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 February 2012, Ochsner made his Iceland Symphony Orchestra debut conducting the Lord of the Rings Symphony, immediately followed by two outdoor performances of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Live to Projection (FOTR) at the Kaohsiung (Taiwan) Spring Arts Festival, where audiences totaled 10,000 and performances included a brief live synchronized to film fireworks display! In 2011, he led successful performances of FOTR with the St. Louis Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic (Finland).
In March 2012, he made his debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with live-to-projection performances of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Future engagements include Adelaide, Athens, Berlin, Indianapolis, London, Melbourne, Milwaukee, Nurnberg, Ottawa, Reykjavik, Stuttgart, Sydney, Taipei, and Toronto.
Ochsner 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.
He is music director and founder of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra. For more information, please visit erikochsner.com.