Eric Guinivan’s music has been performed across the United States as well as in Spain, France, Greece, Estonia, and Japan. His music has been performed by the Ovideo Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra of St. Louis, the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Quey Percussion Duo, and the New York Symphony Singers, among others. Eric’s music has received several awards and honors, including 2007, 2010, and 2011 BMI Student Composer Awards and 2008 and 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Eric has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, the Michigan Music Teachers Association, the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Vicki Ray. His compositions for percussion are published by HoneyRock. Eric began studying percussion at age 10 and is currently an active performer based in Los Angeles. A founding member of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Eric recently completed a three-year tenure as principal timpanist of the YMF Debut Orchestra and has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles around the country, with featured performances on prominent concert series such as Monday Evening Concerts, April in Santa Cruz, and the Morrison Artist Series. Eric made his debut performance as orchestral soloist in 2008 premiering his own Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra with the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony and will make his Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2011 premiering his new work Meditation and Awakening with the New York Youth Symphony. In March 2010 Eric received the Presser Foundation's Presser Music Award, a $10,500 grant funded a Los Angeles Percussion Quartet West Coast Tour featuring his music in April 2011. Active in music education, Eric is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California, where he teaches composition, music theory, and aural skills and an instructor at Renaissance Arts Academy in Eagle Rock, California. Eric has presented guest masterclasses and percussion clinics at numerous colleges and universities, including Chapman University in Orange, California, San Francisco Conservatory, and at Sakuyo Kurashiki University in Okayama, Japan. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Eric received Bachelor of Music Degrees in Composition and Percussion Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music. Eric will complete his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition from USC in August, 2011.
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