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Byrnes composes a wide variety of concert music for orchestra, chamber
ensembles, vocalists and instrumentalists. Byrnes’ music has been
performed in many of the worlds leading concert halls, among them New
York’s Carnegie Hall, The Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and
Cité de la Musique in Paris. His music has been performed by
orchestras and ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra,
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la
Loire, CSUN Symphony Orchestra, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Anadolu
Symphony String Orchestra, Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras,
Chesapeake Youth Repertory Orchestra, Indiana University New Music
Ensemble, Boston New Music Initiative, Cleveland Chamber Collective, Tarab Cello Ensemble, Tonus
Percussion Group and the Allemagnetti Duo, as well as renowned
international soloists including French cellist Xavier Phillips, Dutch
harpist Lavia Meijer, Israeli pianist David Greilsammer, and Turkish
pianist Toros Can.
Byrnes’ orchestral music is currently gaining wider recognition.
Recently La Chapelle d’Auguilhe: Concerto for Cello &
Orchestra, was premiered and featured on a series of concerts given by
the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire conducted by Sascha Goetzel
and featuring cellist Xavier Phillips. Capriccio Tempestoso for harp
and orchestra was premiered by harpist Emily Wren Colton and the
Chicago Composers Orchestra conducted by Mathew Kasper. Prior to these
performances, conductor Osmo Vänskä lead the Minnesota
Orchestra in the premiere of Solace, the CSUN Symphony Orchestra
conducted by John Roscigno premiered Red Moon after the work received
the Northridge Prize for Orchestral Composition, and the Indiana
University New Music Ensemble conducted by David Dzubay and featuring
pianist Jihye Chang premiered his Concerto for Piano & Chamber
Several of Byrnes’ chamber works have also seen recent premieres.
Devil in Moscow, commissioned for the Allemagnetti Duo (viola and
harpsichord), received its premiere in May, 2009 at Carnegie
Hall’s Weill Hall in New York City. Earlier, Mosaics for wind
quintet was commissioned and premiered by the Alpha Lambda chapter of
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of Illinois Wesleyan University, and a
set of four pieces commissioned for the Cleveland Chamber Collective
were given their premieres at Cleveland State University.
Other premieres have included Sprocket! for solo cello given by Florent
Renard-Payen at Northwestern University in Chicago, and Villanelle for
violin and harp commissioned for the Dutch duo of Tjeerd Top and
Lavinia Meijer, and premiered by them at the Concertgebouw in
Amsterdam. In addition, harpist Lavinia Meijer has given numerous
recent performances of Byrnes’ work for solo harp, Visions in
Twilight, in the cities of Amsterdam, Athens, Birmingham, Brussels,
Cologne, Dublin, New York, Paris, and Vienna among others. She also
features the work on her latest CD Visions that derives its name from
the piece. Ms. Meijer will be the featured soloist in the premiere of
Byrnes’ newly completed commissioned work for harp, string
quartet, flute and clarinet in the near future.
Garrett Byrnes has served as Assistant Professor of Theory and
Composition at Ball State University, Adjunct Assistant Professor of
Composition at Illinois Wesleyan University, and as Associate
Instructor of Composition at Indiana University. He received degrees
from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (DM), Peabody
Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (MM), and The Boston
Conservatory (BM), and has studied composition with Sven-David
Sandström, Chen Yi, Don Freund, David Dzubay and Larry Bell.
Awards include those from the American Music Center, National
Association of Composers, American Art Song Competition, ASCAP, USA
International Harp Composition Competition, Indiana University,
California State University at Northridge, and The Boston Conservatory,
and he has received fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, the
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and resided at the artist house
of St. Mary's College of Maryland.