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Erik Peterson enjoys sharing great music with a broad audience. Along with numerous performances with Mendelssohn Trio he also has many solo opportunities and concerts with Ivy Street Ensemble throughout Colorado, the United States, and Europe. In his role as Artistic Director of both Chintimini Chamber Music Festival and Front Range Chamber Players Erik reaches large audiences with diverse and innovative programming.

Collaborations to create new works and showcase living composers are passions for Erik. Working with composers such as Kenji Bunch, Maria Grenfell, Obo Addy, David Crumb, Jacob Avshalomov, and David Mullikin have brought new and invigorating works into the classical repertoire. Continually striving to bring chamber music to a wide array of communities with his ensembles, Erik collaborates with schools, retirement homes, and other organizations to engage students and adults in the art of chamber music. Performances are often heard on Colorado Public Radio, and Oregon Public Radio and National Public Radio.

Teaching is a passion for Erik. He maintains a home studio, and has taught for Colorado State University, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, and Denver School of the Arts, and is frequently engaged to give master classes. He enjoys working with all of his talented students, many of whom have succeeded in local and national competitions, attended prestigious summer festivals, and have been accepted to renowned collegiate music schools and conservatories.

To further pursue his passion for chamber music and teaching, Erik changed course and moved away from orchestral playing.  A violinist for 28 years with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, he also served as Concertmaster of Great Falls Symphony, Up Close and Musical, and Opera Steamboat.  As Principal Second Violinist of The American Sinfonietta, Erik performed in great concert halls of Europe on several international tours.  

When not performing, teaching, or creating concert opportunities for audiences of all ages, Erik enjoys spending time with his family, skiing and hiking.

For more information about Erik and upcoming performances, visit www.earwarp.com.