R. Clipper Erickson
A passionate and colorful musician, Clipper Erickson made his debut as soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra at age 19 in Los Angeles. After studies at Indiana University, The Juilliard School and Yale University, he began performing as soloist with orchestra and recitalist throughout the United States as well as receiving prizes at several international competitions including the Busoni, William Kapell and the American Pianists Association. He has played in some of the most famous concert venues in the world, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Kennedy Center in Washington and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Critics use words like “color,” “power” and “excitement” to describe his performances. Typical is the Washington Post: “Like a true heroic pianist, Erickson approached Liszt with power, precision and Romantic abandon … A take-no-prisoners rendition.”
Erickson’s interpretations of American music in its wonderful diversity has flowered in a series of CD releases that have received considerable critical acclaim and have often been featured on radio stations throughout the United States. He encourages the love of music through his commitment to education, performing in schools, giving master classes and inspiring future generations of musicians. Recently he has been performing the chamber music of Beethoven and Mozart on period instruments.
Now living near Philadelphia, he is a roster member of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and continues to perform in recital and with orchestras throughout the United States. He teaches at Westminster Conservatory and Temple University where he is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has also taught at Bucknell University.
This season he premieres Sonata No. 5 by Laurie Altman in Philadelphia and Princeton. He will also be performing elsewhere in Pennsylvania, California and Baltimore, where he will be the soloist in the highly demanding Piano Concerto by Samuel Barber.