Erik Ochsner’s versatility as a conductor has stretched across a broad range of repertoire: from conducting as few as five performers in contemporary and modern works, to leading 300 performers in “live to projection” concerts of films like Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Trek. He led the NAC Orchestra in their performance of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2012.
Equally comfortable on the concert stage or leading opera, oratorio and multimedia performances, he has appeared with orchestras around the globe from Beijing and Shanghai to Mexico City and Reykjavik.
As Music Director and founder of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra, he leads concerts in not often heard repertoire, frequently featuring Scandinavian composers. His first CD, An Orchestral Journey (Naxos) by
composer Brian Grundstrom, came out in August 2016.
Formerly the assistant conductor to both Tan Dun and Robert Spano, Ochsner graduated from Dartmouth College and studied at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors. He has worked with such conductors as Marin Alsop, Charles Bruck, Erich Kunzel, Helmut Rilling and Robert Spano. He resides in New York City where his hobbies include computers, traveling, wine and collecting requiem recordings.