Eric Erhardt – Bio

Eric Erhardt, originally from Philadelphia, PA, has had the tremendous fortune of visiting six continents through his career in music. He is honored to have performed with such distinguished musicians and groups as The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Pablo Batista, Greg Burk, Winston Byrd, Chet Catallo, Pete Christlieb, Mark Diamond, The Drifters, The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, The Eastman Wind Ensemble, The Either Orchestra, Marty Ehrlich, Peter Erskine, Charles Fambrough, Tony Gairo, Brad Goode, John Hollenbeck, The Jazz Composers Alliance, Jon-Erik Kellso, David Liebman, John Lockwood, Steve March-Tormé, Larry McKenna, Bob Moses, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, John Patitucci, Ken Peplowski, Felipe Salles, Antonio Sanchez, Gunther Schuller, Bobby Shew, Diane Shuur, The Stylistics, Gary Versace, Bill Watrous, and Dan Willis.

As a multiple woodwind specialist, Eric toured in several international productions, including Fosse, A Chorus Line, Ragtime, She Loves Me, Grease, Broadway! The Big Band Years, and The Big Apple Circus. Following a national audition in 2003, he was chosen to perform as clarinet soloist on Benny Goodman’s Sing, Sing, Sing with the musical Fosse. Traveling with this show, Eric shared the stage with Broadway and film legend Ben Vereen in Paris, France, and West End star Ruthie Henshall throughout the United Kingdom. From 2005 to 2007, he worked for Columbia Artists Management on three national tours, backing up clarinetist Ken Peplowski, vocalists Steve March-Tormé (son of jazz icon Mel Tormé), Robin Skye, and Tony Award winner Alfred Boe.

Eric’s debut CD as a leader (set for release in Fall of 2011) features eight originals arranged for septet. This recording highlights the prodigious talents of Mike Davis, Russ Johnson, Sebastian Noelle, Nick Paul, Linda Oh, James Shipp, and Dan Willis.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Music in Applied Saxophone from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Ramon Ricker, Bill Dobbins, Rayburn Wright, and Fred Sturm. He also studied privately with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Fred Hersch, and Bob Moses while earning a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory. Private woodwind study beyond his degrees includes lessons with Lawrence Feldman, Ed Joffe, David Smeyers, Susan Gall-Hampton, Craig Nordstrom (BSO), and Tilmann Dehnhard.

Eric currently resides in Arvada, CO, and teaches woodwinds at the Community College of Aurora and Music & Arts Center in Westminster. He maintains an active performance schedule at venues along the Colorado Front Range and beyond. For more information please visit www.ericerhardtmusic.com.

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