Conductor Erik Ochsner is of American and Finnish descent and a graduate of Dartmouth College. He attended The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors where he studied under Charles Bruck. He studied with the great Baroque specialist Helmut Rilling and has been a student and assistant of Robert Spano.
In 2011, Erik led successful performances of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Live to Projection (FOTR) with the St. Louis Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic (Finland). Future engagements of FOTR will be in Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Ottawa, Melbourne and Adelaide.
In February 2012, Erik makes his Iceland Symphony Orchestra debut conducting the Lord of the Rings Symphony. In March 2012, he makes his debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with live-to-projection performances of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Future 2013 engagements include Adelaide, Berlin, Indianapolis, Melbourne, Nurnberg, Stuttgart and Sydney.
Erik conducted the Chinese premiere of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire at the 2007 Beijing Festival of Contemporary Music. He has worked closely with the composer Tan Dun for worldwide productions and workshops, including Tea: A Mirror of Soul and as assistant conductor and chorus master for the Shanghai workshop of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor, a Metropolitan Opera commission.
Erik assisted the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performances of The Map with Yo-Yo Ma in Boston, Tanglewood, and Carnegie Hall. Tan Dun personally invited him to conduct members of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in the composer’s Secret Land for 12 Celli and Concerto for Six.
As assistant conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Erik hosted and conducted educational concerts of Cosi fan tutte for 8,000 Brooklyn schoolchildren. Under his teacher Robert Spano, Erik worked on concerts, and opera productions including Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face; John Adams’ Nixon in China, and Death of Klinghoffer; and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. He participated in the Bayreuth International Youth Festival program, and subsequently was invited back as assistant conductor of the opera and orchestra programs.
Erik is music director and founder of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra. They have performed six U.S. premieres, and two world premieres. This season Erik will conduct SONOS in the U.S. premiere of Fredrik Sixten’s Requiem, plus works by Jón Leifs, and Johann Christian Bach.
He currently resides in New York City where his hobbies include computers, traveling, wine, and collecting requiem recordings.