ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS (b 1977 )
Born in Priekule, Latvia in 1977, Ēriks Ešenvalds is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most performed composers of choral music. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the Latvian Grand Music Award three times (2005, 2007 and 2015), The International Rostrum of Composers First Prize (2006), and New Composer Discovery of the Philadelphia Inquirer (2010). Ensembles worldwide have commissioned his works, including oratorios for the Boston Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Britten Sinfonia, and a cappella choral music for the King’s Singers, Latvian Voices, the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Holst Singers, Imogen Heap, Polyphony, and numerous choirs in the United States. Ešenvalds’ compositions appear on many recordings and, to date, five recordings are exclusively devoted to his choral music.