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Eriks Esenvalds

Eriks Ešenvalds was born on January 26th, 1977, in Priekule, Latvia.

He studied at the Priekule School of Music (1983-1991), the Liepaja 1st Secondary School (1992-1995), and the Latvian Baptist Congragation Theological Seminary (1995-1997). He received his Bachelor's Degree (2002) and Master's Degree in Composition with Selga Mence at the Latvian Academy of Music. He furthered his study at international master classes, including the Latvian Young Musician Camp in Ogre (200, 2002) with Martin Herman and Dana Paul Perna, as well as the De Villecroze Summer Academy in France (with Richard Danielpour, 2001), Ceski Krumlov in the Czech Republic with Michael Finnissy, Guy Reibel, and Merek Kopelent (2001), in Germany with Klaus Huber, the international GAUDEAMUS music week in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with Trevor Wishart, David Land, Richard Ayres, (2003), in France with Jonathan Harvey and Philippe Manoury(2004), in Norway with Ole Lütow-Holm and Nils Henriik Alsheim (2005/2006), and others.

Ešenvalds has been awarded the Jazeps Vitols (1999, 2002), as well as the Vernisaža Musical Centre and Latvian Creative Fund (2002), and the Latvian Culture Ministry Scholarships (2003, 2004).

For his work Iespaidi Sarema (Impressions of Saaremaa), Ešenvalds received an Honourable Mention diploma at the International Clarinet Association organized competition in Miami (USA, 2000). He received the Latvian Great Music Prize in 2005 and 2007. For his work, Legende de la Femme Emmuree (Legend of of the Walled in Woman), Ešenvalds was awarded first place at the 2006 International Rostrum for Composers in the Young Composers category. He is a laureate of the AKKA/LAA Copyright Award (2006) and Diena's Annual Culture Award (2007). In addition ... British Composer Awards Nomination (2010) ... 2010 New Composer Discovery, Philadelphia Inquirer ... 2010 Composition Teaching Achievement Award, Riga Dome Choir School ... 2012 youth choir "Kamer ... " CD O Salutaris (choral music exclusively by Eriks Ešenvalds) wins the Latvian Music Records Award as best academic music album of 2011.

Eriks Ešenvalds' music has been performed at the festival Young Euro Classic in Germany (2002); IV Bergen Internasjonale Kammermusikkfestival in Norway (2003): Festiwal Muzyki Nowej in Poland (2003); Europamusicale in Germany (2004); Klangspuren in Austria (2005); the new music festival Arena in Latvia (2005); the XII Latvian Organ Music Festival in New York (2005); Internationales Gitarren Festival in Munster, Germany (2006); World Choir Games in China (2006); Christopher Summer Festival in Lithuania (2006); NATO Summit in Riga, Latvia (2006); Askamitna Kurtyna II in Ukraine (2006); Bodenseefestival in Germany (2007); Eckelshausener Musiktage in Germany (2007); Kurzeme Song Festival in Talsi, Latvia (2007); Glasperlenspiel in Estonia (2007); Riga Opera Festival, Latvia (2007); the VIII and X International Sacred Music Festival in Latvia (2005, 2007); the XII Latvian Song Festival in Indianapolis (2007); Europalia.Europa in Belgium (2007); the Haarlem Choir Bienniale, The Netherlands (2009); Baltic Sea Festival, Sweden (2010); Usedomer Music Festival, Germany (2010); University of Louisville New Music Festival (2010); St Machar Cathedral's Festival of Sacred Music, UK (2011); Vale of Glamorgan Festivqal, UK (2011); 14th International Sacred Music Festival, Latvia (2011); Haarlem Choir Bienniale, The Netherlands (2011); Voices Now, UK (2011); ACDA Conference, USA (2011); XXX Siauliai International Music Festival Resurrexit, Lithuania (2012); Nordic-Baltic Male Choir Festival, Estonia (2012); American Guild of Organists National Convention, USA (2012); Internationalen Audi Jugendchorfestival, Germany (2012); Elora Festival, Canada (2012); Spoleto Festival, USA (2012); Festival of the Sound, Canada (2012); Festival "Les Claviers en Poitou à Bonneuil-Matours", France (2012); Riga Dom Cathedral International Organ Music Festival, Latvia (2012); Festival "Europa Cantat XVIII", Italy (2012).

Eriks Ešenvalds has worked as a teacher at the Riga 31st Secondary School. From 2002 until 2011, he performed in the State Choir Latvija. As of 2002, he is a member of the Latvian Composers' Union. For 2011-2013 he holds the position of Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK.

Photograph: Aivars Krastins

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