B i o g r a p h y
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.