, mixed chorus, 1998

Circumstances. Awakening. Keep thoughtfully quiet (text by Wisława Szymborska), mixed chorus, fixed media (4 tracks), live electronics, 1999

Four Madrigals by e. e. cummings (text by E. E. Cummings), 8 mixed voices, 2000

Sun (texts from folklore from Latvia, Lithuania), mixed chorus, 2001


Verbum et Verbum (vocalise), mezzo-soprano, 2000

Solitude, mezzo-soprano, live electronics, 2003 (section of The Book of Your Silence; may be performed separately as a concert work)


Music for a Dead Bird, 1995


Gutta, fixed media (2 tracks), 2001

Passia, fixed media (5 tracks), 2002

Landscape on a Dark Red, fixed media (2 tracks), 2002