Composer in Residence
ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS is one of the most sought-after composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent. After studies at the Latvian Baptist Theological Seminary and the Latvian Academy of Music, he became a member of the State Choir Latvija. In 2011 he was awarded the two-year position of Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Since then Ēriks has won multiple awards for his work and undertakes many international residencies working on his music and lecturing.
Recent large-scale premieres include Lakes Awake at Dawn for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Pleiades for the Grant Park Music Festival Chicago, A Shadow for the BBC Proms, Dreams Under Your Feet for the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Whispers on the Prairie Wind for the Utah Symphony and Utah Chamber Artists, St Luke Passion for the Latvian Radio Choir and Sinfonietta Riga, Visions of Arctic: Sea for the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and the major multimedia symphonies Nordic Light and Volcano Symphony, both premiered in Latvia with further performances around the world. His full-scale opera The Immured was premiered at the Latvian National Opera in 2016 to great acclaim.
His compositions appear on recordings from Trinity College Choir Cambridge and Polyphony with Britten Sinfonia on Hyperion, Portland State Chamber Choir and the Vasari Singers on Naxos, Latvian Radio Choir with Sinfonietta Riga on Ondine, Elīna Garanča with the Latvian Radio Choir on Deutsche Grammophon, ORA Singers on Harmonia Mundi, VOCES8 on Decca Classics, The Crossing on New Focus, Merton College Choir Oxford on Delphian, and Choir of the West at Pacific Lutheran University, the University College Dublin Choral Scholars, and the National Youth Choir of Scotland on Signum, amongst others.