Garrett Semmelink

Born 1988 in Commack, New York and currently residing in Philadelphia, Garrett Semmelink is an American violinist with a passion for creative new music-making. While trained in Western classical music, he is well-versed in multiple styles having learned mostly by ear. His versatility and sensitivity as a violinist coupled with the drive for experimentation as an interpreter and improviser to transcend conventional techniques delivers unique and dynamic performances, whether solo or collaborative. His decade-long project with composer, programmer and engineer Andrew Grathwohl explores a critical intersection between acoustic instruments and electronics in a live setting.

Garrett is co-founder and co-director of ▲, an ensemble devoted to chartering this new landscape of sounds at the nexus of composition, improvisation and interpretation. He is the first musician to release an extensive catalog of improvised and semi-composed music for solo violin using Grathwohl’s interactive musical synthesis application and performance framework, “Sonic Multiplicities.”

Garrett studied violin and string pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He’s had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the world’s finest musicians including David Baker, Leonard Slatkin, Alex Kerr, Mark Kaplan, Gil Apap, Jeffery Biegel, Cory Smythe, Chih-Yi Chen, and Jeannette Koekkoek. In 2008 he toured with indie-folk duo “Busman’s Holiday” throughout Indiana and the mid-west as well as the electro-acoustic classical-art-pop ensemble “Pantree Owl” which he co-founded in 2009.

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TITLE PERFORMER INSTRUMENT CATEGORY DATE
Birthday Cake Chest Wound Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Feb 14, 20
Rococo Slaughter Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Jan 31, 20
Adrift Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Jan 17, 20
A Deep Sense of Responsibility Garrett Semmelink violin & percussion Composition Dec 18, 19
FIREROOM Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Dec 04, 19
Reflection No. 3 Garrett Semmelink violin Reflection Nov 02, 19
Music Ain't For Airports Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Oct 17, 19
Injection Time Lapse Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Oct 12, 19
Infatuated Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Aug 01, 15
Reflection No. 2 Garrett Semmelink violin Reflection Jun 13, 15
Splatter Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Apr 23, 15
Luxury Prism Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Apr 23, 15
Prelude to Titan Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Mar 06, 15
Reflection No. 1 Garrett Semmelink violin Reflection Feb 27, 15
Theia Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Feb 25, 15
Electric Chair Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Jan 14, 15
Titan Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Jan 09, 15
Labor Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Dec 17, 14
Miasma Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Dec 12, 14
Inertia Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Oct 26, 14
Vasoconstriction Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Oct 23, 14
LEK4_AND Garrett Semmelink steel violin Composition Oct 19, 12
Untitled Cosmo D cello Composition Jul 06, 12
MAN QUA MAN Garrett Semmelink violin Composition May 30, 12
Maine Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Feb 10, 12
Drowned Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Feb 10, 12
Schadenfreude Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Jul 11, 11
Freiburg Garrett Semmelink violin Composition Jul 28, 10