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Recent & Upcoming Concert Performances

2 0 1 4  performances

November 17th, 2014
Moores Opera House - 7:30pm
Moores School of Music
Univ. of Houston - Houston, TX
Ingrid Hunter, violin
Abby Sliva, harp

June 2nd, 2014
Guildhall School of Music - 2:30pm
Barbican, London
Anna Caban, violin
Zuzanna Olbrys, harp

May 28th, 2014
Private Concert - 6pm
Manchester, Lancashire, UK
Visions in Twilight
Elinor Nicholson, harp

May 25th, 2014
Holyrood Church - 3pm
New York City, NY
Devil in Moscow
Allemagnetti Duo

March 27th, 2014
John Rylands Library - 6pm
Manchester, Lancashire, UK
Visions in Twilight
Elinor Nicholson, harp

March 1st, 2014
American Harp Society in Dallas - 3pm
50th Anniversary Concert
Dallas, TX
Valley of Butterflies *North American premiere*
Yumiko Endo Schlaffer, harp

January 20th, 2014
Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne - 8pm
Saint-Étienne, France
Solo recital: Americas
Abstra  (for piano & tape)
David Greilsammer, Piano

2 0 1 3  performances

November 8th, 2013

Westfälisches Römermuseum Haltern

Concerts of Young Masters

Haltern Am See, Germany

Valley of Butterflies  *European premiere*

Jasmin-Isabel Kühne, harp


November 5th, 2013

Congregation Hall

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monemvasía Pebbles

Alexandre Eisenberg, flute


October 17th, 2013

Public Library of Pelotas

Pelotas, Brazil

Leeds Devil Nocturne *South American premiere*

Alexandre Eisenberg, flute

TBA, piano


August 1st, 2013

Monmouth Festival 2013 – 7:00pm

St. Mary's Priory Church

Monmouthshire, Wales

Visions in Twilight

Llywelen Ifan Jones, harp


July 25th, 2013

Caixa Preta Theater, Arts Center – 7:00pm

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil

Monemvasía Pebbles *World premiere*

Alexandre Eisenberg, flute


April 19th, 2013

Drinko Hall – 8:00pm

Cleveland State University - Cleveland, OH

Leeds Devil Nocturne *World premiere*

Mary Kay Fink, flute

Nicholas Underhill, piano


April 14th, 2013

5th National Harp Duo Competition, Winners Concert 

Cieszyn, Poland


Anna Caban, violin

Zuzanna Olbrys, harp


April 12th, 2013

5th National Harp Duo Competition

Cieszyn, Poland


Anna Caban, violin

Zuzanna Olbrys, harp


March 18th, 2013
Ramsey Recital Hall – 8:00pm

Hugh Hodgson School of Music

University of Georgia - Athens, GA

Capriccio Improvviso *World premiere*

Maggie Snyder, viola

Tim Lovelace, piano


2 0 1 2  performances


November 18th, 1012

Notre Dame De Sion School – 8:00pm

Istanbul, Turkey

Visions in Twilight

Meriç Dönük, harp


October 1st, 1012

Concert Hall, Music Building – 8:00pm

Valdosta State University - Valdosta, GA

Cosmopolitan Etude No. 9 *World premiere*

Jihye Chang, piano


July 16th, 2012

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival – 7:00 pm

Noel Wien Public Library - Fairbanks, AK

Phasing Tides (for clarinet, cello, piano & recorded arctic sounds)

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April 1st, 2012

The Green Mill Jazz Club  – 2:00 pm

4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL

Bagatelle for L.v.B.

Nicholas Underhill, piano


March 30th, 2012

Borusan Müzik Evi – 8:00 pm

Istanbul, Turkey


Toros Can, piano


March 30th, 2012

Heights Arts – 8:00 pm

2175 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH

Bagatelle for L.v.B.

Nicholas Underhill, piano


March 24th, 2012

Spaces – 8:00 pm

2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH

Bagatelle for L.v.B.

