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2 Garrett Byrnes and pianist Jihye Chang
after the premiere of Concerto for Piano
& Chamber Orchestra
1 Garrett Byrnes and harpist Ceren Necipoǧlu
at the 8th World Harp Congress in Genva, Switzerland
where she performed Visions in Twilight
4 Garrett Byrnes and conductor Osmo Vänskä
during a Minnesota Orchestra rehersal for
6 Garrett Byrnes and pianist Toros Can before the
'Music of the Americas' concert in Orléans, France where he performed Abstra for piano and tape
3 Garrett Byrnes and harpist Lavinia Meijer
after her Carnegie Hall debut in New York City
where she performed
Visions in Twilight
5 Conductor Sascha Goetzel, Garrett Byrnes & cellist Xavier Phillips after the premiere of La Chapelle d'Aiguilhe: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in
Angers, France
Geneva2 July, 2002
Travels to France (Paris & Lyon), Switzerland (Geneva), and Italy (Venice, Rome, Florence & Milan), where he attends a performance of his Visions in Twilight for harp solo performed by Fatma Ceren Necipolǧu at the 8th World Harp Congress in Geneva. Composes Cosmopolitan Etudes (Book 1) for piano during the trip.
VCCA Sunset July & August, 2003
Travels to Sweet Briar, Virginia where he spends time as a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Completes Persist for cello octet.
St. Mary's Cathedral September & October, 2003
Travels to St. Mary’s City, Maryland where he is artist in residence at  the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Artist House. During the stay he creates an arrangement for string quartet of his Introduction and Scherzo for violin & cello, and composes the solo introduction for the Concerto for Piano & Chamber Orchestra.
Yaddo Winter October - December, 2003
Travels to Saratoga Springs, New York where he spends time as a fellow of Yaddo. Completes the Concerto for Piano & Chamber Orchestra.
Moscow2 May & June, 2004
Vacations in Russia (Tver & St. Petersburg). Begins work on the marimba piece Ceol Báisteach Toirneach Tintreach.
Cashel July, 2005
Travels to Ireland (Cork, Galway, Blarney, Kinsale); composes Album: Beginning and Intermediate Pieces for Piano.
Yaddo Workspace July & August, 2005
Travels to Saratoga Springs, New York where he spends time as a fellow of Yaddo. Begins work on Solace for orchestra.
Mnorch November/December, 2006
Travels to Minneapolis, MN and participates in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute of 2006. The Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä premieres Byrnes' orchestral work Solace on December 1.
Amsterdam March, 2007
Travels to The Netherlands and attends the premiere of his Villanelle for violin and harp. The work is performed by Tjeerd Top and Lavinia Meijer at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Carnegie Hall December, 2007
Travels to New York City and attends Dutch Harpist Lavinia Meijer's 'distinctive debut' concert at Carnegie Hall where she performs Byrnes' Visions in Twilight.
New Orleans May, 2008
Vacations in New Orleans and composes portions of Voodoo Stomp, one of four works influenced by rock music, written for the Cleveland Chamber Collective.
Angers September, 2008
Travels to France and attends the premiere and subsequent performances of La Chapelle d'Aiguilhe: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in Angers and Nantes.  The work is performed by cellist Xavier Phillips and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire conducted by Sascha Goetzel.
Devils Hockey Picture October, 2008
Travels to Cleveland to attend the premiere of four chamber works by the Cleveland Chamber Collective: Manic Aggressive, Schadenfreude, Zephyr & Voodoo Stomp.  On a side trip Garrett watches the New Jersey Devils defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on the Pens opening day.  Go Devils!
Orléans Cathedral Stained Glass March, 2009
Travels to France and vacations in Paris and Orléans.  Attends the Europen premieres of Abstra for piano and tape performed by Turkish pianist Toros Can on the 'Music from the Americas' concert series presented by the Concours International de Piano d'Orléans.
Behemoth May, 2009
Travels to New York City and attends the world premiere of Devil in Moscow for viola and harpsichord by the Allemagnetti Duo at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall.
Corinth, Greece July & August, 2009
Travels to Greece and spends a week sailing in the Greek Cyclades, visiting the islands of Kythnos, Serifos and Sifnos and Cape Souinon, the southernmost tip of mainland Greece. Also spends a week on the Greek mainland in Athens, Monemvasía, and Nafplio stopping at sites such as Ancient Corinth, Sparta, and Mycenae along the way.  Composes the very brief work Monemvasía Pebbles: four miniatures for flute solo in and around Monemvasía on the Peloponnese peninsula.
Blue Mosque, Istanbul January, 2010
Travels to Turkey and attends the memorial concert for his friend, the late harpist Ceren Necipoǧlu at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul.  Byrnes' works Visions in Twilight and Amhrán Slán, both written specially for Necipoǧlu, are performed as part of the program.  The concert coincides with the release of a commemorative 2 CD set on the Kalan record label.  Both works are included on the CD.
Eskisehir, Turkey May, 2010
Travels to Turkey and attends the memorial concert for Ceren Necipoǧlu at the Anadolu University School of Music in Eşkişehir where she taught.  Meditation, for harp & string orchestra is premiered in her memory by harpist Ece Yavaş and the Anadolu Symphony String Orchestra conducted by Burak Tüzün.
Chicago Composers Orchestra Concert August 19, 2010
Attends the premiere of Capriccio Tempestoso for harp and orchestra in Chicago, part of the inaugural concert for the Chicago Composers Orchestra.
Vancouver, BC, Canada July, 2011
Travels to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the 11th World Harp Congress, taking part in the Panel Discussion for Composers and Harpists, hearing his works Visions in Twilight, Amhrán Slán, and "Ottoman Fire" from Valley of Butterflies performed, attending concerts and events, and seeing the sights.

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