- Ona Narbutienė
(b Mykolaïv, Ukraine, Dec 20, 1919; d Drushininkai, Lithuania, Nov 3, 1984). Lithuanian composer. Balsys grew up in Klaipėda (Memel), completing in 1939 his studies at the Lithuanian Gymnasium, where he had his first musical education, played in a wind ensemble, and began composing. He served as a school teacher in Kretinga (1941–5) and then studied composition at the State Conservatory in Vilnius with Antanas Račiūnas (1945–50), later studying at the Leningrad Conservatory in Voloshinov's masterclass (1950–53). From 1953 until his death Balsys lectured in composition and orchestration at the Lithuanian State Conservatory, becoming head of the composition department in 1960 and professor in 1969. He was president of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union (1962–71). His pupils included Benjaminas Gorbulskis, Algirdas Martainaitis and Vidmantas Bartulis. He was awarded the Lithuanian State Prize in 1960 and 1974.
The style of Balsys is closely linked to the Romantic and folkloristic traditions in Lithuanian music; he was one of the first to extend and deepen these traditions. His work can be divided into three periods. Until ...