Algirdas Martinaitis (b. 1950) studied composition with Prof. Eduardas Balsys at the Lithuanian Academy of Music, graduating in 1978. In 1987-90 Martinaitis worked at the Russian Drama Theatre, and in 1995-98 served as a music director at the Academic Drama Theatre. He was among the first Lithuanian composers to receive the highest national artistic distinction - the Lithuanian National Award - in 1989. In 1997, he was hailed the Best Theatre Composer of the Year. In 2004, his multimedia performance "The Prayer of the Faithful Word" was announced the best electro-acoustic composition at the composers' competition organized by the Lithuanian Composers' Union.
His music is heard regularly at new music festivals in Lithuania and abroad, including Baltic Music Festival in Stokholm (1992), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (1996, Great Britain), Probaltica'97 (Poland), MaerzMusik (2003, Germany).