Trinity College Cambridge has announced the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds will be joining the College as Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts for two years from October 2011. Ešenvalds was born in 1977 and studied for Bachelor's and Master's degrees in composition at the Music Academy in Riga. Since 2002 he is an artist of State Choir LATVIJA. He then undertook a wide range of occasional studies: with Jonathan Harvey and Michael Finnissy from the United Kingdom, with the American Richard Danielpour, and with Klaus Huber from Switzerland, among others.
Ēriks Ešenvalds has received wide recognition with his works Iespaidi Sāremā, Légende de la femme emmurée, opera Joseph is a Fruitful Bough, oratorio Passion and Resurrection etc.
As it is stated on the website of the College: "To contribute to the artistic education of its members, and to assist creative artists at the beginning of their careers, Trinity has for over thirty years supported a series of Fellow Commoners in Creative Arts, one in residence in Cambridge at any one time, each staying for two years. Areas covered have ranged across music, painting, poetry, sculpture and literature. Ēriks Ešenvalds is the latest in a distinguished line of composers appointed to the post including Nicholas Maw, Judith Weir, Thomas Adès, Deirdre Gribbin, Richard Causton, and, most recently, Tarik O'Regan."