Finnish-American conductor Erik Ochsner’s versatility as a conductor has stretched across a broad range of repertoire: from conducting as few as five performers in contemporary and modern works, to leading 300 performers in “live to projection” film concerts of Back to the Future, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Frozen, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pixar in Concert, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.
As Principal Touring Conductor of La La Land, he will conduct over 50 performances across the globe in such cities as Dallas, Montreal, Seattle, and across Australia, China, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, and Scandinavia! After a performance in the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Radio Canada wrote, “[Ochsner] was of remarkable precision to the musical direction…the music of the orchestra seemed to emanate from the film. There was no distinction between the screen and the stage.”
Equally comfortable on the concert stage or leading opera, oratorio and multi-media performances, he has appeared with orchestras and ensembles in Adelaide, Albuquerque, Beijing, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kaohsiung, Kitchener-Waterloo, Krakow, Leipzig, Melbourne, México City, Monterrey, Moscow, New York, Oregon, Ottawa, Portland, Reykjavik, Richmond, Rochester, Round Top Festival Institute (Texas), St. Louis, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tampere, Wellington and Wolf Trap.
Ochsner is Music Director of New York’s SONOS Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Times reviewed a performance by saying, “All the hallmarks of a great Rite [of Spring] were here.” Ochsner was Music Director and conductor of the 2017 Opera America New Works Showcase. In 2016, Ochsner premiered The Music of Star Wars with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a full length evening production featuring the music of John Williams and video game composer Gordy Haab.
Ochsner attended The Pierre Monteux School and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He lives in New York City, loves travelling, wine and collecting requiem recordings.
Erik Ochsner will conduct La La Land on 21 September 2017