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Ratniece, Santa 




Latvian composer  Santa Ratniece started her musical studies with piano playing classes at Valmiera Music School. In 1992 she took up music theory classes in Emils Dārziņš College of Music in Riga. She continued her musical education at J.Vītols Latvia  Music Academy and  graduated  in musicology (2000) and in composition (2002) with professor Romualds Kalsons. Later on she studied composition  with  English composer David Rowland at Enschede Conservatory in Netherlands. Afterwards Santa Ratniece went on with her studies at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Estonian composer Helena Tulve and in 2007 she obtained her MA. 
Santa Ratniece`s music has been played in Europe, Australia, Canada, United States and South America by Latvian Radio Choir, Ensemble Art-i-Shock, Sinfonietta Riga, Altera Veritas, Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, vocal group Putni, pianists Vestard Shimkus and Reinis Zariņš, ReDO, Ieva Saliete (Latvia), NYYD Ensemble, Ensemble Resonabilis, Estonian National Male choir (Estonia), Ensemble Sarband, Ensemble Recherche, Leipziger Blaserquintett, Ensemble Avantgarde, Ensemble RARO, (Germany), Arditti Quartet, (England), Chamber Choir Ireland (Ireland), Nederlands Kamerkoor, Cappella Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Musiques Nouvelles, Ensemble Fractales (Belgium) Quatuor Molinari (Canada), Sydney Symphony Fellows (Australia), SOCO Ensemble (Uruguay), Kronos Quartet, The Crossing choir, International Contemporary Ensemble (United States), ConTempo Quartet (Rumania), Ensemble Reconsil (Austria), Forbidden City Chamber orchestra (China) and others.
Santa Ratniece first came into public view in 2004 after winning the 1st prize at the 2004 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris for her work sens nacre (in the category of composers under 30), performed by Ensemble Nove, conductor Normunds Šnē. Her choir composition Saline was among selected works in 2008 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, but her orchestra piece Shant Nadi in 2012 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. Furthermore Santa Ratniece was awarded the Latvian Annual Award for Culture 2006 of the daily newspaper Diena for choir piece Saline, performed by Latvian Radio choir, conductor Sigvards Klava. Sens nacre for ensemble was awarded the Copyrights’ Infinity Award 2007 and Chu Dal for choir - the Copyrights’ Infinity Award 2011. 7th Liepaja concerto for piano and symphonic orchestra (performed by pianist Vestard Simkus and Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound orchestra) received Latvian Annual Award for Culture 2014 of the daily newspaper Diena and was nominated for supreme Grand Music Award 2014 in Latvia. Also the Hirondelles du Coeur for mixed choir and orchestra was nominated for Grand Music Award 2006.
In summer 2013 Santa Ratniece had her first American tour. The Crossing Choir of Philadelphia performed Santa Ratniece’s three choir compositions in three concerts in the festival The Month of Moderns. Saline, Chu Dal and horo horo hata hata were sounding in three different venues of Philadelphia. New piece My soul will sink within me, written for The Crossing Choir in collaboration with International Contemporary Ensemble was premiered in summer 2016. Later on the album Seven Responses was nominated for Grammy Music Award. In 2019, new composition Leider liegt kaum Schnee for two sopranos and string orchestra was premierred in New York, conducted by Ken-David Masur.
Most of Ratniece`s music is devoted to the chamber choir, she has received regular commissions from Latvian Radio choir and relationship with the choir started with Saline in 2006 and followed by Hirondelles du Coeur (2007, for choir and orchestra) horo horo hata hata (2008, for 12 voices), Chu Dal (2009), Fuoco Celeste (2011 for cello solo and choir) and Nada el layli (2015 for kemenche, qanun and choir), Vigilia del mattino (2017 for harp and choir). In 2019 the Chamber Choir Ireland with conductor Paul Hillier performed horo horo hata hata in various concerts across Ireland.
Latvian Radio choir chamber singers are the soloists in Santa Ratniece’s first stage work - multimedia opera by Hotel Pro Forma - WAR SUM UP. Music. Manga. Machines. This opera was premiered in Latvian National Opera in 2011, conducted by Kaspars Putniņš, having had further performances at Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn New York, Brighton Festival 2012 , ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 2011, Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival 2012, Materia Prima Festival 2012 (Poland), Transart Festival 2013 (Italy), OzAsia Festival 2018 (Australia) and on other more than twenty theatre stages around Europe and Asia (Taiwan and China).
Santa Ratniece’s recent projects include commission from legendary Kronos Quartet. The premiere of Silsila took place in Big Concert hall of Stanford University in October 2014. In Silsila (chain in Arabic) we are following the Brahmaputra river down streams from Tibet, through India and Bangladesh to the Bay of Bengal. In October 2017 the premiere of Morning Rain took place in Beijing Concert hall. It was commissioned by China Ministry of Culture and premiered by Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra.
In 2017 Santa Ratniece has been a composer-in-residence at KulturKontakt Austria (Vienna). She was three times a composer in residence in Visby International Centre for composers in Sweden (2013, 2015, 2017).




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