Kurt Erickson

Kurt Erickson currently serves as the 2013-16 composer-in-residence with San Francisco’s LIEDER ALIVE!, where his compositions are premiered by leading singers and instrumentalists. His music has been commissioned and performed by a wide range of ensembles – recent projects include a new commissioned work for the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Season, a work for soprano and orchestra to be performed across the country during the 2017-18 season, and multiple commissioned vocal work performances on the LIEDER ALIVE! subscription concert series.

While in his twenties, Mr. Erickson began a series of unique multi-year composer residencies, the first at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral (1999-2000) followed shortly thereafter at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi (2001-2003). Erickson has worked extensively with San Francisco Ballet Master Lawrence Pech, and his works have been broadcast nationally on syndicated radio programs and performed in leading concert halls.

Mr. Erickson frequently serves as a guest composer and speaker at colleges and universities across the country. His music has been described as “innovative,” (New York Times), “poetic” (Sacramento Bee), “show stopping” (SF Classical Voice) and “gripping” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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Upcoming Performances

February 13, 2016
Jäegermeisterlieder: A Song Set for Manly Men performed by basso Joseph Baunoch at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

March 13, 2016
Lieder Alive! Chamber Ensemble premieres When Numbers and Figures No Longer at the Noe Valley Ministry Benefit Concert. San Francisco, CA.

March 19, 2016
Jäegermeisterlieder: A Song Set for Manly Men performed by basso Joseph Baunoch at Bowling Green State University.

Past Performances

“Split My Heart”

from Kurt Erickson’s song set Four Andalusian Love Songs. Commissioned by countertenor Brian Asawa for a series of 2013-14 performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, and Seattle. Performed here at the 2014 Napa Music Festival.


Minnesota Public Radio – Part 1

Minnesota Public Radio – Part 2

Minnesota Public Radio – Part 3