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Eriks Esenvalds

Ēriks Ešenvalds is one of the most sought-after choral composers working today, with performances on every continent. Born in Riga in 1977, he studied at the Latvian Baptist Theological Seminary (1995-97) before obtaining his Masters degree in composition (2004) from the Latvian Academy of Music under the tutelage of Selga Mence. From 2002-2011 he was a member of the State Choir “Latvija”, during which time he began to compose professionally. In 2011 he was awarded the two year position of Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge University.


Ēriks Ešenvalds has won multiple awards for his work, including the Latvian Great Music Prize (2005 & 2007). The International Rostrum of Composers awarded him first prize in 2006 for The Legend of the Walled-in Woman; he was made a laureate of the Copyright Award in 2006 and was “The Year’s New-Composer Discovery” of the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2010, the same year he was nominated for the British Composer Award. In 2011 the Kamer Youth Choir’s CD O Salutaris featuring choral music exclusively by Ēriks Ešenvalds won the Latvian Music Records Award as the best academic music album of the year.

Ēriks Ešenvalds's compositions have been premiered by ensembles including the Britten Sinfonia, the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, the Choir of Merton College Oxford, the Latvian Radio Choir, the State Choir "Latvija", the Kamer Youth Choir, Sinfonietta Riga, the Bavarian Radio Choir, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands National Children's Choir, Salt Lake Vocal Artists, The Crossing, Portland State University Chamber Choir, the Choir of the West at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, The University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, and the latest, entitled City Songs, by the Holst Singers and Imogen Heap at the 2013 “Voices Now” Festival in London. In 2007 the Latvian National Opera staged his first opera Joseph is a Fruitful Bough.

His music has been performed at numerous international festivals including Klangsparen in Austria, the Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Tenso Days in France, the Haarlem Choir Biennale in the Netherlands, Voices Now in the UK, the World Choir Games in China, ACDA National Conference and the Spoleto Festival in the USA, and at concerts all over the world.

University, Philadelphia; University of Michigan; University of Mississippi; Chor Leoni, Vancouver, and others. Two new vocal arrangements will be recorded and released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2014.

Ēriks Ešenvalds’s work is published by Musica Baltica and distributed by Edition Peters (outside of Latvia).

Edition Peters Artist Management works with Ēriks Ešenvalds’s on his commissions and workshop schedule.

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