Nicholas Underhill, piano


March 23rd, 2012

Drinko Hall – 8:00 pm

Cleveland State University - Cleveland, OH

Bagatelle for L.v.B.

Nicholas Underhill, piano


March 11th, 2012 – 4:30 pm

Church of Jons – 4:30 pm

Lyon, France

Feather Lights (from Moon Songs)

Marion Pagin, soprano

Ece Yavas, harp


February 25th, 2012

Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music – 8:00 pm

27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Concerto for Piano & Chamber Orchestra

Boston New Music Initiative

Esther Ning Yau, piano

Nathan Lofton, conductor


February 24th, 2012

Drinko Hall – 8:00 pm

Cleveland State University - Cleveland, OH

Bagatelle for L.v.B.

Nicholas Underhill, piano


2 0 1 1  performances


October 1st, 2011

Northeastern University, Fenway Center – 7:30 pm

77 St. Stephen St., Boston, MA


Olga Patramanskaya, violin

Maria Rindenello-Parker, harp


September 18th, 2011

An International Beethoven Project Festival Concert: Bagatelle Project

Chicago Urban Arts Society – 4:00 pm

2229 S. Halsted Ave., Chicago, IL

Bagatelle for L.v.B. *World premiere*

George LePauw, piano


July 29th, 2011

Eleventh World Harp Congress
Tribute Concert for Ceren Necipoğlu 

St. Andrew's-Wesley Church  – 1:30 pm

1022 Nelson Street

Vancouver, BC Canada

Amhrán Slán and

Ottoman Fire (from 'Valley of Butterflies') *World Premiere Excerpt*

Lavinia Meijer, harp

Visions in Twilight

Meriç Dönük, harp


July 26th, 2011 

Eleventh World Harp Congress

First Baptist Church – 10:00 am

969 Burrard Street

Vancouver, BC Canada

*Composer's Panel  (World Harp Congress Event)

Garrett Byrnes takes part in panel discussion of composers who write for the harp


June 30th, 2011

Brick and Mortar Music Hall – 8:00 pm

San Francisco, CA

Phasing Tides (for clarinet, cello, piano & recorded arctic sounds) *World Premiere, West Coast*


June 29th, 2011

Galapagos Art Space – 8:00 pm

Brooklyn, NY

Phasing Tides (for clarinet, cello & piano with recorded arctic sounds) *World Premiere, East Coast*



April 29th, 2011

"Bella Musica"

Borusan Müzik Evi – 7:30 pm

Istanbul, Turkey

Abstra  (for piano & tape)

Serla Balkarlı Can, piano


April 23rd, 2011

Yavne Auditorium – 8:00 pm

Tel Aviv, Israel

Abstra  (for piano & tape)

David Greilsammer, Piano


March 7th, 2011

20- Yuzyilin Piyano Muzigi ["Piano Music of the Last Century"]

Atatürk Concert Hall – 8:00 pm

Anadolu Üniversitesi

Eskişehir, Turkey

Abstra  (for piano & tape)

Serla Balkarlı Can, piano


March 7th, 2011

Brevard Chamber Music First Monday Series

First United Methodist Church – 1:30 pm

Brevard, NC

Devil in Moscow

Allemagnetti Duo




Featured Reviews / Press

Valley of Butterflies (harp solo)

"Tiger Swallowtail", "Dragonfly!" and "Ottoman Fire" are surely not names of movements, which one would immediately associate with the mystic sound of a harp. When enjoying "Valley of Butterflies", written in 2011 by Garrett Byrnes, the boundaries of stylistic restrictions disappeared, with the piece being brilliantly adapted for the capabilities of the harp.

- Axel Angel, Westfalische Nachrichten (German) (Sep 12, 2013)


Solace (orchestra)

"...the hammered accents and force of "Solace" by Garrett Byrnes brought Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" to mind, though, clearly he has his own voice."

