Ruta Paidere (b. 1977), Latvia
Received her early musical education at the prestigious Jázeps Medin school in her hometown of Tukums. She went on to study composition, music theory, and piano pedagogy at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, with further studies at the Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom (beginning in 2003). She has written music for orchestra, string orchestra, chamber groups, and solo instruments. Her works have frequently been performed at music festivals across Europe.