ĒRIKS EšENVALDS, Latvia
Description of the compositional process of Nordic Light multimedia symphony
Cultural heritage is a witness to nations living together in peace. I will share with you the story of my travels to many countries in the far North to meet indigenous people and to record their folksongs and traditions about the Aurora Borealis, which were later included in a piece of art called “Nordic Light”, my first multimedia symphony.
The Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, enjoying a busy commission schedule. Performances of his music are heard on every continent, and his compositions appear on recording labels including Decca Classics, DG, Hyperion and Ondine. Ēriks also undertakes many international residencies working on his music and lecturing. After valuable years spent as a member of the State Choir ‘Latvija’ he was awarded the two-year position of Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge. As well as fulfilling commissions for choirs across the world he has also composed for the Boston Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Sinfonietta Riga and other instrumental ensembles. His major multimedia symphony Nordic Light was premiered in 2015, and full-scale major opera The Immured received its premiere at the National Latvian Opera in 2016 to great acclaim.
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