Pianist, teacher, and Music Director, Erik Flaten was born and raised in Eastern Washington State. Erik has been heard as both a soloist and collaborative pianist in his native Pacific Northwest, as well as in major cities including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City.
Erik currently resides in Philadelphia, where he coaches and plays for a diverse range of singers. In addition to coaching and playing, Erik works as Music Director for musical theater, manages the local chapter of Opera on Tap, and serves as Artistic Director of the Media Performing Arts Series. Previous successes include performances with mezzo-soprano, Angela Niederloh and baritone, Matthew Hayward in Portland, and a performance of the Grieg piano concerto with the West Seattle Symphony. Upcoming engagements on the East Coast include collaborative work with bass-baritone, Daniel Mobbs and multiple performances with soprano, Leah Golub.
Erik’s passion for teaching has led him to be an adjudicator for various music festivals and competitions. He currently maintains a small studio of committed piano students in Philadelphia, and has held positions at New York University, Chabot College, and California State Summer Arts. Erik’s research interests include new music, particularly American opera, and the ways in which new commissions are tied to social progress and cultural economics. In August of 2017, Erik traveled to Bern, Switzerland to attend the Branding Western Music conference, where musicologists from around the world gathered to debate and discuss the future of classical music. Above all, Erik has a love for opera, and is constantly seeking ways to do his part in keeping the art form alive and relevant.