Jelgava (Latvia), 1977

Santa Ratniece was born in 1977 in Jelgava. She has obtained her diplomas in composition and musicology with Professeur Romualds Kalsons and at J. Vitol’s Lativia Music Academy. Prominent works during her studies include Seven Steps for clarinet quartet, Pantomime of Heart for saxophone and piano, and A-Way for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and string orchestra. In Spring 2002 she studied at the Enschede Conservatory (Holland) with David Rowland, and read for her Master’s Degree in the Estonia Music academy with Helena Tulve. She was awarded first place in the Young Composers Competition 2003 in Tallinn for Petunia and then first prize at the 2004 International Rostrum for Composers for Sens nacre. In 2005 her orchestral work Glittering Promenade was performed by the German-Scandinavian Youth Philharmonic and a solo piano piece Myrrh, was performed in Montréal by Estonian pianist Kadri-Ann Sumera. (Source: Radio France)