Guest lecturer, Department of Musicology
Gundega Šmite is an internationally acclaimed composer. She has collaborated with Latvian, Swedish, Berlin Radio choirs, BBC Singers, Stockholm saxophone quartet, Ensemble Lucilin (Belgium), BIT20 (Norway), Dissonart ensemble (Greece) among others. He music is regularly performed in Latvia and abroad, including festivals Klangspuren, London Ear, ISCM World Music Days.
Gundega Šmite has been a lecturer at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy from 2008. In 2013 she acquired doctoral degree (PhD) in Musicology for her thesis that concerns music and text relationship in the modern Latvian choral music.
Šmite has been a chairwoman of the Latvian Composers’ Union (2009 -2012). As well, she has been an artistic director of New Music festival “Arena”.