Born in Vilnius in 1982, Justė Janulytėstudied composition at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, Milan ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ Conservatoire and in various masterclasses. She has collaborated with some of the world’s leading ensembles and soloists including Konzerthausorchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Teatro La Fenice Symphony, Gothenburg Opera Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, French Flute Orchestra, Riga Sinfionetta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Bit20, Orchestrutopica, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber and Male Choirs, Danish Radio Chamber, Kamer, Sequenza 9.3 and Camerata Silesia choirs, Quasar, Xasax and Flotilla saxophone quartets, cellists Mario Brunello, Henri Demarquette, Francesco Dillon, and Anton Lukoszevieze, flutist Manuel Zurria, saxophonist Marcus Weiss, harpsichordist Goska Isphording amongst others. Her music has been performed across Europe, the Americas, and Australia, and has featured in such contexts as Sydney Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Venice Biennale, RomaEuropa, Holland Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, SonicA (Glasgow), Maerzmusik (Berlin), Biennale Némo (Gaîté lyrique, Paris), Musica festival (Strasbourg), Musik protokoll im steirischem Herbst (Graz), Musicadhoy (Madrid), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (Cardiff), Expositions of New Music, Moravian Autumn (Brno), Gaida (Vilnius) to name a few.
Justė Janulytė first came into public view in 2004 when her graduation work White music, for 15 strings, was awarded as the best chamber piece of the year by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union. Furthermore, her five next compositions also won the same prize. In 2009 Aquarelle, for choir, won the 1st prize (in the category of composers under 30) at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. In 2011 she was awarded the Young Artist’s Prize by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and in 2017 the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize, the highest artistic distinction in Lithuania.
The majority of the works by the author, written for dense monochromaticensembles (only strings, only winds or only voices), explore musical time/space perception through large-scale multilayered textures and extremely gradual metamorphoses. While balancing between the aesthetics of minimalism, spectralism and drone music, Justė Janulytė composes acoustic metaphors of optic ideas (Observation of Clouds for voices, winds and strings, The Colour of Water for saxophone(s) solo and orchestra, and Here at the quiet limit for male choir and string orchestra), and researches the visual nature of musical phenomena in the works where sound and image are fused together (Breathing Music for string quartet, electronics and kinetic sculptures, Eclipses for 4 strings, live electronics and soundproof glass installation, Sandglasses for 4 cellos, electronics and video scenography).
Justė Janulytė currently teaches composition at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, lives between Vilnius and Milan.