Garrett Sholdice (b.1983) is an Irish composer currently based in York, England.
In the past six years, Garrett has had his music performed by, amongst others, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, the Concorde Ensemble, Madrid-based piano trio Trio Arbós, violinist Elizabeth Cooney, American pianist Matthew McCright, the RIAM Percussion Ensemble, the Crash Ensemble, the Elias String Quartet, the ConTempo String Quartet, the Dublin Guitar Quartet, Trio Scordatura, the University of York’s Chimera Ensemble, English clarinetist Jonathan Sage, British ensemble Noszferatu and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. His music has been performed in Dublin, York, New York, Amsterdam, Ghent, at Klankenbos, an open-air sound installation space in Belgium, at the Galway Arts Festival, the Sligo New Music Festival, the Printing House Festival of New Music, the York Late Music Festival and at the Spitalfields Festival in London.
He has been awarded the National Chamber Choir’s annual Gerard Victory Commission (2002) and the National Concert Hall’s Composer’s Choice Commission (2005). Garrett has also been commissioned by Irish chamber choir New Dublin Voices (with funds provided by the Irish Arts Council) and the York Late Music Festival.
As an undergraduate in Trinity College, Dublin, Garrett studied composition with Donnacha Dennehy. A Professional Development and Training Award from the Irish Arts Council and a Rosalyn Lyons Masters Scholarship supported his MA in composition at the University of York during the academic year 2006/2007. He is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at the University of York with Nicola LeFanu and William Brooks. His doctoral research is currently partially supported by a Travel and Training Award from the Irish Arts Council and a Departmental Award from the music department at the University of York.
Garrett often performs on electric bass guitar and piano, usually as an improviser. In the past four years, he has performed as a soloist in Dublin and York and as a member of a number of ensembles, including Dublin group Forms (formerly Ensemble Imp), Gamelan Sekar Pethak, the York Free Improvisation Group and the DUMS Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Garrett is a co-director of Ergodos. He is also an SPNM short-listed composer and a member of the Irish Composers Collective (formerly the Young Composers Collective).
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