Biography

Garrett Ian Shatzer’s (b. 1980) music has been performed by such musicians as the Mobius Trio; Erato and Finisterra Piano Trios; Grammy-winning countertenor Ian Howell; EOS Duo; Lyris Quartet; Meridian Arts, Empyrean, Luna Nova, and Citywater Ensembles; and violinist Rolf Schulte, cellist David Russell, and pianist Geoffrey Burleson in such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Teatro Colòn (Buenos Aires), and St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City). His current commissions include a piece for the Black Cedar Trio to be recorded on their debut album; a song cycle for tenor Charles Blandy, Grammy-nominated soprano Tony Arnold, Grammy-winning conductor/violinist John McLaughlin Williams, and ensemble; and an interdisciplinary, large-scale art song for poet/blues guitarist Greg Glazner, jazz/gospel vocalist David Saul Lee, and Citywater.

He also co-founded the New Lens Concert Series with composer Juhi Bansal and cellist Kevin Krentz. New Lens aims to rebuild bridges between living composers and audiences by carefully juxtaposing masterworks with contemporary pieces which draw upon more traditional materials. Furthermore, New Lens does not reveal the program to the audience until after the pieces have been performed, thus negating many of the preconceptions tied to a composer’s dates. Launched in April 2012, New Lens’s second series took place late-April/early-May, 2013, with six shows by Panic Duo throughout California.

Holding degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Miami, and the University of Californa – Davis, Garrett has also had the privilege of studying music theory at Florida State University and composition at institutions in Paris, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, and Rome, amongst others. He is a member of New Music USA and is represented by BMI. He chose to forego academia in favor of arts administration and currently works in development at Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco.

A condensed version of his CV can be found here: CV_Shatzer_WebsiteApr2014

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