"I know that through music I will not say anything new. And yet there is a motivation for me to dress sounds with my feelings for the world. The yearning for the unfulfilled, the untouchable. Immersing myself into Music is like a finding a natural hideaway, that protects me from the negatives of the real world."
Mārīte Dombrovska was born on August 4, 1977, in Daugavpils. She graduated from the Daugavpils College of Music in 1997 with specialisations in music teaching, choir conducting and church organ. She received bachelor’s degrees in musicology (2001) and composition (2003, having studied under Pēteris Plakidis) as well as a master’s degree in composition (2009) from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
Dombrovska has been an editor for the Mūzikas Saule periodical (2001–2007) and a musicologist-project leader at the Latvian Music Information Centre (2004–2015). Since 2015 she has been a researcher at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music Research Centre and a teacher of music theory at the Jāzeps Mediņš School of Music No. 1 in Riga. In addition to music, Dombrovska also writes poetry.
Dombrovska has participated in the “Aicinājums” creative camp for students and has written for a variety of publications. Her poetry collection Savādas pārdomas (Unusual Contemplations) was published in Daugavpils in 1997. She has won the Rainis Small Literary Prize (1995). Dombrovska’s music has been performed at the Latvian Organ Days in New York (United States, 1999), the Arena festival (2004), the Autumn Chamber Music Festival (2005), the Latvian New Music Days (2008, 2009), the White Night contemporary cultural forum (2009), the International Flute Festival in Lima (Peru, 2014) and concerts of Latvian music in Krems (Austria, 2005),
Warsaw (Poland, 2013), New York (United States, 2014), Cleveland and Minneapolis (United States, 2015), Florida (United States, 2016) and elsewhere. She has collaborated several times with singer Ieva Parša, pianist Herta Hansena, cellist Ēriks Kiršfelds, clarinetists Anrijs Pitens, Egīls Šēfers and Guntis Kuzma, flutists Ieva Rūtentāle and Agita Arista, the Sinfonia Concertante chamber orchestra, conductor Andris Vecumnieks and others.