About

 

Garrett Sholdice (b. 1983) is an Irish composer based in Dublin. His music has been described as possessing an ‘exquisite delicacy’ (The Irish Times). Sholdice’s music is featured on the Ergodos Musicians album, I Call to You, described by RTÉ Ten as ‘perhaps the most important record of new Irish music released this year.’

Sholdice’s work has been performed by, amongst others, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Concorde Ensemble, Trio Arbós, violinist Elizabeth Cooney, pianist Matthew McCright, Elias string quartet, ConTempo string quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Trio Scordatura, clarinettist Jonathan Sage, ensemble Noszferatu, violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan, New Dublin Voices, Elizabeth Hilliard / David Bremner duo, Maya Homburger / Barry Guy duo, Gamelan Sekar Petak, vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, Resurgam chamber choir, pianist Andrew Zolinsky, Crash Ensemble, Ergodos Musicians, pianist Aki Takahashi, the Irish Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy), pianist Michael McHale, and EXAUDI vocal ensemble.

His music has been performed in Europe, North America and Japan, in venues/spaces including the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Issue Project Room in New York, Tsukuba Nova Hall in Japan, Klankenbos, an open-air sound installation space in Belgium, and the Bishopsgate Institute in London. Sholdice’s music has been featured in the Galway Arts Festival, the Sligo New Music Festival, the Printing House Festival of New Music, the Ergodos Festival, the I and E Festival, the York Late Music Festival, the York Spring Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, London’s Spitalfields Festival, and What?…Wow: David Lang’s Festival of Music.

As an undergraduate in Trinity College, Dublin, Sholdice studied composition with Donnacha Dennehy. He went on to pursue postgraduate composition studies at the University of York in England, and completed an MA under the supervision of Nicola LeFanu in 2007. In 2012 he completed a PhD in composition at York under the supervision of William Brooks. Between 2012 and 2015 he received occasional private composition lessons from Kevin Volans.

Awards and accolades include the 2002 Gerard Victory Commission, the 2005 National Concert Hall Composer’s Choice Commission, and a presence on the Sound and Music (formerly SPNM) short-list between 2007 and 2010. During spring 2011 Sholdice was composer-in-residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. In 2011, and again in 2012, he received Bursary Awards from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon to enable him to ‘buy time’ to develop his practice as a composer.

Sholdice is a co-director of Ergodos (ergodos.ie), a Dublin-based production company, record label and sheet music distributor that he founded with Benedict Schlepper-Connolly in 2006. Sholdice and Schlepper-Connolly co-curate and co-produce all Ergodos projects. In addition, Sholdice regularly acts as musical director for Ergodos’ performing group, Ergodos Musicians. As a writer, Sholdice has contributed to The Journal of Music (journalofmusic.com/author/garrett-sholdice), and Tempo, Cambridge University Press’ quarterly review of new music.

Sholdice’s music appears on the Trio Scordatura album Dubh, the Maya Homburger/Barry Guy duo album Star, and the Ergodos Musicians albums I Call to You and All the ends of the earth. (All released on the Ergodos label.) Am Koppenplatz, a solo piano prelude commissioned by Michael McHale, appears on McHale’s lyric fm release, The Irish Piano. Sholdice’s arrangements of songs by Antonio Vivaldi, Donnacha Dennehy, The xx, and others, appear on the Ergodos Musicians release, Songs. Sholdice’s music also features on pianist Michael McHale’s critically acclaimed solo album, Schubert: Four impromptus.

Notable recent performances include the first performances of a piano concerto for pianist Michael McHale and the Irish Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy); the first performances of a new madrigal for UK vocal ensemble EXAUDI; the premiere of Sholdice’s third string quartet, Das Blaue Licht, as part of David Lang’s Festival of Music; and the premiere of The Root and the Crown, a twenty-minute large-ensemble work commissioned by Crash Ensemble (with funds from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon).

Sholdice is a member of the Irish Contemporary Music Centre. His website can be found at garrettsholdice.ie, and performance materials for his works are distributed by Ergodos (info@ergodos.ie).