Active in the greater Boston area, Erik Gustafson (born 1972) has continued to pursue several musical endeavors while serving local community. Besides singing, playing the piano, and writing music in connection with his home church: Old South Church in Boston, Erik has welcomed serving as a pianist for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. Known mainly as an “accomplished” composer, Erik has had several commissions and requests for new music. Both sacred and secular, these requests for new music have involved jazz-style as well as classical and even cross-over pieces.
For several years, Erik has remained grateful for music featured in a variety of events and observances. Also, Erik has appreciated the opportunity to cultivate an international audience with an original YouTube channel, a website, and various recording projects, both past and present. Locally, Erik has shared original music in collaboration with established performers and ensembles. Vocal artists, such as Adriana Repetto, Alecia Batson, and Rob Woodin, and instrumentalists including Willie Sordillo, Harry Huff, and Sam Ou have performed as well as recorded Erik’s music. Acclaimed as “lyrical,” “neo-tonal,” “idiomatic,” and “visionary,” Erik’s musical output has also been called “physiologically correct (P.C.).”
Having earned degrees in music from Harvard College and from Indiana University, School of Music (Bloomington), Erik has also aspired to life-long learning. Having enjoyed studies with Alice Parker, Erik has audited courses at Harvard Divinity School and Hebrew College. Erik has also completed two residencies as Composer Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in 2012 and 2016.