Eric R. Stewart’s (b. 1985) music has been performed throughout North America and Europe by such artists as the Talea Ensemble, the Cambridge Modern Orchestra, renowned concert organist Felix Hell, and the multi-Grammy Award-winning Gregg Smith Singers.
As a conductor, Eric has appeared at such venues as Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), the Four Seasons Centre of the Canadian Opera Company (Bradshaw Amphitheatre), and has been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). He served as the Assistant Conductor for the Argento Ensemble, the gamUT Contemporary Ensemble (Toronto, Canada), and as Cover Conductor with the Harbor Opera Company (Baltimore, MD), the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble/Baltimore Baroque Band, and the 92Y Orchestra (New York, NY).
Eric was a finalist in the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition, as well as for the ASCAP Morton Gould Award. He was the recipient of the Arthur Plettner Fellowship from the University of Toronto, the Susan and Ford Schumann Scholarship from the Aspen Music Festival, and the Louis Cheslock Memorial Scholarship from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Recordings of Eric are available on the Albany and MSR Classics Labels.
Eric grew up in Buffalo, New York. His academic studies took place at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (B.M., M.M.) and the University of Toronto (D.M.A.). He has served as Composer-Advisor to Les Plaisirs non-Coupables (Quebec, Canada) and Co-director of Lex54 Concerts. Eric currently lives in New York City. He serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Island Symphony Orchestra, Music Director and Conductor of the Long Island Festival Orchestra, and Artist Director of the Mahler Festival of Long Island. He is the Director of Orchestral Studies at Long Island University- Post, where he also teaches composition, orchestration, and aural skills.