Erik Barsness grew up in the
Twin Cities, in Minnesota and started playing percussion when he was 11. He
received his Bachelors Degree in percussion performance from the University of
Minnesota in 2001 where his teacher was Fernando Meza.
>From August 2002 until June
2005 Erik lived in Stockholm, Sweden studying at the Royal College of Music in
Sweden. He graduated with his Masters Degree in percussion from the Royal
College of Music and received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2002 for these
studies. His main teachers in Sweden were Anders Loguin of the percussion
ensembles Kroumata and Glorious Percussion, Daniel Kåse, principal
percussionist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Roland Johansson,
former principal timpanist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
Erik has performed throughout
the United States, Europe and Russia as a soloist and as a member of various
ensembles. European countries he has performed in included Sweden, Finland,
Åland, Estonia, Latvia and Germany. In the United States, he has performed at
several Festivals Dancing in Your Head at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis,
the Eye and Ear Festival at the Franconia Sculpture Park, the Walleye Art
Gallery in Chicago, IL, and Sprauge Hall at Yale University.
Erik is co-director and percussionist
with Ensemble 61, a Saint Paul-based
contemporary music group and performs frequently with the Minnesota Percussion Trio and
CRASH. He has been a guest percussionist with the St. Paul Chamber
Orchestra and has performed with the contemporary music ensemble
Zeitgeist, Nautilus Music Theater, and Ten Thousand Things Theater.
Erik has received several
awards from the American Composers Forum, the Jerome Foundation and was a
Fulbright Scholar. Erik is currently adjunct professor of percussion at
Saint Cloud State University and maintains an active private studio in the Twin
Cities. Please visit him at www.Erik-Barsness.com