DE PROFUNDIS for string orchestra (1998)

Raminta Šerkšnytė De profundis. Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Raminta Šerkšnytė’s ‘De profundis’  is the calling card of Baltic music.

Gidon Kremer, violinist



This dramatic music, full of contrasts, reflects a certain world-view of a young person (this is my the first orchestral composition, which was written as the Bachelor’s graduation work).  At a young age the life is admitted in an extreme, “severe” way, where euphoria quickly changes to disappointment.  One searches for the extraordinary, transcendental experience both in life as well as in art, believing in the profound power of the art sacredness. Therefore the opus was named “from the depths” (Latin –“de profundis”), though making no reckoning of the historical “De profundis” tradition.     

Raminta Šerkšnytė



string orchestra: (possible to perform by larger string sections)

DURATION: ca. 13′

COPYRIGHT: Raminta Šerkšnytė

SCORE (manuscript): please contact

PERFORMING RIGHTS: please contact Mr. Stefan Fragner:


CD Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Going for the Impossible – A Portrait. – Deutsche Grammophon, 00289 483 7761, 2019

CD Gidon Kremer – De Profundis. Nonesuch 287228-2, 2010

CD Vortex. Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre LMIPCCD049, 2007


Royal Concertgebouw, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Gabriela Montero: Šerkšnytė, Tchaikovsky, Weinberg

Mezzo Live TV | Classical | 2023-04-29&30| 2023-05-04&05&10&14&19&20&25&26&27&29 | 1:01:42 Min


New York chronicle

Jay Nordlinger | The New Criterion Vol. 42, No.4 | Dec 2023

SERKSNYTE Orchestral and Choral Works

Richard Whitehouse | Gramophone Vol.97, No.1184 | Feb 2020

Raminta Šerkšnytė

Claire Jackson | BBC Music Magazine | 23 Jan 2020


Gidon Kremer und Komponistin Raminta Serksnyte in München

Helmut Mauró | Süddeutche Zeitung | 23 Jan 2009


‘De Profundis’ in de muziek: 10 opmerkelijke composities

Piet De Loof| Kerknet | 23 Nov 2019


een relaxte Tsjaikovski en overrompelende Weinberg bij het Concertgebouworkest

Frederike Berntsen | Het Parool | 24 Apr 2023




De profundis for string orchestra (1998) is the first orchestral composition (written as the Bachelor’s graduation work) of Raminta Šerkšnytė, composed when she was just twenty-two years of age.

It is one of the most popular and performed Lithuanian compositions across the world. Till now this composition was performed more than 300 times by more than 70 orchestras. Among the performers: Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, the New york Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, st. Christopher Chamber Orchestra and numerous other. 

Maestro Gidon Kremer described De profundis as “the calling card of Baltic music”.



Fri Nov 10 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

Staatskapelle Berlin

Cond. Giedrė Šlekytė

Staatsoper Berlin, Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin (DE)


Wed -Sat 11&12&13&14 Oct 2023 | 8:00 p.m.

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Cond. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

New York, NY (US)


Wed -Fri 19 Apr, 20 Apr, 21 Apr 2023 | 8:15 p.m.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,

Cond. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (NL)


Thu 20 Apr 2023 | 7:00 p.m.

St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra,

Cond. Modestas Barkauskas

Town Hall, Vilnius (LT)


02 Dec 2022 | 7:00 p.m.|& 03 Dec 2022 | 8:00 p.m.

The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,

Cond. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Isarphilharmonie, Munich (DE)


10 Nov 2022 | 7:00p.m.

The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra,

Cond. Daniel Cohen

Helsingborg Konserthus, Helsingborg (SE)