Eric Zivian is a fortepianist, modern pianist, and composer. He has been a soloist with the Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque Orchestras, the Santa Rosa and Toronto Symphonies, among others and has given solo recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2000, Eric has performed extensively on original instruments, playing fortepiano in the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio performing at Chamber Music San Francisco, the Da Camera series in Los Angeles, Boston Early Music, the Seattle Early Music Guild and Caramoor. He is a founder and Music Director of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, a new festival in Sonoma specializing in Classical and Romantic music on period instruments.
He is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay and is a frequent guest artist on the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s faculty chamber music series.
Eric studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center both as a performer and as a composer. He was awarded an ASCAP Jacob Druckman Memorial Commission to compose an orchestral work, Three Character Pieces, which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in March 1998.