- Michael Anthony, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, St. Paul and Minnesota)

Bagatelle for LvB (piano solo)

“Nicholas Underhill presented a polished performance of Garrett Byrnes' Bagatelle for L.v.B. (2011), an impish work that inventively incorporates Beethoven’s Ode to Joy theme as well as other fragments from the composer's piano scores including an interrupting statement from the Waldstein sonata.”

- Mike Telin, (Mar 28, 2012)

Cosmopolitan Etudes (piano solo)

"Several times I wrote "Wow!" next to a work... Garrett Byrnes' "Cosmopolitan Etude Number 7", chock-full of tricks and trouble... contained breath-taking twists or tantalizing passages."

- Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times

Visions in Twilight (harp solo)

"...those big, swirling outbursts [Visions in Twilight] can’t disguise the music’s inherent warmth and variety. Once again the range of techniques on display is simply astonishing..."

- Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International

Devil in Moscow (viola & piano)

"Closing the evening was "Devil in Moscow" (2009) by Garrett Byrnes based on Bulgakov's novel, "The Master and Margarita." The sisters projected vividly the composer's shades of diabolical play, from the impish to the eerie (including a lengthy third movement allusion to Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1)."

- New York Concert Review Inc. Magazine

Visions in Twilight (harp solo)

"Although executed with brilliance... I am not rushing to play [Berio's Sequenza]. Using many of the same extended techniques, however, the piece by Byrnes [Visions in Twilight]... sounded fresh and beautiful, woven with intricate colours, telling stories and certainly highlighting the capacity that the concert harp has for creating an outstanding array of timbres and keeping an audience spellbound for a whole concert!"

- Arts in Fusion: Highly Strung Blog

Visions in Twilight (harp solo)

"It was never known that you could shoot fire-arrows from a harp. Salzedo didn't include thunder, but the American composer Garrett Byrnes took care of that: In his piece Visions in Twilight, composed five years earlier, Meijer let the bass strings make a wild, explosive sound.

- Frits van der Waa; Translation: K.P. Clark, Volkskrant (Dutch)

Songs of the Sea (soprano & piano)

"Byrnes' powerful settings of the poems give vivid pictorializations of the texts. 'Songs of the Sea' requires a mature singer and pianist for worthy performance."

- National Association of Teachers of Singing

Phasing Tides (clarinet, cello & piano with tape)

"Water sounds were used in Garrett Byrnes' Phasing Tides... Byrnes' mellifluous timbres melded with a large, constantly moving ocean."

- Bruce Hodges, Seen and Heard International (Live Concert Reviews Blog)

Solace (orchestra)

"Garrett Byrnes’s Solace is an aggressive and cinematic work infused with moments of delicate beauty featuring the harp and celesta". (from Mazzoli, music Blog - Days Four and Five: The Blindfold Comes Off)

- NY composer Missy Mazzoli's New Music Box blog for the American Music Center



Amhrán Slán (harp solo)

"The notable pieces for me were... 'Amhrán Slán' by Garrett Byrnes... I recommend checking it out. It really is beautiful."

- Note to Self Harp Blog


Visions in Twilight (harp solo)

"Meijer amazed the audience with her fabulous technique in the experimental 'Visions in Twilight' from G. Byrnes. All the possibilities of the harp were brought to their fullest in this piece." (Translated from Dutch)

- Noordhollands Dagblad (Dutch Newspaper)

Visions in Twilight (harp solo)

"Visions in Twilight, an impressive work by American Garrett Byrnes, is mysteriously evocative, but it also creates a sense of high and sometimes unsettling drama, as if these twilight visions may not be entirely benevolent."

- Stephen Eddins, AMG AllMusic Guide to Classical Music

Visions in Twilight (harp solo)

"...she’s [Meijer] chosen to update those traditional, romantic associations using modern music. The result is startling, challenging and exhilarating. Banishing preconceptions, this recital is most compelling when she plays music by composers she knows – notably Byrnes’s Visions in Twilight."

- Classic FM


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