Erik Flaten is a experienced concert pianist who can provide a variety of music for any event. Erik is has provided music for numerous weddings, funerals, parties, and more. Erik will communicate with you to decide what music you find best and can take any recommendation.
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Pianist Erik Flaten was born and raised in Eastern Washington state. He has been heard all across the northwest and beyond, in cities including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and internationally in Prague and Salzburg. Erik has been a guest artist at Whitman College, Portland State University, The Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, California State University Summer Arts, the West Seattle Symphony, and the Gig-Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra.
Erik began his musical studies as a pianist, French Hornist and singer. At Central Washington University, he studied with esteemed pianist, Dr. John Pickett. During his time at CWU, Erik discovered his love and talent for chamber music and collaborating with other musicians, especially vocalists. His success as a collaborative pianist led him to many exciting performances, including his debut at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.
After graduating from CWU with honors, Erik moved to New York City to serve as an adjunct faculty member of New York University’s Steinhardt School, which allowed him opportunities to teach, and to serve as assistant music director on numerous musical theater and operatic productions. While at NYU, Erik also pursued a Masters Degree in collaborative piano under the tutelage of Dr. Grant Wenaus of Glimmerglass Opera. Additionally, he played for the studio of renowned NYC voice teacher, Michael Ricciardone. Erik also continued to study solo piano with acclaimed champion of new music, Anthony De Mare.
Recent successes have included countless performances in the San Francisco area, an all-Schumann concert with mezzo-soprano, Angela Niederloh and baritone, Matthew Hayward. He has also played with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, Pacific Youth Chorus, and most recently, served as assistant conductor of the Wellspring Ensemble. In December of 2014 Erik Flaten performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the West Seattle Symphony.
Erik's recent achievements in music theater include being music director and conductor for a production of Fiddler on the Roof in the East Bay and working as a guest artist for California State Summer Arts. After opening night of Fiddler on the Roof the Piedmont Post stated, "the music blooms as a -piece orchestra conducted by music director Erik Flaten accompanies the full cast in a brilliant choral account of their tradition." At Summer Arts Erik Flaten worked as the staff accompanist, coaching singers and playing for daily masterclasses with Tony Award winning music director Rob Fisher.
Currently residing in Philadelphia and Manhattan, Erik is highly sought after for his collaborative work with both instrumentalists and vocalists. He is comfortable in all musical styles and genres, and has an extensive knowledge of music history and theory. He is currently on faculty at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
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