Jeffrey Holmes

(b. 1971, Los Angeles, California).

American composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed in the Americas and elsewhere.

Mr. Holmes studied composition, improvisation and performance with Dušan Bogdanović at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received his BMus in 1997, and studied composition privately with Ian Krouse from 1997–99. He studied composition with Donald Crockett at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1999–2001 and earned his MA, then studied composition with Stephen Hartke and electroacoustic music with Frederick Lesemann there from 2001–04, where he earned his DMA with distinction.

Among his honours are the Hans J. Salter Prize from the University of Southern California (for Chamber Concerto) and First Prize in the competition for music for strings Milton Mohs. In addition, he was twice named Outstanding Graduate of the department of composition at the University of Southern California. His music has been performed in Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and the USA.

He taught music theory at the University of Southern California from 2004–06 and has taught composition at Chapman University in Orange, California since 2006, where he is now associate professor.

His primary publisher is Composers Edition.


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Sino al Niente, 1998

Tjur, large orchestra, 2002

Wave of Darkness, small orchestra (15 players), 2007

Straumr, large orchestra, 2011


Pastorale and Sonata, guitar, 1996

Four Preludes, guitar, 1997

String Quartet No. 1, 'Talus', 1997

Milagro, piano, ensemble (4 winds, 4 brass, 2 percussion), 1999

Pathos, violin, piano, 1999

Chamber Concerto, cello, 9 players, 2000

Horns of the Bull, oboe, 2001

Five Microtonal Studies, 2 guitars (tuned in sixths of tones), 2002

Epigram, 2 violins, 2 violas, double bass, 2002

Rays of Twilight, 2 harps (tuned in sixths of tones), 4 percussion, 2003

May the Bridges I Burn Light My Way... (double concerto), 2 guitars, ensemble (oboe, violin, celesta [+ piano], percussion), 2004

Stormbringer, percussion, 2004

Blue Sail, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2005

Nocturnes, guitar, 2005

Crescent, cello, 2005

Oscularum Infame, violin, cello, piano, 2009

String Quartet No. 2, 'Kirurgi', 2009

Occasus, 4 percussion, 2010

Vallåt, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2011

Sjöorm, oboe, viola, cello, 2012

Danzleikr (sonata), 2 guitars (tuned in sixths of tones), 2012

Nereus (sonata), marimba, 2012

Baritus, cello, 2013

Hrið – Móðr – Ljómi (concerto), guitar, ensemble (flute, French horn, harp, violin, cello, percussion), 2013

Draumr, guitar, 2013

Trilogy, 2006–14 (its eight sections may be performed separately: Nastrond [I], violin, percussion, 2006; Niflheim [I], oboe, piano, 2006; Nidhogg, oboe, violin, double bass, piano, percussion, 2007–08; Nastrond [II], guitar, violin, 2008; Nastrond [III], flute, guitar, 2009; Nastrond [IV], violin, percussion, 2013; Nastrond [V], flute, percussion, 2013; Niflheim [II], violin, piano, 2014)

Ymir, 4 guitars, 4 percussion, 2014

Þræll – Thrall (concerto), piano, ensemble (flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, double bass), 2014

Hagall (Hagalaz) – Hail, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2015

Úr (Ūruz) – Rain, 4 percussion, 2016

Íss (Isaz) – Ice, flute, guitar, 2016

Járnluðr, violin, 2016

Herjan, guitar, 2017

Óss (Ansuz) – God, Mouth of River (String Quartet No. 3), 2017–18

Geirtýr, flute, 2018


Requiem Æternam (text from the Requiem), soprano, male chorus, piano, ensemble (flute, oboe, French horn, 9 or more strings), 2001


Three Songs (text by Dylan Thomas), soprano, piano, 1998

Requiem Songs (text from the Requiem), soprano, piano, 2001

Images (text by the composer), soprano, piano, 2008

Fragments (texts from anonymous sources, compiled by the composer), soprano, piano, 2010

Urðarmána – Moon of Fate (monodrama, text by the composer), bass-baritone, piano, 2012

Myrkriða, Ljósleiðá – Rider of Darkness, Path of Light (monodrama, text by the composer), soprano, flute, guitar, percussion, 2016

Erilaz (text from an anonymous 3rd-century runic inscription in Elder Futhark, interpreted and transcribed by the composer), baritone, baritone saxophone, percussion, 2018

Mara (text by the composer), soprano, piano, 2019


Oro Supplex, player piano, 2007

Cyan, 2007

Thund, 2017–18