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Composer: Whitacre, Eric (b. 1970)

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Year of birth1970
NationalityUnited States
April 2019
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BarcelonaCoro Anton Bruckner: La Llum de la Neu

Coro Anton Bruckner: La Llum de la Neu
Requesens Roca, Poulenc, Doherty, Howells, Ollé i Sabaté, Vivancos, Rutter, Whitacre, Ešenvalds, Lauridsen
Júlia Sesé; Cor Anton Bruckner

LondonThe Music of Eric Whitacre

The Music of Eric Whitacre
Adams, Copland, Bernstein, Whitacre
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Eric Whitacre; City of London Choir

LondonThe Choral Pilgrimage 2019: Greenwich

The Choral Pilgrimage 2019: Greenwich
Tavener, Sheppard, Whitacre, Wylkynson, Fayrfax, Jackson, MacMillan
Harry Christophers; The Sixteen

LondonPetros Singers: A Little Light Music

© Wikimedia Commons. JMW Turner, Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight, 1835
Elgar, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Bach, Rutter, Whitacre, Wood, Andrew, Holst, Beach, Pearsall, Harrison, Ellington
Richard Bannan; Petros Singers; Andrew Wells

LancasterThe Choral Pilgrimage 2019: Lancaster

The Choral Pilgrimage 2019: Lancaster
Tavener, Sheppard, Whitacre, Wylkynson, Fayrfax, Jackson, MacMillan
Harry Christophers; The Sixteen
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American Ballet Theatre: Present and Future

Scene from Lovette's Le Jeune © Marty Sohl
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Sounds of Heaven in San Jose

The King's Singers © Chris O'Donovan
California music listeners were blessed with a rare opportunity to hear two internationally renowned vocal ensembles share a unique body of work that, for the most part, is equally rare to hear.

Prom 32: Eric Whitacre leads forces through Earth and Space

Eric Whitacre © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A packed Royal Albert Hall cheered as rocker-come-classical composer Eric Whitacre took to the stage for this Sunday matinee.
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The Heavenly chorus: the Tallis Scholars in Dublin

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Chanticleer in Dublin

From madrigals to modern music Chanticleer impressed with sumptuous singing in all the genres, in their National Concert Hall recital in Dublin.
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Coming to classical music relatively late in life when he joined his college choir in Las Vegas, the first work that Eric Whitacre sang – Mozart’s Requiem - changed his life. Inspired to compose, his first piece Go, Lovely, Rose, was completed at the age of 21. He went on to the Juilliard School (New York), earned his Master of Music degree and studied with Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning composer, John Corigliano.

Recent and forthcoming commissions include works for the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Julian Lloyd Webber and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, The King’s Singers and Conspirare. His musical, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, won both the ASCAP Harold Arlen award and the Richard Rodgers Award, and earned 10 nominations at the Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. A versatile composer, he has also collaborated with legendary film composer, Hans Zimmer, co-writing the Mermaid theme for the film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Eric’s ground-breaking Virtual Choir 1.0 Lux Aurumque, received over a million views on YouTube in just 2 months, featuring 185 members from 12 countries. His Virtual Choir 2.0 Sleep, released in April 2011, combined over 2,000 voices from 58 countries.

An exceptional orator, he has addressed the U.N. Leaders’ programme, Seoul Digital Forum and he gave a TEDTalk (TED.com 2011) earning the first full standing ovation of the conference. Eric was a guest speaker at the 2011 JCDA Conference in Tokyo, and was subsequently made an Honorary Member of the Japanese Choral Directors Association. Following his Visiting Fellowship at Cambridge University (Sidney Sussex College) in 2010, Eric has been made Composer in Residence for the next five years from September 2011.

Signing a core classical recording contract with Universal/Decca, Whitacre joined the handful of composers to have an exclusive, long-term recording deal. His debut album, Light & Gold, released in October 2010, became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week. His music is featured on multiple commercial and independent recordings.

As a conductor, Whitacre has appeared with hundreds of professional and educational ensembles throughout the world. He has conducted concerts of his choral and symphonic music in the US, Japan, Australia, China, Singapore, South America and much of Europe. In October 2010, Whitacre conducted the world premiere of his Songs of Immortality, commissioned by the London Symphony Chorus with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London. Forthcoming conducting engagements in the US include the Auditorium Theatre (Chicago), Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center (NY), Disney Hall (LA), and performances in Europe including Berlin’s Philharmonie and London’s Cadogan and Royal Albert Hall.

Many of Eric Whitacre's works have entered the standard choral and symphonic repertories and have become the subject of scholarly works and doctoral dissertations. His works Cloudburst, Water Night, Sleep, Lux Aurumque and A Boy and a Girl are among the most popular contemporary choral works. His Ghost Train, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, and October achieve equal success in the symphonic wind community. Whitacre has received composition awards from the Barlow International Composition Competition, the ACDA and the American Composers Forum. In 2001, he became the youngest recipient ever awarded the coveted Raymond C. Brock commission by the ACDA.

One of four judges for the Abbey Road 80th Anniversary Anthem Competition, Eric will conduct the recording of the winning entries with professional singers and the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studio One, autumn 2011. Whitacre has recently joined Storm’s Special Bookings division which was set up to run alongside the model agency to source prestigious creative collaborations for clients beyond the fashion industry. Among leading sportsmen and actors, Storm Special Bookings also represent other musicians including Michael Bublé, Paolo Nutini and Lily Allen.

Eric Whitacre was born in Nevada and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife (Grammy award winning soprano, Hilà Plitmann) and their son.