Eric K, a native of West Los Angeles, made his conducting debut with a youth orchestra at nineteen. After completing his B.A. and M.F.A. degrees respectively in Music Education and Conducting at UCLA, K accepted a fellowship to study conducting at Stanford, where he completed his doctorate in Orchestral Conducting in 1985. He has performed at the Aspen Music Festival as a member of the prestigious Conducting Master Class, and has studied with Samuel Krachmalnick, Paul Vermel and Andor Toth.
Dr. K has performed with the Diablo Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Saratoga Symphony, Schola Cantorum (Mountain View), Rose City Chamber Orchestra (OR), Mesa Symphony (AZ), San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Oakland Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, South Valley Symphony (San Jose, CA), San Mateo Symphony and Theatreworks (Palo Alto, CA).
Eric K now has six compact discs with Redwood Symphony. Two feature the works of Stravinsky, including The Rite of Spring and Petrushka. Other recorded works include Pictures at an Exhibition and the complete Rodeo ballet. Dr. K has appeared on six nationally distributed cable broadcasts.
An accomplished opera and theater conductor, Maestro K has been the music director for productions of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George, (for which K received the 1987 Bay Area Theater Critics' Circle Award and the Hollywood Dramalogue Award), My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, and Cabaret. In 1996, K initiated a series of concert operas with Redwood Symphony, including Sweeney Todd, Candide, Don Giovanni, Porgy and Bess, Carmen, La Bohème and The Mikado.
Dr. K has guest conducted:
Rose City Chamber Orchestra (OR)
Mesa Symphony (AZ)
San Francisco Concerto Orchestra
Oakland Symphony Chorus
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
South Valley Symphony (San Jose, CA)
San Mateo Symphony
Theatreworks (Palo Alto, CA)
Ramshead Productions and Stanford Savoyards (Stanford University).