Michael Barrett



Michael Warren Barrett was born in Washington, D.C. and began his music studies at the age of 12 with guitar, voice, and music theory.  He continued on to his bachelor degree at Baldwin-Wallace College conservatory of music, where he was a three time recipient of the the Lee Goldstein Composition Award.

After his bachelor, he moved to Mannheim, Germany, where he continued with his composition studies under Sidney Corbett.  During his studies, he composed his acclaimed piano solo, Listen to this Alone.  He also enjoyed many collaborative projects, such as working with composer Friedrich Stockmeier to compose a new score to the 1920’s Charlie Bowers film, Egged On.  This film with its new score was broadcast on ARTE TV and performed live in Heidelberg.  He has worked on projects as a Composer/Instructor at the National Theater and Theater Osnabrück.  His orchestra piece ‘Pull’ was Performed in both Mannheim and Heidelberg in 2015 and received honorable mentions from the American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood New Music Readings & Comission competition.

His guitar solo Ocean Still has been published by Verlag Neue Musik and can be heard on Maximilian Mangold’s solo CD, Strahlen. Licht.  He also has a collection of student guitar ensemble pieces which have been performed multiple times and have also been published.  His recent choir piece, Isiah, was commissioned and performed the Junger Kammerchor Mannheim.


Mixed Choir
Duration: 7′
Premiered by the Junger Kammerchor Mannheim, 2018

Im Gewitter der Rosen
Bass Clarinet, Harp, Percussion, and Soprano solist
Duration: 6′
premiered by Theater Osnabrück, 2017
Baritone and Guitar or Harpsichord
Duration: 4′
premiered by Theater Osnabrück, 2017

Ocean Still
Solo Guitar
Duration: 8′
Commissioned and recorded by Maximilian Mangold
Flute, Viola, and Harp
Duration: 18′
Premiered by Trio Momentum, 2016


Clarinet and Organ
Duration: 6′
Premiered by Nico Friedrich, solo clarinetist of the Mannheim Opera, 2016

2 Songs of Hermann Hesse
Duration: 6′
For Soprano or Tenor and Piano, 2015
Duration: 15′
Premiered in Heidelberg, Germany and Mannheim, Germany in February 2015


Soundtrack to Egged On By Charley Bowers
Mixed Chamber Ensemble (8 Musicians)
Duration: 20′
Broadcast internationally by Arte for 2 weeks in December 2014



Night Fall Storm
two Guitars, 2020

Winter Night Whispers
two Guitars, 2019
What Hides in the Forest
solo Guitar 2018
To Fell A Tree
three Guitars, 2016


Strahlen. Licht.
By Solo Guitarist Max Mangold.



Visit the website: www.michaelwarrenbarrett.com



Suite for Guitar Orchestra
No dates announced yet
To be performed by the Jugend-Gitarrenorchester von Baden-Württemberg