BioPosted on June 6, 2011
Eric Allen, born in Portland, Oregon, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improvisor living in New York City. He has performed with new music groups such as the Mimesis Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and ensemble mise-en, and is currently a cellist of the Chelsea Symphony. He has also performed in musicals at The Players Theatre and regularly freelances with singer-songwriters and jazz ensembles.
Eric’s compositional style is a direct result of his varied performing background, and often combines elements from different genres to create his compositional voice. His recent compositions have been performed by Mr McFall’s Chamber, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, the Quadraphonnes, and the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble. In 2009, he was commissioned by the Portland Ballet to revise the score of La Boutique Fantasque for their annual Fall performances. He is currently a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
Eric’s instrument of choice is the cello. He has played in professional orchestras such as the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Portland Festival Symphony, and the Astoria Festival Orchestra. He is the recipient of the 2009 Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music Performance. Eric also plays trumpet, mostly in jazz bands, and has also given performances on piano, melodica, accordion, and bicycle.
Eric graduated from Indiana University with a master’s degree in cello performance where he served as an Associate Instructor of cello. He received his bachelor’s degree in cello performance and composition at Portland State University.
Eric Allen can be reached at erictheallen AT gmail DOT com.