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Biography

As an accomplished and gifted musician, Erik K. Gustafson has remained active in the greater Boston area. Currently serving as Composer-in-Residence for Old South Church in Boston, Erik has also performed in the area as pianist and as choral singer. Having world-wide appeal and audience, Erik’s music has played on Erik’s international YouTube channel, and it has appeared on professionally-released recordings, including Sam Ou’s and Harry Huff’s CD: With String and Pipe (2012). Locally, Erik’s music has had renditions by established performers and ensembles. Vocal artists Adriana Repetto, Alecia Batson, Carrie Cheron, and Rob Woodin, and instrumentalists Sam Ou and Willie Sordillo have all performed his music. In addition, renowned choral ensemble, Musica Sacra (Mary Beekman, Director) has also performed Erik’s work in concert.  Besides being acclaimed as “lyrical” and “accessible,” a resounding description of Erik’s music has come in being called “physiologically correct (P.C.)”.

Beyond earning degrees from Harvard College and Indiana University, School of Music (Bloomington), Erik has aspired to support life-long learning. Having enjoyed studies with Alice Parker, Erik has also attended courses at Harvard Divinity School and Hebrew College. With sojourns in 2012 and 2016, he has also completed two residencies as Composer Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).

In 2018, Erik has released a full-length album: For A Moment– that is, as composer and as pianist. Conceived in part for people suffering from conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, the album features ten original pieces for piano solo. Overall, the album fits general themes of Erik’s musical pursuits: healing, caring, and lifting up ideas, occasions, and feelings.

Currently, Erik has been working on revising works and on composing varied new pieces. For instance, he is writing a set of jazz works to be collected in Good Evening Friends: A Jam Session; and he hopes eventually to make a full-length album by the same name. In addition, Erik is working on a few piano pieces, such as Ebony and Ivory (All Keys Matter), a few choral works, and other works for instrumental and/or chamber ensembles.