Erik Andersen Cello & Violin/Viola Faculty
Erik Andersen is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at the City University of New York where he completed studies in modern cello under the direction of Marcy Rosen and additional studies in historical performance with Lisa Terry. Today, he is equally at home on both the modern and baroque cello as well as viola da gamba and enjoys engaging with students in various modes of music-making. He knows first-hand the impact accessible music programs can have on our children’s lives, as he was dependent on outreach programs like Borough-Wide Orchestra, All-City Orchestra, and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York at a time when music lost funding and was removed from the public school curriculum. In addition to providing for his musical education, such programs also paved the way for him to grow into the teacher he is today, when at age 16 he was invited to participate in a teaching internship program through the InterSchool Orchestras of New York.
Erik has since continued to serve the community as both a performer and educator, through outreach programs, benefit concerts, and by serving as a music teacher and coach for students ranging in age from 4 to 64 years old. He strives to honor the unique musical journey of each of his students while instilling in them a deep respect for their peers and community. As a current MA of Teaching candidate at the University of San Francisco, he is committed to facilitate the learning of all students and to promoting harmony and good-will in this world through teaching and music-making.
You can see Erik in performance around San Francisco and the Bay Area in concert and recital, and notably playing with the new early music ensemble HIP Forum.