Edgar Girtain (b.1988) is a poly-stylistic american composer and arranger who works primarily in concert genres. Although his most well-known works are in a traditional vein which emphasizes melodic simplicity and textural transparency, he also frequently works in a more complex contemporary style.
His music has been often praised by international media, and he has several commercially available recordings. In addition to composing music that he himself performs, he also frequently writes for world-class musicians and amateurs alike, in widely ranging styles from pop to experimental contemporary music. He has also written dozens of works for pedagogical and classroom use.
Conservatory trained, Edgar earned a B.M. in Music Education from Rutgers University where he studied Trombone with John Rojak, and later a Master’s Degree in Composition from the same institution. His primary composition teachers were Charles Fussell, an american traditionalist, and Tarik O’Regan, an international cosmopolitan. Other early studies took him to Ithaca College, Princeton University, and the University of Madison Wisconsin, where he became personally acquainted with many leading composers and performers of the day.
Once completing his studies Edgar worked as a freelance musician around New York, teaching in public schools during the day, composing at night, teaching private students on Saturdays, and directing church choirs on Sundays. In 2016 he relocated to Puerto Montt, Chile, where he taught classroom music in a private catholic school and married Cristina Hoffmann, a Chilean physical therapist. Since 2019 he has assumed direction of the Casa de Las Artes for the University of Southern Chile’s Puerto Montt Campus (Universidad Austral de Chile sede Puerto Montt), and also started working on a PhD in composition with David Felder at the University of Buffalo (SUNY).