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Eriks Esenvalds

Born: 1977. Living in: Latvia

Eriks Esenvalds is one of the most sought-after composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent. Born in Priekule, Latvia in 1977, he studied at the Latvian Baptist Theological Seminary (1995-97) before obtaining his Master's degree in composition (2004) from the Latvian Academy of Music under the tutelage of Selga Mence. He took master-classes with Michael Finnissy, Klaus Huber, Philippe Manoury, and Jonathan Harvey, amongst others. From 2002-11 he was 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. He is married with four children and gives students his expertise as composition teacher at the Latvian Academy of Music.

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Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Eriks Esenvalds : Choral Anthology Vol 1 : SATB : 01 Songbook : EP72445

Eriks Esenvalds : Choral Anthology Vol 1

The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds is a most sought-after choral composers working today, with a busy commission schedule and performances of his music heard on every continent.

Songlist: Who Is He?, Lielupe, O Salutaris Hostia, A Drop in the Ocean, Evening, This is my Father's World

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Voicing: SATB | 4363b | Songbook | $14.95 | A Cappella


Eriks Esenvalds : Choral Antholgy for Upper Voices : SSAA divisi : 01 Songbook : EP72682

Eriks Esenvalds : Choral Antholgy for Upper Voices

Born in 1977 in Latvia, Eriks Esenvalds is an original and sought-after voice of the Baltic music tradition. Commissioners have included the Latvian Radio Choir and State Choir "Latvija", the Britten Sinfonia, Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Temple University (USA), the Boston Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. His work is recorded on a number of CDs. Eriks Esenvalds is a former Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

Songlist: Northern Lights, Stars, Ubi Caritas Et Amor, Benedictus Es, O Salutaris Hostia, Spring, The Sweet Spring, Who Can Sail Without The Wind, Gaujas Meita Rotataja

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Voicing: SSAA divisi | 4451b | Songbook | $16.95 | A Cappella


Eriks Esenvalds : High Flight : SSSAAA : 01 Songbook : MB2190

Eriks Esenvalds : High Flight

Commissioned by Classical Movements and premiered by the Latvian Voices at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, July 2017. An atmospheric 5-minute piece for upper voices with text written by pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr. experiencing a euphoric flight

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Voicing: SSSAAA | Performed by Latvian Voices | 4576b | Songbook | $4.50 | A Cappella video


Eriks Esenvalds : The First Tears - An Inuit Legend : SATB : Songbook : MB1722

Eriks Esenvalds : The First Tears - An Inuit Legend

Acclaimed Finnish composer creates a fascinating piece based on the Inuit Legend of The First Tear about a seal hunter who was so upset about his failure to catch a seal that he shed the very first tear.

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Voicing: SATB | 4578b | Songbook | $15.50 video


Individual Folios

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O Salutaris Hostia : SSAA : Eriks Esenvalds : Eriks Esenvalds : Latvian Voices : Songbook : MB0899

Eriks Esenvalds : O Salutaris Hostia

O Salutaris Hostia is from the last two verses of Verbum Supernum, one of the five Eucharistic Hymns written by St. Thomas Aquinas.

Composer: Eriks Esenvalds Performed By: Latvian Voices

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Voicing: SSAA | A Cappella

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