As Principal Touring Conductor, Finnish-American conductor Erik Ochsner has led more than 50 performances of La La Land Live in Concert: from Beijing to Dallas, Jakarta to St. Louis, Moscow to Nashville, and Tokyo to Seattle! Praised for his clarity, flexibility, energy and versatility, Ochsner’s broad experience ranges from five to three hundred players in contemporary and modern works, to more traditional orchestral, opera and oratorio concerts, to “live in concert” film concerts of Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Frozen, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pixar in Concert, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness.
On only 40 hours’ notice, Ochsner flew to Taiwan to conduct 3 performances of Beauty and the Beast. Performed in English with chorus and orchestra; synchronized to the 2017 live action version of the Disney classic; original solo voices were heard from recording.
Ochsner conducted the world premiere of complete Beauty and the Beast as part of the 2018 Krakow Film Music Festival. Performed in Polish with live vocal soloists, orchestra and chorus in a 10,000 seat arena!
Ochsner is Music Director of SONOS Chamber Orchestra. The New York Times wrote, “All the hallmarks of a great Rite [of Spring] were here.” Ochsner appeared as Guest Conductor at the Nanjing Forest Music Festival; Music Director and conductor of the 2017 Opera America New Works Showcase, and he premiered The Music of Star Wars with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a full-length evening production featuring the music of John Williams and video game composer Gordy Haab.
Ochsner attended The Pierre Monteux School and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He lives in New York City, loves travelling, wine and collecting requiem recordings.