“Music cannot be seen in all of its reality, but, if I had to prove to someone’s eyes, that music exists, I would direct them towards Auguste Rodin’s dynamic miracle The Gates of Hell – through it speaks a life so true that it seems it also can be heard. Sound is a refined nugget, from which one can form their gestures, sculptures, and constructions. In those, in turn, one can make flesh feelings, thoughts or entire ideas. The more mastery one polishes within themselves, the more freedom of expression one will gain.”
Linda Leimane was born on January 20, 1989 in Dobele. She studied piano at the Dobele School of Music. She graduated the Music History and Theory department of the Jāzeps Mediņš Riga College of Music (2004–2008), where she studied composition with Tamāra Kalna and Andris Dzenītis. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in composition at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with Rolands Kronlaks (2008–2013). As part of the Erasmus student exchange programme, she is continuing her studies in composition and electro-acoustic music in France at the Le Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon (2012/2013), with lecturers Michele Tadini, François Roux and Robert Pascal, under whose direction she composed her first work for symphony orchestra Panel 5 and, in parallel, developed electro-acoustic music projects, which have been performed in both Lyon and Latvia as non-academic music projects in the festival Skaņu mežs and the exhibition Rīgas Dzejas karte II. She has expanded her knowledge in varied international young composer master classes in Mazsalaca, as well as ISA master classes in Austria with Yann Robin in 2014. She was awarded first prize at the Pēteris Vasks composition competition in 2012 and 2014. She received the Tālivaldis Ķeniņš award in 2013. Her symphonic work Panel 5 was included on Latvian Radio 3 Klasika as one of the top ten entries in the new composition category (2013). Her music has been performed in Latvia, France and Austria.