Professor, Dr. Ethnomusicologist.Born on June 03, 1962 in Vilnius district, Lithuania.Graduated from M.K. Čiurlionis Art School in Vilnius, speciality of Music History (1980); Lithuanian State Conservatoire (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre at present), speciality of Musical Folklore (1980 – 1985, graduated cum laude); Leningrad State Theatre, Music and Cinematography Institute (Russian Art History Institute at present), Folklore Department postgraduate studies (1989); Doctor thesis on theme “Singing Traditions from Sutartinės and other Early Polyphonic Forms” (1993, Lithuanian State Conservatoire in Vilnius). Habilitation procedure on theme “Phenomena of Lithuanian Folk Vocal Polyphony and their Interethnic Meta-cultural Dissemination” (2009, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute in Vilnius).
Affiliation. Head of Folklore Ensemble at M.K. Čiurlionis Art School in Vilnius (1982 – 1996), Head of Sutartinės singers’ group Trys Keturiose (since 1983). Research Fellow (1985 – 1994), Head (1988 – 1991) of Folk Music Laboratory at Lithuanian State Conservatoire. Research Fellow (1995 – 2010), Senior Research Fellow (since 2010) at Department of Ethnomusicology, Science Center, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Lecturer (1989 – 1998), Associate Professor (1998 – 2011), Professor (since 2011), and Head (since 2001) of Department of Ethnomusicology.
Fieldworks. Organised and participated at a number of folklore expeditions in Lithuania since 1980; organised the project of audio-visual expeditions “One Lithuania – Five Ethnic Worlds” (since 2015).
Research interests. Ethnomusicology, polyphonic folklore studies, Sutartinės tradition research, musical dialectology, regional and comparative folklore studies.
Scientific activities: 2 monographs, over 80 publications in scientific editions, over 15 musical folklore CD and DVD editions, over 100 papers at international scientific conferences in Lithuania and abroad. Member of numerous international science and art organizations, such as ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) Study Group on Multipart Music; ESEM (European Seminar in Ethnomusicology); EMM (Research Centre for European Multipart Music), etc. Participant of numerous national and international musical folklore research Projects. Expert activities at numerous Commissions, Councils, Committees, etc. Active participation at international folklore festivals with folklore performing groups. She was one of the main contributors to submitting ‘Sutartines’ nomination file (to inscribe these in 2010 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity).