Meet Latvian Composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds

Gloriæ Dei Cantores is currently studying and singing the works of Arvo Pärt and Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977).  

Ešenvalds' choral works have received much attention in recent years. He is a visionary who expresses through his music– making sounds that conjure up visions of dreams, of mystical places, and a wide variety of colors. He is also a deeply religious man and has set many sacred texts to music.  

It can be said that the aural beauty of Ešenvalds' music as he strives for a deep understanding of spiritual issues is what gives his music its unique sound, one that is greatly attractive to many people.  

Ešenvalds is from Latvia, where he studied and received his masters degree in composition. For nine years he was a tenor in the Latvian State Choir. From 2011-2013, he was Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge.

See Ešenvalds talk on the sounds of the Northern Lights: