B.Mus., Calgary, M.Mus., Doc of Mus., U of Toronto
Erik Ross holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Toronto where his advisor was Christos Hatzis and where he was a two-time recipient of the John Weinzweig Scholarship. He spent two years composing for the Canadian Composers Music Workshop at the Festival of the Sound under the direction of Gary Kulesha, and he has acted as musical interpreter for numerous John Oswald projects.
Erik also takes great enjoyment in performing contemporary classical/jazz/rock repertoire, particularly that of his peers, and he is an improvising pianist and keyboardist. He has received numerous awards, fellowships and scholarships, including top prizes at SOCAN, and has received commissions from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Music Gallery, Roger D. Moore and the Laidlaw Foundation.
Erik is an avid educator, and has taught private and conservatory piano, theory, improvisation and composition lessons to individuals of all ages and ability levels for 15 years. He has been an instructor/composer for numerous music programs including: education director for Soundstreams Canada’s Cool Drummings Festival; the Canadian Music Centre’s outreach program; with the Gryphon Trio at Earl Haig Secondary School; the Classical Music Conservatory; the Canadian Composers Music Workshop; the Canadian League of Composers’ Composing the Future; the Canadian Children’s Opera Company’s OPERAtion KIDS program; and the Young People’s Theatre’s (Lorraine Kimsa) Music Theatre program. Erik Ross composes for all media.
His portfolio includes solo, chamber, vocal, and orchestral works, and he has written for productions that include electronics, theatre, film and dance. He has written works for artists and ensembles with performances of his works in Canada, the United States, Mexico, England, Japan, Thailand and Australia.
To see Erik's latest activities as a composer, visit: erikross.com