Latvian composer Santa Ratniece was born in Jelgava in 1977. She studied musicology and composition at J Vītols Latvia Academy of Music and later studied with English composer David Rowland and Estonian composer Helena Tulve. She won first prize for composers under thirty at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in 2004 for sens nacre.
Santa Ratniece is an unusual personality among Latvian composers: a traveller and researcher whose music cannot be confused with the compositions of anyone else. in her process-based music, time expands like an illuminated horizon, revealing infinity. Her soundworld contains layers of various depth and reaches into the stratosphere, but also encompasses microvibrations and sensitivity.
CD Spotlight. The Voice of Nature - John Dante Prevedini listens to music by contemporary Latvian composer Santa Ratniece. '... the intelligence of the earth itself ...'
Wonderful Performances - Latvian magic from pianist Reinis Zarins, heard by Bill Newman