Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both classical and jazz music, as a pianist and organist, composer, and conductor. Since moving to the NY Metropolitan area in 1992, Eric has worked, recorded, or collaborated with classical musicians and Opera singers Betty Allen, Klara Barlow, Walter Cassel, Margaret Harshaw, Martha Lipton, Kevin Maynor, Steve Oosting, Giorgio Tozzi, and Virginia Zeani; and jazz musicians Pharoan Aklaff, David Baker, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks III, Ed Cherry, Mike Clark, Ratzo Harris, Billy Hart, Tim Horner, John Isley, Steve Johns, Mike Karn, Mike Lee, B.D. Lenz, Eric Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dominic Spera, Eliot Zigmund, and a host of other musicians. His discography includes classical recordings as a soloist, accompanist and choral music conductor, jazz recordings, and recordings for meditation. He has recorded four albums with Kevin Maynor, including the Grammy nominated Black Art Song in 2000.
Eric Olsen has performed at jazz festivals, in recitals, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern and Weill Halls, at Birdland, and the Knitting Factory, and overseas in France, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Fiji. Mr. Olsen has performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm Variations (including his own jazz cadenza) with the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan and the
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to maintaining a busy performing schedule, Mr. Olsen is Director of Music and Organist at Union Congregational Church in Montclair, NJ. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at Montclair State University and Caldwell College, and a member of the Piano Faculty at the Judith Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Mr. Olsen holds two Master’s degrees in Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s with High Distinction in Piano and Organ Performance from Syracuse University. More information can be found at www.EricOlsenMusic.com.