born on 26/10/1918 in Boras, Sweden
died on 16/2/2013 in Stockholm, Sweden
Eric Gustaf Ericson (26 October 1918 16 February 2013) was a Swedish choral conductor and influential choral teacher. He graduated from the Royal College of Music (Kungl. Musikhögskolan) in Stockholm in 1943 and went on to complete his studies abroad, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland, and in Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.
Renowned for his innovative teaching methods and the wide-ranging nature of his repertoire, Ericson was the principal conductor of the Orphei Drängar choir at Uppsala University from 1951 until 1991, and choirmaster until 1982 of the Swedish Radio Choir which was established on his initiative in 1951. Also in 1951, he began his teaching career at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he became a legendary and inspirational figure, and he was appointed to the chair of choral conducting there in 1968.
He won the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1995, and in 1997 Ericson shared the Polar Music Prize with Bruce Springsteen: the citation was for "pioneering achievements as a conductor, teacher, artistic originator and inspirer in Swedish and international choral music". On the occasion of his 80th birthday in 1998, Swedbank of Sweden endowed an "Eric Ericson Chair in Choral Directing" at Uppsala University.
He founded the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, and worked as a guest conductor for many ensembles and choirs including Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble (Bach's Passions), Netherlands Chamber Choir (Poulenc), Chur de chambre Accentus, Paris (Finnish works).
- Léonie Sonning Music Prize (1991; Denmark)
- Nordic Council Music Prize (1995, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland)
- Polar Music Prize (1997, Sweden)
- Compositions by Ingvar Lidholm, Sven-David Sandström, Tomas Jennefelt, Jorgen Jersild - Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Caprice CAP21461 2002
- List of Swedes in music
- Eric Ericson 26/10 1918 16/2 2013 Orphei Drängar official website (Swedish)
Körledaren Eric Ericson död, Upsala Nya Tidning, 16 February 2013. (Swedish)
Körlegenden Eric Ericson har gått bort Sveriges Radio 16 February 2013 (Swedish)
Körledaren Eric Ericson avliden Dagens Nyheter 16 February 2013 (Swedish)
- Prizewinners of 1997 Polar Music Prize
- Eric Ericson - 50 years with the Chamber Choir - Interview with Eric Ericson from 1997 in The Art Bin Magazine
- [Eric Ericson at All Music Guide Eric Ericson] at Allmusic
|Léonie Sonning Music Prize Laureates|
|1959 – 1980||
Igor Stravinsky (1959) Leonard Bernstein (1965) Birgit Nilsson (1966 ) Witold Lutosawski (1967) Benjamin Britten (1968) Boris Christoff (1969) Sergiu Celibidache (1970) Arthur Rubinstein (1971) Yehudi Menuhin (1972) Dmitri Shostakovich (1973) Andrés Segovia (1974) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1975) Mogens Wöldike (1976) Olivier Messiaen (1977) Jean-Pierre Rampal (1978) Janet Baker (1979) Marie-Claire Alain (1980)
|1981 – 2000||
Mstislav Rostropovich (1981) Isaac Stern (1982) Rafael Kubelík (1983) Miles Davis 1984) Pierre Boulez (1985) Sviatoslav Richter (1986) Heinz Holliger (1987) Peter Schreier (1988) Gidon Kremer (1989) György Ligeti (1990) Eric Ericson (1991) Georg Solti (1992) Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1993) Krystian Zimerman (1994) Yuri Bashmet (1995) Per Nørgård (1996) András Schiff (1997) Hildegard Behrens (1998) Sofia Gubaidulina (1999 ) Michala Petri (2000)
|2001 – 2020|