Remigijus Šileika (b. 1950), composer, teacher and concert producer, stands out as an active cultural figure in Klaipėda, Lithuanian sea city. Šileika is chairman of the Klaipėda Branch of the Lithuanian Composers' Union, he organizes new music festival "Marių klavyrai" and initiates numerous concerts of Klaipėda-based composers and performers in various cities throughout Lithuania and abroad. The composer has written more than 100 works in various genres, major part of his creative output consists of choral / vocal pieces, which reveal an outstanding melodic inventiveness, exceptional shrewdness in handling with vocal possibilities and sensitivity to poetic nuances of the text. Among his most popular pieces should be mentioned Requiem
for soprano, mixed choir and small symphony orchestra (1988-1999) and instrumental piece Musica ricordanza
for violin, cello and piano (1993), both pieces can be characterized as emotionally evocative, vital and dramatic.